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Hello Download drivers here at dell:

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/Product/dimension-8400

The drivers can be downloaded one by one.

You maybe need to unzip the file before you install.

Here is only drivers for win xp.

You can`t download a setup disk but you can call dell support
to order the software from them (if they still have it) by the service tag.

Good luck

Posted on Dec 11, 2012

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SOURCE: Dell 8100 Dimension will not find the Hard Drive or CD Rom

If the drives share the same IDE cable, try to replace the cable and make certain it is seated properly on the motherboard. Check for bent pins on either drive and on the motherboard IDE connector. Sometimes pins (especially near either end of the 2 rows of 20 pins) will bend under if they are not lined up with the IDE cable. Also check that nothing changed on the Jumper positions on the drives. They should be set to Master if both drives are single and Master (hard drive) and Slave (CDROM) if they share the same cable.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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SOURCE: Installed new WD HDD in dell 8400 unable to boot from CD

Make sure that the operating system cd has no smudges, dirt, dust, etc on it.

What I would do since you have two optical drives in the system. Disconnect one of the drives at first and only hook up one of the optical drives and make sure the jumper on the back is set to master.

Go into the BIOS and reset the bios defaults and have it redect the hardware in the system after this you'll get the same message so reboot into the BIOS and set the optical drive as the first boot device. Hopefully it will read the cd and you press and key to boot up off of the cd.

If this doesn't work then repeat all the steps i mentioned for the 2nd optical drive. Hopefully it will read the cd properly with this drive. Im checking to see if one or both drives have bad lasers in them.

If the 2nd drive doesn't read it then at this point disconnect the hard drive completely from the system and then turn it on and see if the optical drive can read the cd, if it does at this point then that means your new hard drive is defective cause its shorting out the secondary controller on your motherboard.

Let me know how things go and I'll help you further if you need some more help.

Posted on Jul 06, 2009

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SOURCE: dell dimension 8400 fan problems

Power supply needs to be checked.

Posted on Jul 06, 2009

Vaio Tech
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SOURCE: dell dimension 8400 will not start.

no man try to take out the modem ( last pci slot on the botom of the board) and see if you have any luck if not you going to need a new motherboard thanks and good luck

Posted on Oct 12, 2009

erone47
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SOURCE: CD-ROM drive doesn't acknowledge DVD-ROM, what's wrong?

CD-ROMs dont play dvd becuase they are not designed to read dvd.

If a dvd drive for your model is not available, you can buy an external usb dvd drive.
That should solve your problem

Posted on Dec 29, 2009

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