Question about Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop
How old is this computer? If it is brand new, then you should be able to send it back to Dell (assuming that is the brand) for a replacement. If it is an old one, don't start worrying about the ENTIRE tower, because it is most likely that only the drive is failing. If I were you, I'd start by replacing the CD drive. By the way, what is the drive exactly? Does it say stuff on it like, CD 54X, DVD+/- compatible, etc. etc. etc... If you don't want to replace the drive yourself, then just take it down to your neighborhood computer store and ask them to replace it with exactly the same type. If you want me to give you a tutorial on how to replace the drive yourself, let me know.
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The words "disc boot failure" are terrifying for most computer users.
A disc boot failure notification generally means that your hard drive and operating system may be useless.
Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to troubleshoot your system in order to salvage your computer.
You may need to restart your computer a number of times before you manage to fix the error, so don't get discouraged.
A couple things to check first, make sure there's no floppy disc/cd in the drives, and if you are comfortable with computers, you can enter the boot setup of your BIOS, and check to see that your hard drive is listed as the primary boot device.
WARNING: Before you start troubleshooting remember that you are dealing with electricity that can KILL.
Or there is a connection problem such as a bad cable
Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive IDE,SATA
the leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO THE HARD DRIVE make sure they have a
secure dust free connections and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty if its a flat 40pin ide
this will be the first to fail
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty
or just replace them they could be faulty a computer needs power and data to travel through every working device and continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error
Turn off your computer by pressing and holding the power button until the computer shuts down.
Locate the boot disc for your operating system (OS).
Turn on your computer and insert the CD into the proper drive before your monitor reaches the BIOS screen.
If the computer cannot read the CD, eject it and wipe the readable side of the disc with a clean cloth.
Restart your computer and re-insert the CD.
If this does not begin to load your operating system
Restart your computer and press the "DEL" key when you reach the BIOS screen.
This will bring you to BIOS settings.
Make sure that your hard drive is enabled to be read by BIOS. Restart your computer.
Access the command prompt by pressing the "F8" button at the appropriate moment.
Your monitor will display a notification at the bottom of the screen when you can access the system options with "F8." From the menu that appears, select the "Command Prompt" option.
Enter the text "fdisk /mbr". On the next line, enter "sys c:" and press "Enter."
This will initiate a system restore of corrupted discs.
If this does not clear the disc boot error problem.
Turn off your computer and remove the power supply.
Remove the side panel from your hard drive tower by hand or with a screwdriver.
Locate the hard drive of your computer in the top-front section of the hard drive tower when viewed from the side.
Using your fingertips, make sure all connections to and from your hard drive component are secure.
Locate the BIOS battery, which is a circular battery found on the motherboard.
Make sure that all connections to and from the BIOS battery are secure.
Check the connection of your computer's RAM to your motherboard.
hope this helps
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