Question about Dell Latitude C840 24X CD-R W/ DVD Combo (SIDE Unit) - D1361 CD-ROM Drive
I doubt if that will help much. The problem is when you first turn it on it does a search for boot devices. Unless you put that USB device as a boot option, which I doubt you can, it will not boot from it. Try partitioning that old hard drive and then formatting it to make it usable. You could also try booting the computer with a Windows CD in the CD drive to get it to boot from CD. Right now the machine isn't recognizing the format of any devices and most likely isn't setup to boot from a USB device. Another option you could try to use to assist in partitioning and formatting the HD is Knoppix. Knoppix is a Linux based operating system that will run from CD/DVD that will give you some tools to use in Partitioning the Harddrive. You can usually get it in a book store with a Manual on how to use it for about $12. I found one in a Half Priced book store for $3 and still use it as a Primary Operating system. Very dependable and very light on resources required to run it.
Posted on Aug 08, 2010
Refer to the "reserve battery" description at this site.
The full service manual for the C840 is available at this site.
If it is not booting from the CD then it is possible the whole system is faulty. What is the CD you are using to boot? Is it a bootable Windows CD?
Try it on a working PC by booting from its CD after changing the boot sequence.
Posted on Aug 08, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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The firmware for any electronics device tells the hardware how to properly function.
Most devices rarely need a firmware upgrade, however, computer products such as a Seagate hard drive need to have the firmware updated periodically due to computers constantly going through operating system upgrades.
Luckily, you can update your Seagate hard drive firmware with an Internet connection and a few clicks of your mouse.
Connect your Seagate hard drive to your computer if the hard drive is external.
Launch your Internet browser and navigate to the Seagate.com website.
When the site loads click the "Downloads" button.
Click on the hard drive listing you currently own.
This brings up all of the most current downloads for your Seagate hard drive.
The listings of the hard drives have the image, so match your hard drive to the image online if you are not sure what drive you have.
The user manual states what hard drive you currently own also.
If you don't have your owners manual, open "My Computer" (or "Computer") and right-click the hard drive icon and select "Properties."
Here the computer states exactly what model of hard drive you have.
Click the Firmware update and click the "Download" button to launch the download.
Click-and-drag the file into the hard drive if you are using an external hard drive
(open "My Computer," then double-click the removable hard drive icon).
Open the downloaded file and follow the prompts to install the updated firmware.
Hope this helps
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