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tusmooth81

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I have a DEll laptop, and when I turnit on it says there is no physical drive, I went into BIOS and changed the order the dirves loaded, and it worked, but then the next day I went to turn it on again, and it said no Physical drive, so I went in to BIOS and switched the way it loads up, but this time it didn't work, what do I do and what does this mean?
 

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Hi, Might be that your battery for the CMOS is going bad- usually, the first symtpom of this is the date or date and time not showing right. Might be good idea to take it in and have the battery replaced. The CMOS battery is a small round coin type, this does not refer to the battery pack you use in place of AC power. The CMOS battery or Resume cell saves information for you- apparently, something to do with CMOS/BIOS settings is not functioning right. Try charging the computer's battery pack fully. Dell may have some info for you- can you go to the support area for your model of laptop and look around?
Just from what I have read, battery packs sometimes need to be almost fully drained and then fully recharged....but, that may or may not be true for your Dell, so look there first, OK?
As you may already know- at the Dell support area, you can sign into your account if you have made one, or create one then, or just type in your Service Tag ID, found usually underneath the pc for laptops, to reach support info your your model.
 

tusmooth81

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So if I replace the CMOS battery, the drive should show up and be back to normal?
 
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If its the battery casuing the problem then replacing it will fix the problem. Is it the hard drive thats not showing up? It could be the hard drive thats going bad.

Dell has diagnostics that you can download on the Dell web site to test most of the system out.
 
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You could try reseating the hard drive. Is the drive spinning up? is the drive being detected in the computers bios? Can you post the model type or service tag?
 

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Listen to the drive and see if it's spinning. It sounds like a very slow startup issue, hard to say...
 
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