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Drive appears to have fouled computer

I have a Dell Dimension 2400 that has a WD400EB 40Gb hard drive. When I turned the computer on, the keyboard lights flashed but nothing else. No POST, no "Hit F1 to continue" - no video at all. The drive does not sound like it is running.
I tried a different sound card, unplugged everything except the drive, still nothing. I put the drive in another computer that was running fine - it did not boot. When I took the drive out, it still will not boot now.
Is there some obscure thing that a malfunctioning drive can do to a computer to render it useless?
Thanks in advance!


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"Is there some obscure thing that a malfunctioning drive can do to a computer to render it useless?" Yes it can, however if you take out the HD and put in 1 you KNOW that worked fine and pc is still "useless" then i have no clue. Probably one of those things i just came across (especially with certain types of certain HD's): 1 out of every so many get out of the box broken. Useless. If you broke any seal your warranty is probably gone too, however try to claim your warranty annyhow and in any way, should this be the case (test with a healthy drive). Wine a lot and they might understand you case and send you a new one annyways, free with maybe only shipping cost (say you want to cover those if they don't want to do it initially). If you had the HD longer (not a fresh installation) it's probably fataly damaged, you can try repairing but it probably won't do any good.

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