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My HP Pavilion Desktop started acting weird. The screen started distorting ( like bad tv reception). And then started to freeze up and completely crash down. Upon reboot an error message popped up saying "hard-drive failure is imminent, please back up blah blah blah...."

Later, the hard-drive just didn't boot up at all and I got the "No Hard Disk Found" message after trying to restore. I figured the hard-drive must have been bad. So, I went out and bought a new one today (500gb SATA Wester Digital HD), and now it's still saying "no hard disk found". I checked the connections and the new HD is plugged in properly. Could this be a problem with the mother board?

ps. it has an on-board graphics card.

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Interesting. Does it spin up? If your CD/DVD ROM is SATA, you could try swaping their cables? If the CD still boots, I would focus your attention on the new drive. If not, the controller may be bad (onboard?)

Post back here and let us know what you find out.

Good Luck

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Thanks for repsonding techs.

I tried what you My DVD Rom was actually SATA. I tried swapping the cables but to no avail. The computer simply won't recognize the hard drive. The old or the new one.

I definitely think it has something to do with the motherboard.

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IT could be the mobo, but did the DVD drive respond on the other SATA connector? Also, are you using a new SATA cable? What about the old drive with the dvd drives data and power cables? If the DVD drive works, the hard drive should!

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Update.


Well, I have a GeForce FX 5200 PCI card that I was using as my primary video card. So, I switched the vga cable to the onboard video card and set the default in the BIOS to the ONBOARD card for the primary.

And now it's looks distorted again. Now, I know for sure it's definitely the motherboard.

Also, I made a mistake in telling you that the DVD-ROM was sata. It was not and there was no way to switch the cables. The only thing I could do was try the addition cables that were already in the unit. They didn't work of course. Looks like i'm either going to have to buy a new motherboard or scrap this piece of garbage and get something new for my mother. Maybe a MAC!! :)

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