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Drive controller error on dell optiplex 330 dt. is this a problem on the motherboard or on the HDD itself. Would it help to shift connected from SATA1 to SATA2 or 3? Please help.
First, check you hard drive as follows:
*Download Seatools For DOS (free) from my link; in the site screen, click "DOWNLOADS" tab, then "Seatools For DOS". Burn it to a CD. Reboot with it in your drive. In the screen that appears, first check that SMART has (or has not) been tripped. If it has been tripped, your drive is failing. Then click the upper left corner of the screen for the short test and let it run. It will notify you either Pass or Fail. This is from Seagate Corp. but will test all other drives, not just Seagate.
If your drive passes as good, the chances are that your motherboard is failing/failed. Try swapping your cables as you stated, but I don't think that will help. If you have an extra hard drive you can swap it to test, but if it is empty you will need some kind of operating system installation disk to see if you can load an OS on it. If so, then the hard drive is bad.
For more detailed and in-depth help, I hang out at www.suggest-a-fix.com computer help forum (free). Post in.
Posted on Mar 27, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Do you have a lot of accessories plugged in? They may have overloaded the power supply and if this is the case you will need to buy new power supplies. If this is not the problem, check to make sure that the computers have plenty of ventilation in the back. If they don't, they may have overheated and melted quite a few different components.
Posted on Feb 27, 2009
If you are getting an amber light flashing, your power supply is faulty.
If it is a solid amber light, you motherboard is faulty or one of the componants are faulty.
I would suggest giving Dell a call. They would beable to pin point the problem and give you a quote. Some of their componants are non standard and can only be purchased from them.
You could try reseating all your componants on the last resort but it is unlikly to help.
Posted on Jun 26, 2009
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