I just replaced my motherboard after the old one died. Plugged everything back in exactly the same way as before and the machine will actually boot and it goes to the dell logo screen, where I have the option to press F2 setup or F12 boot menu. After pressing F2 or F12 it goes to a blank screen with flashing cursor in the top left hand corner. Also diagnostic lights 1 & 2 stay lit on the front console. 1 & 2 are supposed to be bad cards. I took out all PCI cards except the video card and still have the same issue. Same after swapping memory too. Tried clearing the CMOS with same result.
If I unplug all the drives, it gives a drives not found error, but still won't allow me to progress into setup or boot options.
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Try going back in the BIOS ( setup menu ) and follow these keystroke commands. Holddown the <Alt> key and depress the <E> then the <F> keys insuccession. This will force the motherboard to load default settings and alsoforce the motherboard to redetect all IDE devices. Note: The selection for thefloppy drive will be set to ON. If you do not have one then you must disablefloppy in set up (BIOS) menu.
Turn the computer off, unplug the power cord and open the case. Check the connectors running into the back of the drive. Make sure they're seated properly, as well as the slot on the motherboard the drive hooks into. If the BIOS still isn't seeing the drive after this, then there is either a failure with that slot on the motherboard or a failure with the drive itself. You can always take the drive out and test it in another desktop to make sure it's not your motherboard.
If you have another keyboard try swapping it out and see if it reads the new one. Also a stuck key could possibly cause this error. System battery message probably means you need a new battery for the motherboard. If you replace the battery get the new one before removing the old one. If you leave it out too long you can clear the CMOS
1) Your PC is overheating. Clean out the dust around the processor fan and intake vents. Make sure that your fan is working. Make sure that the North and South Bridge chips are not overheating either (the two other large chips on the motherboard)
2) Your Motherboard has defective Capacitors. Once your Capacitors start bulging or leaking, the board will need to be replaced.
3) Your Power supply is failing. Not dead yet, but enough of a pause in power distribution to cause the entire system to go down. Power supply can be replaced as well.
first off double check your power connections to EVERYTHING. sometimes those connections will loosen. if those connections are fine then its a faulty power supply or there isnt enough power going to everything. double check with your motherboards manufactor and see if you have enough power for everything if you dont a bigger power supply is needed
The sata connector was probably disabled in the BIOS to prevent you from getting a missing drive error on startup before this was installed. Press F2 at the Dell Splash screen to enter BIOS setup, come down to Drives and change the setting for the sata connector to ON. When you reboot go back into the BIOS setup and it should report the Drive ID and capacity.
I have the exact same system you have and have the same problem. Dell quit supporting that system as far as updates to drivers and BIOS updates before SATA drives became readily available.
The short answer is there is no way to boot to a SATA drive on that system that I have been able to discover. The BIOS does not recognize it as a bootable device.
What you can do is boot to a regular IDE (PATA) drive, install the driver for the SATA drive and Windows will recognize it. Place your Page file on the new drive and all your applications and data on the new drive.
It is not ideal, but I have managed to move the majority of files to the new drive and it runs quite well. You have to be diligent about installing new software to the new drive instead of the IDE drive.
There is a program you can buy for about $15 that will help you move applications that insist on installing to the boot drive called App Mover. I tried the free trial and it works quite well.
You would probably do right to reinstall Windows. The bios handed off to Windows long before the splash screen comes up. It is probably a faulty driver or corrupt registry entry. If it was me I would reload Windows