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August 29, 2013 9:14:25 PM

If a mod feels this is in the wrong section, feel free to move it.

I was moving parts around between two of my computers, dusting them out, etc. The computer booted fine before I pulled stuff apart, but I ended up putting it back together exactly the same way it was before. I know all the parts are fine, except I am suspicious that something related to the hard drive may be wonky. I am using a Dell Dimension 8250.

CPU: Intel P4 2.4GHz
MoBo: Dell Stock, part # unknown
RAM: 1GB RDRAM
GPU: VisionTek ATI Radeon HD 3650 AGP 1GB
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit

I have been testing various fixes that people have posted in the forums here and across the net, including replacing the CMOS battery, resetting the BIOS (w/caps lock, num lock, scroll lock, alt+tab+E,F,B), made sure all cables and wires are seated properly, jumpers in the correct spots etc. Can't think of anything else to try. This error is preventing me from even booting to my Windows 7 disc in my optical drive. It's really aggravating me since I've had this thing up and running for the last month. I know the computer is around 10 years old, but it's plenty fast for my sister's needs and it's fun to tinker with.

Any suggestions as to where to go from here? Thanks in advance!
August 29, 2013 9:26:27 PM

Make sure the hard drive is plugged in.
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August 29, 2013 10:34:14 PM

If the CMOS battery that you replaced has the plus side facing up and it locked in and working. In the bios make sure the IDE controller is turned on and the had drive is seen. Then set the hard drive as second boot device the cd rom as the first. If the hard drive does not show up check with your hand that it spinning. If it is power down make sure IDE cabe on port o. Drive is in cable select mode and paced on the end of the IDE cable. Try using a ext USB shell or cabe to see if another windows pc can see the drive.
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August 30, 2013 1:43:32 PM

smorizio said:
If the CMOS battery that you replaced has the plus side facing up and it locked in and working. In the bios make sure the IDE controller is turned on and the had drive is seen. Then set the hard drive as second boot device the cd rom as the first. If the hard drive does not show up check with your hand that it spinning. If it is power down make sure IDE cabe on port o. Drive is in cable select mode and paced on the end of the IDE cable. Try using a ext USB shell or cabe to see if another windows pc can see the drive.


Well, I just plugged the hard drive into my main rig, and it shows up as a completely empty drive! No Windows files, no nothing. Man that's weird... Like it uninstalled itself, or it got wiped while I was messing with parts, idk.

From the looks of this, I'll need to reinstall Windows, I'll try the other things you've posted to try to get this guy up and running!

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August 31, 2013 12:00:14 AM

GOT IT

I had the jumpers set to master and slave, setting them to cable select after doing some research on the subject did the trick. I got Windows reinstalled and the computer is good as new.

Now for a RAM upgrade... ehehe.

Thanks again!
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