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Faulty Motherboard?


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#1 tambyte

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 11:58 PM

My mom has a Dell Inspiron 2200 laptop bought in 05'. She recently bought a new compatible battery for it and noticed it kept telling her that the battery needed recalibration, which she did, but still everytime at boot up she'd get the message, but you could just press ESC and ignore, which is what i told her to do since i couldn't figure out the problem.

In any case, i don't know if it's related or not, now she's been getting intermittent "No bootable device found" errors and can't even boot. And sometimes she also gets a message that "Device in Modular Bay cannot be identified". If you keep trying to boot eventually the laptop will boot and go into Windows and will run all day without a problem, except that sometimes the cd drive doesn't work.

Even when the laptop gives the above errors you can get into the BIOS with no problem, but it doesn't show either of the drives.

I've done a couple hours of Googling and have found that many people have had this problem with the 2200, but have found no insight as to why.

My personal thought is maybe bad solder joint where these drives are connected to the board. I've heard others say maybe an IRQ conflict, but would that be just intermittent? Anyway, i'm going crazy. Anyone have any insight or suggestions?

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 10:34 AM

Is this computer keeping proper date and time?

What is the boot order in the BIOS?

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 12:44 AM

As dc3 is leading to it sounds like the cmos battery has died and its not keeping the current BIOS settings.
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