Posted 24 September 2007 - 11:59 PM
I came back home from an extended holiday to discover my computer wouldn't boot. As soon as the initial Dell logo appears, the computer seems to hang, then a Dos screen says:
Primary hard disk drive 0 not found.\
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility
This is accompanied by a clearly audible intermittent ticking sound from the tower, from the floppy drive I think. F1 just makes the "Strike..." sentence repeat but F2 works.
I have a Dell Dimension 8200, P4, 512MB w/ WinXP Home, and all service packs. A family member used the computer while I was away but can't (or won't) say what happened.
Can anyone help me understand what is going on? Could this sort of problem be caused by a power surge?