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Dimension 1100 not booting. In Boot sequence screen, says "Hard drive not installed"

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Your hard drive is probably toast and needs to be replaced and Windows reloaded.

Make sure to check your BIOS settings first and make sure the drive is showing up in there and it's not deactivated.

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How do I unlock the Bios on an Acer ES-1 111M Laptop


To boot from a CD, DVD or USB device, make sure that the device has boot sequence priority over the hard drive.

BIOS Boot

BIOS (Basic Input Output Subsystem) is a programmable chip that controls how information is passed to various devices in the computer system. A typical method to access the BIOS settings screen is to press ESC, F1, F2, F8 or F10 during the boot sequence.
BIOS settings allow you to run a boot sequence from a floppy drive, a hard drive, a CD-ROM drive or an external device. You may configure the order that your computer searches these physical devices for the boot sequence.
The first device in the order list has the first boot priority. For example, to boot from a CD-ROM drive instead of a hard drive, place the CD-ROM drive ahead of the hard drive in priority.
Before you set boot priority for a USB device, plug the device into a USB port.
To specify the boot sequence:
  1. Start the computer and press ESC, F1, F2, F8 or F10 during the initial startup screen. Depending on the BIOS manufacturer, a menu may appear.
  2. Choose to enter BIOS setup. The BIOS setup utility page appears.
  3. Use the arrow keys to select the BOOT tab. System devices appear in order of priority.
  4. To give a CD or DVD drive boot sequence priority over the hard drive, move it to the first position in the list.
  5. To give a USB device boot sequence priority over the hard drive, do the following:
    • Move the hard drive device to the top of the boot sequence list.
    • Expand the hard drive device to display all hard drives.
    • Move the USB device to the top of the list of hard drives.
  6. Save and exit the BIOS setup utility.
  7. The computer will restart with the changed settings.

Boot Priority Options

Some computer manufacturers allow you to select the device that contains the boot sequence from a special device selection menu. The example below uses a Dell system board.
To set boot priority using a device selection menu:
  1. When the computer starts to boot up, after the manufacturer's ID screen, press F12 several times. The device selection menu appears.
  2. Use the up and down arrows to select CD-ROM or

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I'm trying to increase hard disk space on a Dell


Hi.

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.



Regards.

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Computer doesnt boot usb


Can you boot from the hard drive?

When you turn the computer on watch the screen for which key to hit to Change the Boot Order or Boot Sequence then hit that key. You have to hit the key when the message is shown or you will have to start over.

The screen will also show you which key to hit to get into the Bios or System Setup. You have to hit the key when the message is shown or it will not work and you will have to restart.

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I cannot find if it's possible to boot from USB for a Dell Dimension 1100. I am trying to restore a computer and the CD Drive has failed, so my primary objective is to load Linux via USB so I don't have to...


if you go to dells website and flash your bios with the most recent version it should give you the usb option and make sure your usb stick has been format to become a bootable drive

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I need directions on how to reinstall the hard drive on a dell dimension 2400. I basically need a system restore. I have the reinstallation Cd, just need directions. THanks Also, i know how to download...


Hello
Regrading restoration you need a bootable CD inserted in CD drive and boot from that Cd by changing the boot sequence "boot from CD", during installation it will ask for format/partition of Hard drive, do if you want, after installation of windows you need driver, get drivers from link below:
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid=&SystemID=DIM_PNT_P4_CEL_2400
and install them as well,
feel free to contact for more information, good luck, do rate the solution if got help

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My dell 5150 dimension will not boot up and says no boot device available. I have gone into system setup and tried a few things and at one point got a message that said drive 0 not found and now it is back...


Go back to setup and check your boot sequence. It may not be looking for your hard disk. Do you know what Hard disk you have? It may not be wired in there properly if it's in the boot sequence. Set DVD/CD to 1st boot device and put in your installation disk. Do you boot now? Do you have data on your hard disk you need? If not, Re-format the drive.

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No boot device


A boot device is typically the main hard drive which contains your operating system.

There are a couple of reasons you'll get this message:

  1. You or somebody else modified the BIOS and disabled the bootable hard drive. To fix this, turn the computer on and watch for a prompt that includes the words BIOS or SETUP. It should have a key associated with it (F2 and Delete are two common options). Look for the boot up section and make sure that your primary hard drive is on the list (usually 1st or 2nd in the boot sequence.).
  2. Your hard drive is damaged or the boot sector is damaged and the BIOS can't find the boot information. In this case, I would take the computer to a local professional. Your hard drive may not be recoverable.

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Dell Dimension 2100 wont boot from xp disc


you need to go into setup or your BIOS and set the boot sequence as 1- floopy, 2- cd 3- hard drive, exit and restart and your machine should boot up the xp cd.
good luck

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Dell Dimension 5510


Normally you would set it up to boot from:
1. CD/DVD drive
2. Hard Drives

There may also be a floppy drive to add in whereever you want it.
This problem sound like some kind of drive controller or the drives are not being recognized in BIOS...check and make sure you see the hard drives when setting the boot order.

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Multiple viruses on a Dell Dimension 1100


Formatting your hard-drive is the easiest way to eliminate anything on that hard-drive. Follow my steps below to do just that.

Start your computer so you can open the CD-ROM drive. Insert the Windows Installer into the CD-ROM drive. Close your CD-ROM Drive. Shut down your computer.

Now start your computer and while your system starts up look for an option for the, "Boot Menu" or, "Boot Device." It will have a key associated with it that you have to press continually for you to enter the menu. For instance:

(F8) Boot Menu.

Here's a hint to help you out. If you see the loading screen of your operating system, you've missed your window. Restart and try again.

Now just to clarify, we're not out to change the boot sequence, we're trying to boot from a specific device. Once you find that menu select your CD-ROM drive and press enter. It might ask you to, "Press any key to boot from CD-ROM drive." As it mentioned, press any key. Afterward the Windows Installer will launch.

Follow the directions on the screen to set up Windows. Yeah, it will warn you that there is another OS installed on your primary Hard Drive and that it might be better for you to, "Repair" your system. Ignore that and continue with the process to Install Windows. Before the final step to install Windows there is a screen that allows you to partition your hard-drive. In this are, erase ALL partitions. Afterward create a new one which will be your C:\ drive. If you want to partition your drive further, go ahead. However, at this point you can continue the Windows Installation and the Installer will ask you if you want to format with the NTFS or FAT32 type. Format with the NTFS type.

Now the Windows Installer will erase EVERYTHING on your hard-drive and proceed to install Windows XP.

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