Inspiron 1100 will not boot up-suspect power problem
The hard drive went bad, I replaced it. It now seems to be having a power problem. I am trying to find out what is the problem before I get more parts. It doesn't boot up, the cap lock & num lock lights are on or flashing, the light display is not consistent. The lights do not come on when the battery is out, AC power only.It often just tuns itself off, but not always.
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Check your bios and see if you can see the hard drive. You may have dropped / knocked it and it may have came loose or damaged. If the hard drive shows up in the bios, it sounds like a mother board issue.
The Dell Inspiron 1100 is a laptop whereas the Dell Dimension 2400 is a desktop pc.
The hard drives are incompatible because they are a different size, plus the Inspiron only supports one hard drive so you can't install a slave device. The only way to increase hard disk space is to buy a large capacity internal IDE laptop drive or an external hard drive.
Was a new or a refurbished hard drive was purchased? If new Replace the power supply instead. The power supply can cause hard drive failures even on new hard drives. Never purchase a refurbished hard drive neither
first, check the power supply. If the light on it is of a bright stable green and there are no sound from it, the power supply should be healthy and we will turn toward the drive, else replacing it should fix your issue..
Sometimes, you can smell a "burn" smell near the connectors ar the back if things really went bad and the interface fried. If your drive operates on a smoking environment, you might not notice it as much.
Opening the casing and doing a visual exam of the interface to look for cracked chips and black burnt marks would allow us to confirm or not that the interface fried.
If it appears that it did fry, verify the hard drives electronic boards for the same signs. If they seem healthy, replacing the interface should get your drive running again.
If there are no sign that it fried, check the power switch to see if the soldering is loose or broken in some areas. Do the same verification with the power connector. If all is good on that side, replacing the power module or the whole interface card should bring power back to the drive.
Bad news is that usually indicates a failure of the hard drive inside the case or the driver electronics. If you don not hear or feel the drive spin up that can mean the drive is dead or may not be getting any power. It requires the external power to run. You can check that with a volt meter. It is possible that the connection or the internal board has failed as well which would also mean the drive itself could be fine.
Some good news is that you can replace the drive with any 500 or even 1tb sized sata type hard drive fairly cheaply. It only takes a few minutes to open the case and replace the drive.
If the case is bad then you can buy a cheap $20 and up usb drive case and out the drive in there and be up and running again. Usually if you shop around you can do this cheaper than buying a new complete unit.
You can also connect the drive to your pc as a second sata drive.
You have a few options here, but those really depend on what went wrong.
It seems that the main hard drive in this server either went bad, had a windows corruption or that one of the internal connections inside this server went bad.
You would need to check on all three of these areas to make sure 1) the main hard drive is functional (which is my first suspision so check the hard drive for errors and if it fails you would need to do a data transfer to a new hard drive). 2) use your windows software to repair the dammaged registry that may have been corrupted somehow (only do this if the main server's hard drive passes its hardware tests).
You would need to run the original os but I would need to know which one you are using to guide you more to solving the regisrty issue.
3) Hopefully tis server has a warrenty and it may need replacing if all else is working.
Try #1 which is the highest supected for failed hard drive issue (remember if discovered that main hd is bad you may need to perform a data transfer immediatly and replace with a new hard drive.
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