Okay, I was already leaning towards it being the hard drive but I'm definitely feeling more certain of that. When I pressed F12 earlier and tried booting to the HD, it just repeated the problem. The last few times I tried F12, boot menu, the HD option was not even there. There was an option for "diagnostics" which was nice. Ran it. Everything passed except for the HD of course. First time I tried it when it got to the HD in tests it said "not applicable". This last time it said no HD was detected.
At one point after all this started I took the HD out just to look, popped it back in... I think I might pop it back out again...
IF it is the HD and we have to get a new one or something... am I then stuck having to purchase windows 7 since I have NOTHING to put on it here? Drives me NUTS that computers don't come with any installation or recovery these days... just makes no sense. sigh...
Edit: popped it out, everything looks okay, popped it back in... when to boot menu... HD was listed there this time so, I ran diagnostics again... and again it told me that NO HD ws detected... grrr...
Edit: Well I submitted a request for cd's from Dell and they got back to me... Here's part of it.
The dispatch details are given below:
1. CDs included in the dispatch:
Windows 7 Home Premium CD
Daniel, we have sent you the operating system and driver?s disc.
So, it looks like I'll get what I need as far as software goes. 3-5 days anyway.
But for the hard drive... well, the warranty has expired for this computer... So, I believe it needs a new hard drive but I'm open to second opinions here. So far it looks like the computer wont even recognize it and, as I mentioned before, earlier it was clicking in a way that wasn't normal for it.
Is there anything I should do to test it? (the repair cd from my system just brought up an error)
Lastly... if the hard drive is junk... do you think there's any way to get any of the data off it? My wife is bummed.
Anyway... thanks for the help so far.
Edited by millipede, 08 May 2012 - 03:31 PM.