Posted 28 July 2011 - 06:47 PM
I have an old Dell Pentium desktop that runs Windows XP (Pro?) that has kept chugging along (for the most part) until recently.
I did at one point, re-format and re-partition(?) the hard drive. We have never installed anything (hardware) to the pc after market.
We just came back from vacation, and the computer will no longer boot up - it may have been in sleep or hibernate mode when we left - I can not be sure that it was shutdown (and likely not, since the printer is attached to this computer but metworked for all others...)
When I try to re-boot the computer
the Dell logo comes up and then
I receive an error:
Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in slected Boot device
Earlier, I also tried to re-boot using an Ubuntu disk, without success.
I finally found the re-installation for this computer, and when I reboot from the Windows cd,
I get the option for set up or repair.
For either selection, I get an error: Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer. Setup cannot continue...
If I reboot again, using F2 and go into Setup (and this is where it ALL looks Greek to me...)
I have 6 tab options - Main, Advanced, Security, Power, Boot and Exit.
Everything looks 'normal' to me on the Main page - except Memory Bank 0 is 'Not Installed'.
On Advanced, I have all the different configurations...
under IDE configuration - IDE Cntroller is set to BOTH
PCI IDE Bus Master is Enabled
Primary IDE Master & Slave - (both) Not Detected - I suspect from Googling - herein lies my problem...
Secondary IDE Master LITE-ON LTR-24102M
Secondary IDE Slave Not Detected
So am I done-for here?
Any responses need to be in simple layman's English....