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Can not get my Dell Latitude C840 to boot.

I acquired a couple of laptops through my workplace. They were in perfect working order as we used them at work on a daily basis, they just upgraded us to newer ones. Before they allowed us to take ours home they removed the HDD's. I took 2 home. Both of which I know were in working order as one of them was my personal one at work and the other was my cube-mate's.

I have since bought a new HDD for one of the laptops which for some reason won't get recognized in either of the systems. I have the WinXP Dell Boot CD's but the laptop won't even recognize that the CD-Rom is installed. I did move the boot sequence around to start the CD-Rom first but it still boots up to the black screen that says "No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility"

I have googled around & several others have had the same problems with no luck in fixing it. Many say that it is the controller that went bad...but...I have tried this on both of my laptops. That would be a HUGE coincidence if both of the controllers went out at the same time on both laptops when both of them worked perfect just last week.

I have also, since I have 2 laptops...I have switched out the CD-Rom Drives to make sure it wasn't that as well. I have also tried booting with just the CD-Rom and also with just the HDD to make sure it wasn't conflicting hardware.

Any insight would be amazing. I have screencaps of everything too.

The Main BIOS Screen
http://twitpic.com/11btzo/full

Basic Device Configuration
http://twitpic.com/11buve/full

This is the 1st screen I get when I try to start the computer
http://twitpic.com/11bxi9/full

I even tried the 1-time boot option (F12) to try to start it from the CD-Rom and it's not even listed.
http://twitpic.com/11bxi9/full

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Pretty sure you have your jumper config wrong its probally conflicting with the cd rom's settings and probally cancelling them both out try moving the jumpers on the HDD's hope this helps ;)

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