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  1. Tallygal1

    Tallygal1 Thread Starter

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    Volunteered to help a friend update his PC. Researched the model (Dell Dimension 2350 - Celeron) and downloaded the updated drivers. Plugged up the CPU and it wouldn't boot past the XP splash that I could see (video would cut out). Noticed the BIOS was not the latest, so I flashed the BIOS with the latest version from the Dell site. Now the BIOS does not recognize the HD. Tried another HD (known good one) and get the same result.

    CPU will boot into the BIOS and boot to floppy or CD, but not to the HD. Did the BIOS flash fry the unit? :confused:

    Any thoughts?
     
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    If the system starts (and it does) then it isn't "fried". Check to be sure BIOS is set to actually detect a HD. Try booting into a DOS boot floppy and see if the HD is available as the C drive.

    Get an appropriate Windows boot floppy (you didn't specify version of Windows) and see if Windows can be started that way.

    Load a Knoppix CD and see if Linux sees the drive; it will not depend on BIOS detection.

    The flash might have gone wrong, and the problem could certainly be due to it, but you probably can try another flash, and you might want to double-check to be sure you had the right BIOS update for the system.
     
  3. Tallygal1

    Tallygal1 Thread Starter

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    Thx, Jim.

    HD Configuration in the BIOS is set to AUTO but won't detect any drives when you choose 'detect'. Will boot to floppy or bootable CD, but I didn't try to cd to the C. Will give that a shot. Also thought that the one thing I didn't try was a new IDE cable.

    Will also try re-flashing the BIOS. The version was the latest offered on Dell's support site for the service tag #.
     
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    Don't forget to try a Knoppix disk. That will tell you pretty quickly if the IDE channel is OK.
     
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