My PC crashed then would not boot, sending no signal to the monitor event though all fans, lights, hdd etc appears to start running normally.
So I removed all but one stick of RAM, inserted an older gfx card and got it to send a signal to the monitor but it displays the following message - 'DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER'.
I then removed that HDD and replaced it with an older one, but it still displays the same message.
Next I took the original HDD to a different and fully working PC, and lo and behold the PC booted into Windows (Safe Mode). So I have managed to recover my data!
Anyone have ideas as to what may have happened - could it be a motherboard problem, in that the GTX8800 and the HDD are not being recognised?
I also took the GTX8800 card to a different PC but it would not post, though the PSU may be underpowered, but not altogether certain.
Anyone had a similar experience, or could shed any light on this? Need to figure out what exactly I need to replace, if anything, before spending the cash!
I have spent hours trawling forums and seeing many similar threads, but nothing that quite matches my case (specifically the HDD working inside a different PC).
Thanks in advance!
Spec as follows:
Intel Dual Core CPU
Asus P5n32-e sli
500 GB Samsung HDD
Sounds Like your motherboard SATA controller is dead. The fact the video card isn't working too sounds like you took a power surge. Try using a different SATA port. If not, you might be able to get it to work with a cheap PCIe SATA card.