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Ide master parameter out of range

The computer has a black screen with the problem ide master parameter out of range and asks to regularly do data backups.

the computer is a Optiplex gx270 pentium 4

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Try reinstalling the m/b drivers--
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=&SystemID=PLX_PNT_CEL_GX270&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid=

Do the chipset, and the IDE & EIDE Controllers.

If that doesn't work, most likely board is ready to go out.

Thanks

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Sounds like your hard drive was recently replaced. if thats the case your IDE cables were put back wrong, especially if you have the IDE cable for two hard drives. or your Jumper Pin on the back of your hard drive is in the wrong place. If neither one of those are the case, then Re Boot your computer, when the start up screen appears press the appropriate F-Key for set up, at the bottom of the screen you will have options. Press the appropriate key that says load default settings save and exit. Restart the computer. Good Luck.

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