I have a Dimension C521 Dell desktop PC. It is a glorious computer; have had it for 5+ years now, and have had very few problems with it, and when, nothing a virus scan or system reformat wont fix. Its all been great, until we got this. My sister went on a website (Roblox, I think), and my brother occasionally plays Runescape on it. The anti-virus software has always been iffy with Runescape, showing multiple viruses, but we could always fix it. Not until Roblox went up. Shortly after, the PC froze, so I had to do a hard reset. While rebooting, we got an annoying ticking noise from the computer, down where I think the HDD is. I'm unsure if this is the "click of death", but comparing to Wikipedia's media of it, it sounds different. The noise is somewhat a click, sometimes going 2-6 times in a row, stopping, then repeating. Father (who has been helped before on this site; thank you!) thinks its the PC trying to boot from the CD drive yet failing. Well, being the ignorant person I am, I ignore it and continue...
Everything is similar, except...
Boot from CD:
NO BOOT DEVICE DETECTED, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS F1 TO CONTINUE
OR PRESS F2 TO SETUP MENU
What we think is that something deleted our boot drive.
So we find the system disk, and insert it. It downloads the files, and then goes to:
Welcome to Setup
This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft®
Windows® XP to run on your computer.
To setup Windows now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using recovery console, press R.
To quit setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
All seems dandy except for the fact that the keyboard (original, USB keyboard of the computer) doesn't seem to respond at this point. I have USB Legacy on from Setup, and I have it to boot from the CD, not the drive.
Anyone have any answers? We'd love to have this computer back up.
~The Yoshi King~