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I have recently assembled a computer out of old components, a Gigabyte 8SMMLP Motherboard with 1GB worth's SD-Ram, a 256MB Geforce FX5200 graphics card and Intel 2.6GHz CPU. Has got Windows XP Professional installed so I know everything were working well before I shut down and left the computer.

When I turned it on it throws me a "Drive Read Error", it's unable to read either my DVD Drive or the HDD, I checked both and they are working in my other systems. It was never networked with other systems because it's a newly built system.

It boots up, so it can't be the processor or RAM; I suspect I may have damaged a bridge since I had to overclock it a bit to get it up to speed, or could this be the BIOS?
If anyone can provide me with some insight I'd gladly appreciate it.

(I know I've posted the same thread before but under the wrong category, and since I'm new I've no idea about how to remove that post.)

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I think I may have traced the problem, I'm not 100% sure on it though, I'll try to figure this one out here, CD boots with HDD disconnected. HDD alone gives the error. Corrupted HD?

Would appreciate any responses.

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I was gonna suggest an IDE controller conflict or worse a motherboard issue but...

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I was gonna suggest an IDE controller conflict or worse a motherboard issue but...

I thank you for your response, but I'm still having issues with it and getting bald with all the headscratching. *bows*

Since it's an old motherboard it is giving me a lot of problems, more than previous systems I have built out of ancient components.
I can't keep reformating the drive every third day since I'm planning to use it for designing, and each computer I built never gave me as much difficulty as this one now...

Currently it works for about four sessions and then it either gives me a blank screen or Drive Read Error, it reads the CD-Rom with the blank screen scenerio where as I need to reformat the drive (which had XP Installed on it and had it removed somehow?) in another system with the "Drive Read Error". Purchasing a SATA PCI interface seemed like a good idea at the stage and perhaps a better power supply...

But, if it is a motherboard issue as you suggested then I'd rather not waste my time and invest that much in it at the time, everything works well aside from the fact that I need to overclock the processor to get close to its stock speed of 2.6Ghz (Currently at 2.05Ghz best).

I thank you, you've given me the best possible causes to date.

Edited by David Tru`stone: n/a

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I thank you for your response, but I'm still having issues with it and getting bald with all the headscratching. *bows*

Since it's an old motherboard it is giving me a lot of problems, more than previous systems I have built out of ancient components.
I can't keep reformating the drive every third day since I'm planning to use it for designing, and each computer I built never gave me as much difficulty as this one now...

Currently it works for about four sessions and then it either gives me a blank screen or Drive Read Error, it reads the CD-Rom with the blank screen scenerio where as I need to reformat the drive (which had XP Installed on it and had it removed somehow?) in another system with the "Drive Read Error". Purchasing a SATA PCI interface seemed like a good idea at the stage and perhaps a better power supply...

But, if it is a motherboard issue as you suggested then I'd rather not waste my time and invest that much in it at the time, everything works well aside from the fact that I need to overclock the processor to get close to its stock speed of 2.6Ghz (Currently at 2.05Ghz best).

I thank you, you've given me the best possible causes to date.

No problemo, I'm happy to help :P

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