Posted 29 September 2007 - 04:13 AM
I'm quite a newbie with computer terms, especially hardware, so please bear with me.
I own a Dell Dimension 4600 since 2004, so it's quite an old desktop. It's been functioning pretty well, until early this year, after I returned from a trip, I switched on the computer only to find that it now flashes the "Diskette drive 0 seek failure" every time I boot up. Not only that, it boots up immediately after I flick on the power socket, which was unusual because I used to have to push in its button to activate (like all other desktops).
I came to an informal decision that it was probably the CMOS battery which was failing. The giveaway was that the clock kept resetting itself after the "Diskette drive 0 seek failure" was shown, followed by an "IDE configuration" message. No matter how many times I resetted the clock and set up my drives, it all came to naught by the next bootup.
But since I have never opened up my computer before, I'm really clueless regarding where the CMOS battery is. I finally found that I could supersede the problem by not flicking off the AC adapter after shutting down. Probably not a very good thing to do.
After some time, my monitor began to keep flicking. After a while, it would turn all black and I couldn't see anything even though my CPU was running (I assumed from the lights running and blinking). I booted up in safe mode, and the monitor was perfectly alright even after prolonged use. I figured there was nothing wrong with my monitor, and proceeded to install the latest drivers for NDIVIA GeForce FX 5200 from the Display Properties.
So, everything was alright after that and I thought it was going to be fine.
Now, my BIOS refuses to boot up sometimes. I have to flick off and on the AC Adapter. This time though, flicking it on did not cause the computer to boot up automatically. I have to manually push the button in, as it should have been. Only problem was, my monitor remained blank, and I knew my CPU wasn't booting up. BIOS did not appear, nor did the light start blinking as it would do when booting up.
BIOS would function again after several AC power flick-on and offs, pushing the button and waiting. But I'm afraid my computer is really at its maximum capacity. Much as I'm really not familiar with computers, I think I will have to do something manual, like replacing some parts perhaps? I've tried looking for BIOS update at the Dell website, even using its "Find my service tag" to look for drivers to download. It found the tag, but there was nothing available to download. My monitor model is not even listed in its dropdown list for driver downloads too. It's an E152FPb.
I'm at my wit's end. Sorry if this post is too lengthy and the solution could be quite simple!