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April 18, 2013 2:23:25 PM

Hello all,

So lets get right into it. I had an old cooler master tower, I just bought a Antec P280. I simply switched all the components from one tower to another. Now when I boot up my computer it prompts me with a screen that says "please insert the proper boot device and press any key". I have gone into my bios and nothing is there. It isnt recognizing my hard drive or my optical drive. I opened and double checked the connections, they are plugged in. Hard drive is SATA1 optical is SATA2. The drives aren't even spinning. It makes me think they simply aren't getting power. The reason I am so perplexed is the exact same equipment was just in another computer tower and it worked fine. Any thoughts? Any help is appreciated
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April 18, 2013 3:20:14 PM

Try resetting your bios, make sure power is being supplied to the drives, (does the optical drive open/close ok? if ok then swap the power cable with the one from the hdd and does it still work ok?)
Worst case - pull the motherbd from the case and look for something shorting the board from underneath. ( and pray you didn't kill your motherbd.)
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April 18, 2013 3:37:41 PM

popatim said:
Try resetting your bios, make sure power is being supplied to the drives, (does the optical drive open/close ok? if ok then swap the power cable with the one from the hdd and does it still work ok?)
Worst case - pull the motherbd from the case and look for something shorting the board from underneath. ( and pray you didn't kill your motherbd.)


the optical drive will not open, the hard drive does not spin. The motherboard lights up, all the fans work, the video card works, yet the SATA connections seem to be dead. It is very strange, I've been building my own computers for over 15 years and I have never had this issue. This honestly makes no sense to me, but I'm kinda throwing a hail mary here. I reset the bios and it didn't help.
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April 18, 2013 8:25:04 PM

You could try removing the components from the case and "breadboarding" the system on a clean non-conductive surface. If it all can work on the table top breadboard, you will know there is something going wrong in the mounting of the mobo in the case. But if it fails on the breadboard the same as in the case, working your way up from simplest configuration (PSU, CPU, 1 stick RAM, vid card and monitor, keyboard, and a way to switch on and off) by adding components, you may find which one is causing failure.
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