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Dell Dimension 5150 Sata Boot Problems


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#1 zasteeg

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 01:48 AM

I have a Dell Dimension 5150 Desktop that is giving me fits.

I have tried three different SATA Hard Drives and nothing seems to fix my problem.

I am able to boot from CD/DVD to install Windows XP, and reboots are fine through SP1 and 2. When SP3 is installed, computer cannot reboot from Hard Drive. It will however boot if CD is still in the drive and runs fine after.

This has happened on all three drives, ranging from 80 to 160 to 320 GB's.

Anyone know of a route to go so I don't have to boot with a CD every time?

Again, boots fine with the CD, but will not boot without it.

Bios is running A07.

Thanks in advance!
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Posted 16 June 2010 - 08:11 AM

Where are you getting your SP3 install?

SP3 does nothing to impact the ability of a system to boot from the hard drive.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 08:42 AM

Windows SP3 is coming from the microsoft update page. I also tried installing Windows 7 and I had the same problem. All hard drives show up in Bios, and work fine when booting up from DVD. Once started I can remove DVD and it works fine.

When it is restarted without a DVD in place, when ready to post, black screen with "No Boot Device Available" and the F1 to retry or F2 for setup.

Thanks,
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Posted 16 June 2010 - 09:02 AM

Master of the obvious that I have become...you have checked your boot options recorded in the BIOS?

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 02:20 PM

I don't completely understand "checked your boot options recorded in the BIOS". I know that the order of boot options needs to be set on the SATA Hard Drive as the 1st boot device. Is there something esle I'm looking for with this?

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 03:06 PM

No, that's it :thumbsup:.

So your SATA drive is the first option?

Try setting the SATA drive as the choice for all three boot options and see if it will boot from the hard drive (I experienced this quirk on some earlier systems than I currently have).

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