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  1. Skidoc

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    I have a Dell 8400 Intel Pentium running windows XP. I recently had a system battery voltage is low message. I replaced the battery and then got a floppy diskette seek failure message. I made the suggested changes on the BIOS menu. I now only get a black screen with a blinking cursor after the Dell boot up.

    Please help. At my wits end. Need my PC for work.
     
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    What were these changes?

    The BIOS boot order should be set to the harddrive first.
     
  3. Skidoc

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    Here is my current boot sequence:
    1. Onboard SATA Hard Drive
    2. Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive
    3. Onboard or USB Floppy Drive (not present)
    4. Onboard IDE Hard Drive (not present)
     
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    Have you tried booting into Safe Mode?
     
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    No. It will not let me. Only way to get to the BIOS screen is press the F2 button.
     
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    How to Access Safe Mode

    While the computer is turning on, tap F8 repeatedly until a black screen with white text appears. Using your arrow keys highlight the option Safe Mode and hit Enter.

    This doesn't work for you?

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    Assuming not, does the PC have a recovery drive? Or do you have a Recovery Disk or Windows XP Disk?
     
  7. Skidoc

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    F8 didnt work. Not sure if it has a recovery drive. I have the Reinstallation CD for windows XP.
     
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    It will not read the CD.
     
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    Go back into the BIOS and set the boot order so the CD/DVD Drive boots first.
     
  11. Skidoc

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    I did that already and still did not work.
     
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    There should be some prompt on the screen telling you to press a function key to boot to the CD. Do you see anything like that?

    And are you getting any error messages, BSODs, anything? Or is it still just a black screen?
     
  13. Skidoc

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    At the Dell boot screen I can push F2 for setup or F12 for boot device menu.
     
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    Ok. I reset the factory settings in the BIOS menu. Reboots and this is what I get:
    Floppy diskette seek failure

    Performing automatic IDE configuration...
    Drive 0: Disk Drive
    Drive 4: CD-ROM Device
    Drive 5: CD-ROM Device
    Strike F1 to continue, F2 to run the setup utility
     
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    After resetting the BIOS settings, did you set the boot order so the CD/DVD drive boots first?
     
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