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My harddrive will not start when I turn the computer on. After many tries(6-10) of pushing the power button on, then holding it in to reset, etc...the harddrive will kick in. Once the computer is up and running its fine, as long as I dont turn it off.

This is driving me nuts. The bios detects everything and says all is good. Is it the psu or the motherboard or maybe the powerswitch itself..I have a cooler master case. And I did try another powerswitch and it did the same thing.

I have a 465 Enermax psu on order and another stick of 512 ram on the way. If that doesnt work, im RMAing the mobo back to newegg for a new one. Any recomendations?

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Asus P4c800 Deluxe
P4 2.8 800mhz
512 DDR400 PC3200 ram
350w Enermax PSU
Maxtor 80 gig HD
 

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I've had a number of hard disks that would develop this problem, though it's not nearly as common as it used to be a few years ago. The name in the old days was "stiction", where the heads would glue themselves to the disk in the lubricant used on the platters. I'd keep your backups current and start saving your pennies for a new drive, because I think you're going to need it. :)
 

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I would say it is time to start looking for another HD. It happened to me too and your HD is about to die for good. One of these times you will hit that reboot button a bazillion times and it wont matter...............HD will be DOA.

Good luck,

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Its a brand new HD. I bought another one to try and it did the same thing.

I tried it in my other computer and it boots up fine, everytime. Thanks for the replys though.

Update: Ive been doing some detective work. I took out the power cable from my coolermaster case and tried it in my old computer. It powered up fine. I looked at the asus board and where the power button switch plugs into its pretty loose. so im guessing its a lose connection.

i fiddled with the connectors and made it fit tighter and it seems to be firing up now on every try. I dont know what I dislike more...working on my Camaro or this computer. both offer much frustration but when working correctly, makes life more fun. I guess this stuff is love/hate.
 

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I just bought the same mobo
P4C800
Pentium 4 (2.4GB 800fsb)


I found that I was getting this problem too. I would press the power on button and only the fans would kick into life (seemed that the harddrive wasnt working), however the Hard drive was not to blame. It is either the mobo, cpu or ram where the fault lies (in my case but not necessarily yours).

Try taking out the cpu and ram then powering up. If the mobo doesn't beep at you then it could be a fault with the board.

I've returned my mobo, cpu and ram to the place where I bought them for "Fault finding".

Will let you know the result in about 10 days or so
 

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Just read your original post again and realised that you are getting past POST whereas i can't even get my BIOS to boot so it looks like our problems are unrelated - DOH soz :angel:
 

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kirky, im havin the same prob as you i think ... same set up too (p4c800 p4 2.8c)

all the fans run but nothing else

i cleared the bios with the jumpers and again by pulling the battery and it still did the same thing

finally i let it sit spinning the fans for about an hour and it started up, and would restart and everything fine for a while, but it was only opperating at 1.4 ghz (without any intentional throttle on my part) ... and the it did start up again at some point and hasnt since ...

i emailed asus

please let me know how your problem resolves!

by the way, did this all start with you by the computer going to sleep? mine was working fine for days until i told it to sleep, then it shut down completely and all of this started ...

any good luck ...
 
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