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#1 cstrevel

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 07:48 AM

I went to start my computer today, and on the first boot screen I'm given 4 messages. Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure, Invalid Configuration Info, System Voltage Low, Previous Shutdown Due to Thermal Event. I have not screwed with any of the hardware or BIOS settings, except for installing additional RAM 4 months ago. I browsed the setup menu and none of my drives are located. Between the voltage message and "thermal event" I would guess my power supply took a dump, but before I go spending money or messing around any further I would like a more experienced opinion and perhaps some direction to remedy this problem.

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 09:29 AM

Check the date/time if its incorrect the voltage its referring to is the CMOS battery. After booting into the BIO's menu are you able to restore the settings IE: re-detect your drives save,exit and reboot? Or is the system unable to detect any drives at all?
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Posted 27 April 2011 - 12:07 PM

If the computer is getting hot enough to engage the thermal protection I'd say you need to a little cleaning.

What is the make and model of this computer?

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 08:56 PM

The computer is a Dell e521 desktop. I opened the case and it is CLEAN and the cabinet it sits in has a fair amount of space for ventilation, all leading to my confusion with this "thermal event". I will need to check the date and time and procure a battery, but the system will not currently boot after exiting CMOS/researt/etc...




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