This computer starts up and goes directly to BIOS for drive configuration.
When BIOS is set I get a No Primary Master Drive 0 found.
It does see the CD/DVD drive as Secondary master.
Could the Motherboard be the culprit and just not be spinning up the HDD?
Had a power issue and replaced the PS with new OEM.
Pulled the battery and held Power button for 30 sec. and it did try an auto setup next Boot up try.
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Re: No Master drive 0 found
this problem is made loss connection of the hard drive, Busted battery In the motherboard, Is this new harddrive? if yes then check the jumper setting, see label setting on the hard drive. It should be the hard drive is the master. no problem with your CD rom.
solution: replace the battery in the motherboard. and fix loss connection of the hard drive. or refix all the connection inside the system.
same issue occur, try to examine the hard drive maybe maybe you have to interchange the connection of the hard drive and the CD rom. if still , then try to not connect the CD rom only the hard drive.
Failure to resolve in this solution you may either change the cable of the hard drive or change the hard drive.
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When you removed the battery your computer lost all of it's configuration settings. You have to go into the set-up menu and and select the devices that are installed on your computer. Such as floppy drive, CD drive, DVD drive. Also have to set date and time.
Have you got the DVD and Hard drive on the same IDE channel? You need to set the Hard drive to the IDE master channel (IDE 0) and the DVD to the Secondary master (IDE1) on the motherboard. This way, if you need to ever re-install the OS you will not have any problems.
The only way , apart from a corrupted bios, that the DVD will read as master is if it is plugged into the IDE master socket.
I'm assuming you have the jumpers set to the master configiration on the DVD and the Hard drive? Schematic on the hard drive will show where it is and the DVD is set to master (looking at the back of it) when the jumper is on the rightmost set of pins.
If the above do not apply , or you have already sussed this, remove the bios battery for 2 minutes and press the power switch (computer unplugged of course) then replace. If this does not cure the problem, I'd download a bios update and flash the bios
The CMOS/BIOS battery has died and needs replacing.
The battery is located on the motherboard inside the case of the computer.
To replace the battery you'll have to open the case up and replace the battery. It looks like this >>>
Once you have replaced this battery and restarted your computer you will need to access the BIOS to set the date, time and also tell the computers BIOS that the floppy drive is not there and to set the boot order of the computer.
Once you have done all this you should not get that message again for a good few years.
Floydage, some ribbons are different in the orentation of pin#1. try a differnent cable...but you said that you tried that right.? have you tried to make sure you have the latist BIOS. It could be this paticuler drive have a different bios it self...and yes drive's do have chip's and software in them. If nothing ells just load the OS to that drive anyway and than change the drive letters in windows.
Most likely scenario is the drive is dead, but also the BIOS on your computer is old itself, I believe there are a few BIOS upgrades available for that model, might want to check with Dell support site. If you have access to another computer, there is a way to check your drive. Go to a computer retail store or on Ebay, but a EIDE/SATA to USB adapter. This will allow you to take a hard drive out of the case and attach this adpter to it and plug the usb side into another computer, laptop, doesn't matter...that computer will read the drive as an external hard drive....if the drive is indeed still viable. If it is, this would be a good time to save your files to the other computer for safe keeping until you can get your other system back on its feet.
One of your settings in the BIOS is set to look for a drive and it is not finding it. That is what that message means. If you have multiple drives in this machine then one of them has failed. If you only have one drive then the settings are set to look for a drive and it is not finding it. To fix this reboot the computer. When you see the DELL logo press F2 to get into setup. Then go down to Drives and turn off any drives that are set to Auto, except for your C: drive which should either be SATA 0 or PATA 0. Since it is not saying that SATA 0 is not found then I suspect your main drive is on the SATA 0 channel. Go to SATA 1 and turn it off. The instructions should be on the screen. Usually you select it by moving the arrows and then hit enter, you then use the arrows to select off. If your CD-ROM/DVD ROM is not on PATA 0 then turn it off as well. If you need more advice let me know.
First check to see if your drive (the 160Gig) is set to master or slave. If you are going to use this drive as your primary drive (boot disk) it must be set as master, and it would be drive 0. If, on the other hand, this is a second drive, it should be set as "slave, and should be drive 1. If there is an auto-detect HDD in your Bios, try that. If not, and this machine still won't detect your HDD, you may need to download and install a Bios update, because if your Motherboard is too old, it may not recognize a 160 Gig HDD.
Either the BIOS is not configured to sense the connector where your hard drive is attached or the drive is dead and unreadable.
Start the machine and press F2 when you see the Dell logo. This should get you into the BIOS setup. Come down to Drive Information and see if your HDD is listed under IDE1 (or Primary Master). The BIOS should list the model number and capacity. If IDE1 is off or disabled, change the setting, reboot and go back into BIOS. If you still can not see the HDD in BIOS, remove it and put it as a secondary drive in a different machine to see if it comes up. If not, you have a dead drive.