I had a problem with my computer tonight that has me rather puzzled as to what is causing it.
My computer is (now) a dual boot system that has PClinux on a SATA drive and Windows 7 on a PATA/IDE drive I was using before. It is setup to see and boot the SATA drive 1st and boot into Windows if I want, but tonight the computer would only boot into Windows. I did not have this problem before, and I checked my SATA cables *twice* to make sure they were connected.
My girlfriend is on Win7 under her account browsing the internet (with Firefox) Hitting up places like "Lands End" and her Yahoo mail, when some McAfee adviser comes up and causes the computer to freeze. The problem here is that she has a normal account (non-administrative) so she has to input an administrative password to install anything (same with my account)., so I haven't the slightest idea *HOW* that program got on there. We both did Control+Alt+Del and it did not bring up task manager, I had to manually shut down the computer via holding the power button.
For the issue that bugs me the most and one in the subject. The HDD that has/had Win7 on it does not show up in BIOS, and the computer takes 4x longer to even go into BIOS than it normally does. On top of that, when that IDE drive is plugged in, the computer will not boot into anything else...no other HDD, not even a LiveCD. Even though my BIOS is set to check a optical drive first, then boot from the SATA drive.
Did this HDD fail? I can't understand why Windows messing up like that would cause the HDD to not be recognized by BIOS, and I certainly can't see why it would stop me from even using a LiveCD. At most I'd need to re-install, but the computer just sits at a black screen with a blinking white "_" when the HDD "loads".
Any help would be much appreciated.