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I haven't been able to get it to turn on in weeks it told me something about a hard primary hard drive was missing I don't know what that is but it takes me to the screen which I can't get off of someone please help
May have lost the hard drive. I would try to format the drive which will erase everything and allow you to re install the operating system.
Posted on May 11, 2013
Harddrive: A mechanical, and now some of them are solid state; device that stores memory permanently.
(Ram Memory loses it\'s stored memory, every time the computer is turned off. It is Volatile Memory. Not so with a Hard Disk Drive.
On the Harddrive is the Operating System. Yours has a version of the Windows operating system on it. Your laptop has ONE harddrive. It is the Primary Hard Disk Drive. (Or can be stated as the Primary Harddrive, or Primary HDD. HarDDrive)
If you had two it would have a Secondary Harddrive, also.
What you are looking at is the BIOS Setup Utility screen.
You press the Power On button. This in turn presses against the Power On switch.
The AC adapter (Charger) is already providing power to the laptop.
[19.5 Volts DC to be exact,
No, not stating to buy it. Using it for reference ]
The AC adapter plugs into the DC Power Jack on the laptop.
The DC Power jack is connected to the DC - DC circuit on the laptop\'s motherboard.
Pressing the Power On switch momentarily (It\'s a Momentary Contact Switch), turns the Soft Power on circuit, on.
Power goes to the motherboard. The first chipset to receive power is the BIOS chipset.
The Basic Input/Output System program is initialized. (Started)
BIOS looks to see what devices are connected, does a Ram Memory count, turns the Processor (CPU) on; and hands the computer over to the Operating System.
(Again, a version of Windows. Original O/S?
Windows XP Home, or Pro)
You have a Harddrive problem.
The BIOS Setup screen is up.
Error message stated Primary Harddrive is missing.
This is a general look at the Harddrive,
What it means is the computer doesn\'t recognize the Harddrive.
A) Harddrive may be loose in it\'s connection.
Looking back at the image of the Harddrive, note the contact pins in the front view.
These contact pins slide into a rectangular shaped interface, in the laptop. (Actually, on the motherboard)
The Harddrive is encased in a sheet metal cover, type of affair; known as the Harddrive Caddy. The caddy is screwed onto the Harddrive.
The screw/s may have come loose. This would allow a bad connection, of Harddrive TO motherboard.
Hence the computer (BIOS) would not \'see\' the Harddrive.
B) Harddrive may be bad.
May have gone to the great harddrive cemetery in the sky.
(NO.......you gonna\' believe that last sentence? lol!)
1) Remove ALL power.
Remove the AC adapter (Charger), and Battery.
2) Suggest lay a soft static free cloth on a table, and lay the laptop upside down on it. Bottom side up, and Battery Compartment facing away from you.
Do not work on a bed, couch, or directly on a carpet floor!
These are HIGH areas of Static electricity.
Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit), the delicate hardware components inside a computer.
Laptop OR Desktop ]
Laptop bottom side up, Battery Compartment facing away from you; the Harddrive is to you, and to the Left corner.
The plastic Harddrive Caddy\'s cover is what you see.
Part of the cover wraps up towards the Bottom of the laptop.
There is one single Philips head screw to remove, then the Harddrive Caddy can be slid out, along with the Harddrive.
Slide the Harddrive Caddy out, then slide slide it back in.
Now replace the screw.
Reinstall the Battery.
Reconnect the AC adapter (Charger), THEN plug AC adapter into power.
WAIT 20 seconds, then turn the laptop on.
Suggest Harddrive is bad. Replace.
You will also need the Restore (Restoration/ Setup/ whatever) disk.
New Harddrive is installed, laptop is turned on, and disk put in Optical Drive. (CD/DVD drive)
When asked choose Full Install.
For additional questions please post in a Comment.
(Or click on Reply at end of solution)
Dell Support > Latitude D600 Notebook PC > Main Support page,
Click on -> Manuals & Documentation - tab.
Click on the blue -> Dell Latitude D600 Service Manual
Ignore if you are aware;
This is a PDF file. The computer you are using now has Adobe Reader on it, which uses PDF files.
After you click on the blue file name, it may take up to 30 seconds; before the first page comes up.
A PDF file will not show until fully downloaded.
There is a way to save a copy if you are interested.
This way you will have it whenever you want, in safekeeping; and will not have to download again.
Also after checking your copy (Suggest CD-R disk), then remove from the computer you downloaded it to, and save Harddrive space.
Clicking on the Zoom In icon ( + ) at the Top, increases the view size.
Clicking on the Zoom Out icon ( - ) decreases the view size.
Increase the view size, click on the blue - Harddrive - in the list.
Laptop may also need to be cleaned on the inside.
I can guide you with this also.
No matter what though, buy, and wear an ESD wrist strap; if you go to clean the laptop.
(Electro Static Discharge)
Connect it\'s alligator clip to a good ground source.
Average cost is $3 to $6.
Here is an example,
Also suggest replacing the Thermal Paste on the Processor (CPU), and Thermal Pad on the graphics chipset.
Posted on May 11, 2013
First - re-seat the hard
disk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot and
go into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If it
doesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty.
Then the hard drive needs to be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer or laptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioning computer/laptop again.
Posted on May 11, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The test Dell advises to narrow down this issue is to remove the battery, hard drive, ram, and optical drive. Next plug in the a/c power cord and you should get some LED's coming on. If not it points to the motherboard.
Posted on Aug 16, 2008
SOURCE: dell latitude d600-vga
The flickering may not be caused by a corrupt driver, it could be the impending failure of the fluorescent back light of the display or its high voltage supply.
Trying driver replacement though is the first thing to try.
If the original driver is corrupt, you can try the following;
- Right-click on My Computer
- Left-click on Properties
- Click on Hardware tab
- Click on Device Manager
- Locate and open Display Adaptors
- Locate the video listing for your
- Highlight and delete this
- Reboot the computer
If Windows does what it should (no guarantee on this!), it will 'find' a 'new device' and install the driver for it.
Posted on Aug 23, 2008
SOURCE: Dell Latitude D510 Screen Failed
The 14.1" inch screen is compatible with Latitude models D500, D505, D510, D600, D610 and Inspiron models 500m, 510m, 600m.
You may also need a screen inverter - in fact that is often the reason a screen is considered to be failing. The lcd inverter can be one of the most common items to become defective in a laptop computer. You may need a lcd inverter replacement if your screen is dim, dark, colored oddly, blinking, flickering or has dark stripes. Just something to keep in mind.
Hope this helps,
Posted on Mar 23, 2009
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