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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.
 

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)
 

Skidoc

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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?
 

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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Go back into the BIOS and set the boot order so the CD/DVD Drive boots first.
 

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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?
 

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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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