HI! chris i have a dell xps 600 and it just won't startup. I press the power button and it comes on to the loading screen where u can choose F2 or F12
but i does not let u choose ither of them and goes to a screen saying drives not found. could u help me?
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Here's what to try: Disconnect everything from the motherboard except the CPU and memory. You may leave the video connected to see what, if any, error message you might get. You didn't say if you got any beeps on startup. They can tell you what might be the problem. If this doesn't work, remove the memory modules. The power should stay on but you'll probably get either a steady beep or a bunch of little beeps. (I don't have the Dell error codes close at hand at the moment). If this doesn't work, you have narrowed the problem to one of three things: The CPU, the motherboard, or the power supply. You didn't mention just what happens when you turn it on--just that it won't stay on. Error messages are helpful if you get any on the screen as are any beep tones.
Don't press F12, that tells the Dell to restore Windows from a hidden partition located on the original hard drive. Since you are using a new drive, you need to boot from the Windows XP CD and follow the instruction to load the operating system.
Hi. the mother board seems to be having some initialization issues during boot up. this is common when the mother board is failing. i would check to make sure the battery on this board is working. if it is, the board my be ruined. power board seems to be fine. please rate and god bless.
sounds to me like the fan is on the way out ,and if the cpu gets too hot the pc will shut down.
check that the fan is not obstructed,clean it if it is full of dust, replace it if it is not working as it should.
also listen to the power supply fan, is it working ok,this could cause the same type of problem but for different reasons.