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This screen comes up when it is turned on: "The device in the system modular bay cannot be identified, etc.

I've had my Dell Inspiron B120 PC Notebook for two years. My daughter uses it for school work. One day when it was turned on, this screen came up: "The device in the system modular bay cannot be identified. It may not be completely inserted, etc..." I don't know what the "system modular bay" is. We haven't inserted anything, anywhere in this computer--there is no dvd in the drive, no USB devices attached, no printer attached, and the wireless card is not in. I followed the instructions to "strike F1 to retry boot, and nothing happens. I've turned it off a dozen times using ctrl/alt/del and turned it on again--always the same error screen. Could something have jarred loose inside? I live in a very remote area, could I try fixing it myself?

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  • rlww May 22, 2008

    I don't think so, not unless a "docking station" would be some integral part the computer. There are 3 2.0 USB things, I've occasionally used a flash drive with this laptop, and we've attached a keyboard and mouse at times.

  • rlww2 May 27, 2008

    Me again--couldn't figure out how to respond to Hellanice's suggestion except this way. I really don't think my laptop has a "docking station", the only eject button is for the dvd-rom--so for my situation, your suggestion is irrelevant, but thanks anyway.

  • Anonymous May 31, 2008

    Same problem. lashonak@gmail.com email me to help.



    Thank you.



    P.S. What is a docking station.

  • Dung Nguyen May 11, 2010

    is there a docking station ?

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I had the same problem.  I took out the optical drive, and powered it on, and it worked.  I may have to purchase a new optical drive?

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

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It's either your CD-rom, or hardrive (HD), made sure that they are plugged in firmly.
In my case this helped for a few boots but problem came again although laptop wasn't moved.
Replaced HD and solved the problem.

A side effect I noticed before the problem aroused was a "hart beat pattern" when looking at my I/O. And a short interrupts of the system every 3sec. (Mouse would freeze for a moment).
Maybe disk was just dying and the errors where warning singes.

**TIP**: Used a USB flash drive and Clonezilla Live” to clone my HD (with Windows XP on it). Worked fine :-) http://www.clonezilla.org/

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I believe what you describe is the Docking station. Try to remove this docking station from the computer. There should be an "eject" button on the docking station. I recommend that first you should shutdown the computer before the eject.
then try to reboot.

do you hear any rattling noise ?

Sorry to say, with laptop, it harder to fix then PC.

Posted on May 23, 2008

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