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The jumper is blue and will be connected to two of the three pins on the motherboard. -Remove the jumper block for a second (apparently this clears the memory?) then reconnect Anytime I see errors related to a hard drive, I assume the worst and immediately save important files in case the drive fails completely.2.) Start with the simple things first: Have just picked up the 8100 from a friend.. Yeah you could use dos to boot the computer, load usb drivers, and then you have access to another OS but why are you waisting all that time. http://mffonline.com/dell-dimension/dell-dimension-8100-does-not-boot.php

Let me explain. Welcome to Techspot! Pressed F2 and after a long wait the same error above is sounded.Thought BIOS might have been corrupted somehow.It's using an A06 version BIOS on an MX-05E692-12405-16R-0802 motherboard.Would appreciate any assistance Sadly, I don't remember the link, and Google is not cooperating right now. http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/dell-dimension-8100-does-not-boot.16318/

Out of curiousity, is there a virus out there that can impact the use of the keyboard and mouse? If anyone out there is coming here and thinking of making a LINUX Box out of there Inspiron and wants to boot with a USB, don't waste your time! this worked for me as well, but note: I did not have an operating system installed on my computer when I put the ubunt disk in. Check the CMOS Battery maybe its weak, or try to change it a new ...

Do you get the same error even if you restart the machine from windows?If yes to (1) and no to (2) , then changing the harddrive predelay could help. Althought this was Dell's solution (and Dell's glitch) not mine, I appreciate both of you taking the time to give such a positive response to the post. I did double check all cables and wires and everything seems to be connected. I contacted Dell and was able to resolve the problem with this easy fix...as follows. -Unplug the computer and disconnect all devices. -Press and hold power button for 10 seconds to

In that case - if the computer boots to HDD first, it will not be able to find the "good" OS located on the CD-ROM drive. Good Luck! Patricia 03-11-2008, 11:41 PM #5 Barbarella Registered Member Join Date: Mar 2008 Posts: 1 OS: Win XP SP2 Quote: Originally Posted by Gravitychase I just had the same http://newwikipost.org/topic/ew9Ifr484JNos1m0Dymbf3MQj6bwLzoR/Dell-XPS-Dimension-Gen-4-will-not-boot.html of San Jacinto, CA, USA***********************************************************************Answer:Your CMOS battery has died, CMOS is a chip in your computer that stores the machine configuration, the date, the time & boots the machine, most computers

If you don't see your USB drive restart the process and make sure that your USB device has all windows files in it. All I got is a piece of cardboard in the shape of a CD saying I could get reinstallation files online, which might be rather useless if I only had one by Marc Bennett CNET staff/forum admin / March 9, 2006 2:34 AM PST Question:Every time I boot up my Dell Dimension desktop, I immediately get an error message that says "Primary You don?t want to end up worse off than before!

A Vostro. http://www.electronic-servicing.com/dell_dimension_8100_pc_desktop/q65885-pc_boot It seemed to me that they were really overusing exclamation points in all of this, and found it amusing...but that was the only thing. The Dell tech guy said the memory was corrupted or looped and this procedure cleared it out. If you were to buy one, be sure to make sure your new one meets or exceeds the rating of the old one.

Oh God! http://mffonline.com/dell-dimension/dell-dimension-4300-vs-dell-dimension-8100.php So first check your watts on your power supply. messages I've been getting, followed by the System Halted! This will tell you if ATA HD is detected as Primary IDE Master.

Here is a Dell page describing the translation of beeps and or lights plus some text errors: System Codes and Messages: Dell™ Dimension™ 8100 System Reference Just for starters see if I seem to remember you need to enclose a CD image in something special. (Once again, haven't poked this stuff recently.) You should be using the external CD for the above You can use the "good" OS to re-install your OS or possibly also to diagnose problems with the OS on the hard drive. navigate to this website I suggest you check your owners manual for CD drive removal, when you get the old one out check the jumper setting on the back side of the drive (it will

Along with SpywareInfo, it was one of the first places to offer online malware removal training in its Classroom. System Fan Not Detected! I then removed the floppy from the system, both data and power--still getting the same litany of alerts, and then the System Halted!

You may also have software problems with your installed OS (Windows, for example) which needs to be either repair or reinstalled.

You could also use the Drivers & Downloads Tool (found under Popular Support Tools) to find out whether or not one is available.Updating your computer BIOS is easy, but there is Good luck and kind regards. the zephyrus If I remember, you can boot off a USB even if you BIOS doesn't support it directly. The bios doesn't contain drivers for USB.

Login _ Social Sharing Find TechSpot on... Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed. All Rights Reserved. my review here When the CPU boots up go to Dell.com to see if there are any updates for it.

Any thoughts/advice would be welcome at this point. USB is going to be horribly slow. If your Primary Drive 0 field is set to something other than your hard drive, your computer will display the "Primary drive not found" error message. now im missing a file and cannot re-boot.

If that has no good result I would go ahead and unplug your floppy drive from the motherboard and see how that goes. I looked at other troubleshooting sites and checked the diagnostic lights in the back of the machine, they showed all green. If you tell the BIOS program you wand to boot to floppy and CD-ROM before the hard drive, it means your computer will first check the floppy drive (if one exists) Windows 2000 is just too slow for this computer, (800 Mhz, 512 MB Ram, 10 GB Hard Drive...so I lowered it to Windows ME, and it is a pretty good experience

Be sure the battery goes back in right side up. This is a discussion on Keyboard Failure on boot. Oct 25, 2004 #5 Nate112233 TS Rookie I am having the exact same problem with an 8100. If an operating system is found, it executes that OS.

There are Admin tools in Windows to configure your devices installed on the CPU, but remember it's all software that helps run the devices. well it's still doing tha same thing and i'm getting very frustrated...any suggestions? They don't cost much and it's an easy way to eliminate one potential cause of the error. It didn't get through the BIOS startup, giving me the following messages: Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure Alert!

In my network connected computers, I almost always go for the default (CHEAP) drive because everyone is SUPPOSED TO put critical stuff on the server. Windows mainly controls the software that is installed.