Getting a Black Screen with a flashing indicator, after the DELL intro at startup.

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daisybee

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I resetted the BIOS and computer restarted, however, it now reads Performing IDE configuration. Under that it reads; Primary Master: IDE configuration.....
Secondary Master: CD-ROM Reader
Secondary Slave: CD-ROM Reader
After that, I can't do nothing. What do I do next?
 

Frank4d

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After resetting the BIOS you need to set the device boot order to CDROM 1st, Hard Drive 2nd (suggested). If you have a SATA hard drive you need to set the SATA controller mode to what it was before. This is usually with RAID disabled, and IDE mode or AHCI mode. If you don't remember the original settings, you may need to play around with it until you computer can boot.
What is the Dell service tag number for your computer?
 

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According to Dell documentation the Primary 1 and Secondary 1 controllers are set to "Off" by default, which would be after a reset. Try going to the BIOS Setup and choose 'Auto' for Primary 0, Secondary 0, Primary 1 and Secondary 1.
 

daisybee

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I changed all of the drives to auto, they all read unknown device except for Primary 0 which lists Hard Drive. Went back to the startup screen and it reads; Primary hard disk drive 1 not found, Secondary hard disk drive 0 not found, Secondary hard disk drive 1 not found. Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.
 

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On the Dell Dimensions with IDE Drives, the drives have to set to Cable Select on the drive itself. Having them set to any other configuration (Master, or Slave) gives me the same problem.
 
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