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No boot disk error when hard drive disconnected

I'm having trouble booting to a Win XP OS installed on a hard drive. Every time I start the computer up, the BIOS screen flashes, and then it stops responding at a black screen with the white cursor blinking at the top. I know the hard disk has an OS installed, as I hooked it up to a working comp and checked it out.

The strange thing is, when I disconnected the hard disk from the computer I'm trying to get to boot, when I start it up without anything for it to read an OS from, it does the exact same thing as when the hard disk is connected. This seems like a hardware issue, but which hardware could it be?

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  • Xgamer4 Nov 02, 2008

    Set the hard disk jumper to master and I can finally get to the safe mode prompt, thanks!

  • Latanya Johnson Feb 16, 2009

    On December 10, 2008, i purchased one of my sisters, the DELL OPTIPLEX GX260 COMPLETE SYSTEM 2.4GHZ 512MB 60GB XP PS/2 from EBAY. What is happening now is that about after about a month, when we start to boot up up the GX260 system, it takes a while for the sytem to boot up. I will press buttons but nothing happens. There is this dark blue screen that stays on for about 10-15 minutes with cursor in the top left hand corner just blinking. Now after about 10-15 minutes the Window bar screen will come up. Sometimes it will show the operating system info or will just go to the sign in page. Dell is saying that the files has been corrupted and that memory needs to be restored by formatting the system and reinstalling the operating system by using a restore cd. I do not want to do and this is not the problem. Is there any other way to fix this without formatting this computer. My sister has just been excepting this problem and just sits and waits for the system to come up. She do not want to format this computer. Please assist me with any solutions. Thank you. 2/16/09 3:10AM CST. Tanyaj.

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Are you making the disk the "master" device when you plug it in to the PC?

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