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Dell Inspiron 6000 no HDD boot

By amhines ·
Model PP12L, only 1Gb memory. XP Pro.
Boots from CD, passes internal Dell diagnostic suite.
Same HDDs boot other machines (tried a service pack 1 & 3).
Believe BIOS settings are correct (CD first HDD 2nd). Tried reversing that order. HDD LED flashes a couple of times immediately after BIOS or splash screen (whether booting from CD or HDD), then nothing. Just empty cursor.
Ideas?? - Clueless.

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Repost as 'Q&A'

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Dell Inspiron 6000 no HDD ...

Try reposting this in the 'Q&A' forum. The 'Discussion' forum is for matters of general discussion, not specific problems in search of a solution. The 'Water Cooler' is for non-technical discussions. You can submit a question to 'Q&A' here:


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What type of HDD is this here? If it is a PATA Drive you need to enter the BIOS and make sure that it is correctly identified and save the settings as you exit the BIOS.


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Wrong Board

by amhines In reply to Dell Inspiron 6000 no HDD ...

Thanks. Newbie appreciates it.

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Your Welcome

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Wrong Board

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