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joeylovespizza



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:19 pm    Post subject: Red Light Reply with quote

My computer is working fine at the moment, but for some reason the red light is on at the front of the tower, not the green one.
I have 2 hard drives installed at the moment and have opened up my pc, removed and then put back everything.
Might it be that I have plugged something in wrong?
Also, When I switch my computer on, the screen asks me which windows XP to load from. They are both exactly the same but for some reason I have it installed twice.
How can I remove one of them safely without losing everything?

Thanks for your time.

Joey.
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SoftStag



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do both the hard drives work? Also, are they SATA or IDE drives?
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joeylovespizza



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:25 pm    Post subject: Red light Reply with quote

Yep. both the hard drives are working fine,

How do I find out whether they are SATA or IDE?

My knowledge of hardware is not too good!

Managed to get rid of one of the Windows XP successfully though so thats one good thing.

Joey.
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joeylovespizza



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have gone through my system information and under components and then storage, and it has information written under the IDE section, so maybe they are IDE's.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If in Device Manager, you view devices by connection, then find the drive and see what it's parent device is - it will either be a SATA or IDE/ATA controller. Alternatively, if you look at the drive itself, the drive should have a power connector and a data connector. If the data connector is a ribbon cable a couple of inches wide then it is IDE, if it is a much smaller connection then it is SATA.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea,

They are definitely IDE's.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fact that they both work normally and that the light is always on suggests that the connector for the red light is incorrectly connected to the motherboard. Do you know the make and model of your motherboard?
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joeylovespizza



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well it's an intel celeron CPU 2.66GHz processor, ACPI Multiprocessor PC.
Not sure if that has anything to do with what motherboard it is but that's the info I found.

I haven't opened it since posting this but I know where the wires for the lights are and I might just fiddle around with them as I don't think that it's affecting my computer in anyway!

Il let you know how I get on with the wire fiddling.

Cheers for your help.

Joey.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's quite a dangerous approach! You may end up with the power button not working, or the PC continuously rebooting itself!

To see if we can find out what motherboard is in your system, please try the following:
Arrow Click on Start then Run
Arrow Type in msinfo32.exe and press Enter
Arrow Click on System Summary on the left hand side.
Arrow Go to Edit then Select All
Arrow Go to Edit then Copy
Arrow Paste the details that have just been copied to the clipboard in your next post (right click and select paste in the bit where you type your response).
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm... unfortunately this doesn't tell me the motherboard version (usually it does). Are you able to look on the motherboard itself and see if has any model numbers on it?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will tomorrow, am a bit too drunk to do it right now!
but will post the details when sober and able to safely open my PC!

Night!.x.
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