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February 7, 2011 12:54:36 PM

hey i have a w3615 emachine with intel board i put in new 500 gig hd sata blanked the cmos and now all it does is beep 3 times no video i have the restore cd and cant do nothing now? any help or how to or what tos would be good thanks

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February 10, 2011 12:27:31 AM

What do you mean by "blanked the cmos"?
February 13, 2011 5:56:57 AM

You may have installed the ribbon cable to the ATA hard drive backwards. Anytime you get three beeps instead of just a single peep, you have a problem. Sometimes connecting the cable backwards can fry the CPU or MOBO.
The ribbon cable on HD must be installed with the red tracer facing toward the four power input pins. That is not a hot-swap cable. The system must be turned off when the ribbon cable is either unplugged of plugged in.
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