you have a hard drive problem. BACK UP EVERYTHING ASAP! You can lose it tomorrow!
ide master/slave is referring to your hard drive. If you still want to use the laptop buy a new hard drive and replace it.
Your hard drive is most likely going to fail soon. Backup what you need.
If you plan on keeping the computer(it's old) get a new hard drive and try to clone it with the software the hard drive manufactures give you.
This is a desktop pc. I have already had the hard drive relpaced twice and it still makes this noise and gets the messages. However, I went to the Dell website and updated my drivers. Only reason I wanna see if I can do anything else is that I paid the repair place $200.00 to repair it and of course it continued to do this so I dont want to have to spend that again plus more for a new until I am really sure there isnt anything that Can be done. So far it has stayed up for 3 days now without a message but this has happend before. Just wondered if anyone had any other thoughts about this. May very well have to eventually buy another system. Thanks for all your input!!!