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Won't boot put new hd in got new disks from dell. Now get call tech support and refer to PNP1. This is crazy,other makes work great till this dell 4600. I thought it would be easy!!! now not sure of anything.downloaded new drivers but won't take, said it took xp but nothing works.

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  • xfreenv Jan 11, 2009

    Didn't try that yet. Got busy on another computer problem (diff cpu) will let you know soon


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    Jinan May 11, 2010

    Have you done the proper "jumper switch" setting to allow the computer to recognize the new hd? Either on cable detect or jumper setting? Does the boot screen show the new hd? It may not be straight forward for a non-tech user to put in a new hd and get it working. Have your done this kind of tasks earlier? Do you have the setup disk for OS?

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    PNP means  plug and play . A wild guess here. GO into the setup screen and make sure that that plug and play ability is on in the BIOS.



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Drive manufacturer provide two options to define the Master/Slave status by the positioning of jumpers between the drives data and power cables. The commonest is one pair of pins will define Master or Slave but a second wil be for cable select. Dell PCs only support Cable Select so make sure the only jumper is on the CS pair and the drive is on the Grey end plug (not middle which is black). If all you are doing is replacing an existing drive this should work.

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