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A padlock is flashing

I installed a new compatible hard drive in Dell Precision M2300 and the computer won't stay on. The A padlock is flashing. Cannot open CD Drive to download OS. What do you think the problem is? Battery is low so I connected to wall outlet.

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There should be a hole next to the button on the CD drive that you can use a paper clip to open the drawer.Also go into setup and make sure CD drive is first boot device.

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The hard drive should work fine thats a standard IDE drive.

For the overheating problem you probably just need to clean the fans with a can of compressed air. That series gets clogged pretty easily. Just blow from the bottom of the laptop where you see the fan towards the outlet in the rear.

You can boot from a USB floppy drive to do a bios upgrade - you can get USB floppies for $20 or so.

Or i have loaded a bios from a bootable CD (you can make one from Roxio or Sonic record now if you make a bootable floppy first - get one Here:

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Try pressing F12 at startup, you should get a boot option.

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your mainboard is broke down. it doesnt see HDD.

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Replacement hard drives are pretty cheap ($50 to 100) at places like newegg.com I could give more detailed information if you posted the model of the system in question, as you need to ID if the system has an EIDE or SATA drive

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SOURCE: Dell inspiron 1721 hard drive not recognized for Vista reinstall

ok, theres a small issue with the raid controller. You have to install a 3rd party raid driver (its on the dell cd) to continue, OR, you can set that BIOS's hard drive controls to ATA or LEGACY (legacy would likely work best, but youd have no 'raid' functions, but who sets up raid drives on a notebook?). Your last option is use the dell discs to restore, and inssert the windws disc when prompted

Posted on Nov 05, 2009

Testimonial: "Thank you so much! It didn't have a option for Legacy, but only RAID and ATA. But it's working!! You are super awesome!! Thank you!!!"

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