While I'm at it...

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  1. Mr. Mikey

    Mr. Mikey New Member

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    My old Dell has a major problem. It's owner is a dumbass!

    It's a 1999 model (XPSt 700r). It has been working fine and I have changed out a lot of the original stuff. But last week I decided to replace the old 10g hard drive with a 160g (old HD was full).

    I unplugged the unit, removed the old drive, mounted the new one and plugged it all back together. I attempted to boot up with the XP install disk. It acted normal until it asked me to press F8 to begin loading Windows. At that point it said there was no disk detected.

    I rebooted and got the same results. I set the HD jumpers to master, slave and cable select rebooting each time. Still, nothing.

    Now, when I try to boot, it just says error loading OS or no OS detected.

    Does anybody know an easy way to fix this?

    I'm starting to think about gasoline and matches.:hsugh:
     
  2. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I've had trouble at work with the IDE controllers on older Dells just failing for no good reason. Gasoline and matches might indeed be the most cost- and time-effective solution.
     
  3. Stilgar1973

    Stilgar1973 New Member

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    When you go into the BIOS does the Dell see the 160 gig drive?
    Does it see the entire thing? Or only 40 gigs of it?

    Have you looked for an updated bios?
     
  4. Schproda

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    If it says no OS is detected then it sees the drive but no boot sector. It could be a bad drive even.
     
  5. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I suppose it's worth trying a reinstall, before torching the box...
     
  6. Schproda

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    Ditto, it'll install if the drive is good.
     
  7. cmsurfer

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    Make sure you have the BIOS set to boot off of the CD.
     
  8. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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