I got a used Dell XPS 600 from my brother. But on start-up it gave the "no boot device available" message. It turns out he removed both hard drives for another computer, and put in a laptop hard drive and told me everything was fine with the computer. I replaced the laptop hard drive with a 500G SATA drive, one that he had taken out before.
Now, I have tried booting a few different OS's from a USB drive, a CD, even tried to clone a drive from a functioning computer. With those failures, I removed the battery from the motherboard in an attempt to clear the CMOS.
OS's tried: Unbuntu, Linux MINT 14.1 kde, Windows XP, Windos 98.
The computer recognizes the hard drives and dvd drives, and says they are controlled by the BIOS. CD/DVD drive is set to first in the boot sequence.
System : Dell DXG051
BIOS Version: A09
I would greatly appreciate any help on the matter. Please let me know if more info is needed.