Question about Dell Dimension 8250 PC Desktop
My Dell Dimension 8250 won't boot. The hard drive is making a clicking noise and the monitor was blank. I reviewed the manual and it directed me to view the 4 lights on the back of the CPU. I have 3 green then one yellow. The manual then directed me to open the box and check the drive connectors. All connections are good - nothing lose. Upon rebooting, I hit F12 and ran the IDE diagnostics. It recognized the hard drive but it failed the test with error code 5. Now when I try to reboot the system I get "error loading operating system." I'm going to try and boot with my operating system reinstall disk - wish me luck.
What is code 5 and is my hard drive dead? Any suggestions for moving forward?
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One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect your hard drive
Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA
the leads from your motherboard to your hard drive make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them there probably old and faulty also you might try
control panel administrive tools computer management device manager scoll to ports(com&lpt)right click to scan for hardware changes or scroll to monitors + to expand plug and play monitor right click where you have options to update driver,disable.uninstall,scan for hardware changes or select properties where in the general you have the option to troubleshoot also in the driver tab you have the same options as when you first right click on monitor
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