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alright, i need a little help here. i bought my dad a new cd-rom(a sony dvd/cd combo) for christmas because his cd drive is pretty much crapping out on him. well this morning while i was asleep i guess it went, so my mother gave him the drive. my mom wakes me up and says that he needs my help. so i walk over and ask what's going on. "insert boot disk" error. yeah, no problem, i plug the hd ide cable back in, not sure how it got unplugged, and i boot the machine. nothing, no response, no beeping, nothing. anyone have any ideas as to what the problem could be? my father said he didn't touch anything, and nothing changed from the boot disk error to plugging that cable back in. i've heard of pulling the bios chip and putting it back in, but i've never done it. any other suggestions? i could really use some help here

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Did the problem start when you put the new drive in? If it did, maybe the new drive is shorting out and causing the problem. I had that exact issue occur because of a floppy drive that was shorting against the case once. Take the new drive out and try it.

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i never got the drive in...all of this happened before anything was in. the only things plugged in were hd and floppy. i put the old cd rom back in and still nothing. i have no idea what is going on with it...it's lifeless

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alright, i tried resetting that, and nothing. however, i did come up with a beep pattern. although i've never heard it before. 2 short and then 8 long. then it beeps 2 more short and one more long after a short delay. if anyone knows what that means that'd be greatly appreciated...

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it's ami bios, i just checked the chip. so that probably means it is a vid card error. i'm going to see if i have another agp card to slap in there. we'll see what happens. i'm sure i'll be back with questions shortly. but thanks for the help so far

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