I have a few questions and if you could answer them that would be great.
First of all, if you scratch something on your motherboard, can it still boot up? Because there is no visible damage but I think I hit it pretty hard with the screw driver. It boots up fine but it can't seem to start my OS. Maybe it screwed some of the connectors or something?
When I turn on my computer, it starts up fine but then before it can read anything off the HDD it says "press any key to reboot."
I don't think the harddrive failed because I was able to run a system restore and install windows fine and everything. I even used a bootdisk to check the directories on the hard drive. Everything was in place. It just won't start up!
Did you change any hardware on your system....like a motherboard? If you swapped motherboards (Especially chipsets)then you will have to do a complete fresh reinstall. Sometimes you can get away with it on the same chipset but you should do a reinstall from scratch.
Your hard drive LED on the case should flash when you first turn the computer on. If it turns on and stays one, your cable is backwards. If it doesn't turn on at all, your drive is either unplugged, missing, or fried, or your IDE light isn't connected to the board properly.
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