I am having problems with my Dell Inspiron 6400 lately. It want boot into Windows OS and it is not booting any recovery CD to the end. The PSA diagnostic program shows 2000:0221 (Interval Timer Channel 0 (mode 0) is not generating interrupts). In addition the extended check display the code 4C00:041C (channel mode 2 is not operating correctly). I have checked the hard drive and it seems okay. What does it mean? How can it be fixed? Has somebody made experience with this problem?
so did you get it fixed? what u do? i have same issue on my dell 730x i just have the error code 2000:0221
Have you tried rebooting and pressing f11 several times immediately up on reboot. This will give you the option to restore to Dell's System restore. If this does not work for you let me know. I have it had work for previous client's.
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That blinking cursor is the way in which the BIOS is telling you that Windows or any other OS is missing . Since you are getting it without even an hdd connected it means that the southbridge is defective. Which means that the motherboard is dead, replace it.
Unfortunately, this often means a disk problem which has corrupted a key windows file. Dell has a diagnostic partition which will allow you to test your disk.
Ensure that the computer is connected to an electrical outlet that is known to be working properly.
Turn on (or restart) your computer.
When the DELL™ logo appears, press immediately. Select Boot to Utility Partition from the boot menu and press .
NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows® desktop; then, shut down your computer and try again.
NOTE: If you see a message stating that no diagnostics utility partition has been found, run the Dell Diagnostics from the Drivers and Utilities media.
Press any key to start the Dell Diagnostics from the diagnostics utility partition on your hard drive.
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you can try this steps to resolve your issue: 1. clean your disc drive with white cloth and alcohol 2. try to re-install the OS 3. if this won't work try to download another boot disk like EBCD or ask a friend to create you a boot disc and try to boot your computer with it.
- This can rule out or confirm a Bad Windows OS disc, thus let's you install you Windows OS in the process.
Please reinstall windows os in your pc , but retaining all your files and setting while installing process goes on. You should select leave current files and setting in the installation process to retain your valuable files.
You might want to try going into setup and setting your boot drive options to DVD drive as your 1st, HD as 2nd and Floppy as 3rd. Put your windows disk in the DVD before boot and run the program from DVD.
Are you getting an error message saying "CD drive cannot be found"? If so, check the cable connected to your pc or swap that drive with a working cd drive.
Afterward, you have to enter the BIOS and change the BOOT order. Make the CD drive the first boot device and the HDD your second boot device. If the CD is a valid BOOTABLE Windows OS CD you will see the following option directly after the bios loads: "Press any key to boot from cd...."
Please remember that the OS CD only has the Windows Operating Software and will not provide you with the necessary drivers to run all the hardware on your PC. If it is not the original OS cd that came with your system don't even bother as you will have activate windows within 30 days and may not even allow you to enter the OS once installed until windows is activated.
The green or purple Dell CD's will boot on that system with no problem and it will not even ask you for the keys as it is a Dell OEM Windows OS CD. If you try an official Windows XP OS CD you must have the keys for it.
Insert your bootable OS software disc in the CD/DVD drive and boot from the ROM. Run checkdisk and then try to repair the OS from the original OS disc, it should give you a chance to start the PC after that continue as per instructions on the screen...................sodeep