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Replacing the battery on dell e510 - floppy disk drive not present

I replaced the battery. i got an error message saying floppy disk drive not present. tried to disable all floppy drives as i saw as a solution on another site. after doing so, got an error message saying hard drives could not be found. please help! still paying on this computer but warranty is expired.

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  • twinkie0225 Jun 19, 2008

    i'm sorry. i should have been more clear. i replaced the cmos/bios battery in a dell e510 desktop. i pressed f2 and went to the bios screen. i disabled the floppy (the computer doesn't have one to begin with). after that is gives a new error message about a hard drive not present.

  • twinkie0225 Jun 19, 2008

    i did like you said. the hard drive passed. now it doesn't go to the dell screen at all. it goes to the windows xp screen like it's loading then the screen goes black. the computer stays on but nothing is on the monitor. more suggestions?

    please help, anything would be wonderful

  • twinkie0225 Jun 23, 2008

    I ran the check of the hard drive and it said pass. After i went into bios and changed the diskette drive to off and drives 0-3 to on, I received an error message:

    drive 1 not found: serial ata, sata - 2

    drive 3 not found: parallel ata, pata - 1 (pri ide slave)

    I will try to set drive 0 to sata (although I think it already is) and the flash cache (can I find that in bios?).



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Try this

turn on your computer when you see the dell logo press f2
once in the bios screen check drive and see if your hard drive0 will give you your hard drive details at the lower right side of the page

you can also do some diagostics by pressing f12 when you see the dell logo and go to diagnostics. if it passes that means there is nothing wrong with your hard drive.

if the hard drive appears correctly
be sure that the drive0 is in sata or sata is highlighted on the right side of the screen

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    francisco de mesa Jun 20, 2008

    place your hard drive in the bios boot sequence as the number 1 drive

    then also in bios screen go to drives and select drive 0 and make sure it is set to sata

    then go flash cache and set it to stop


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Replacing a laptop battery should not make a drive all of a sudden not appear.

You will have to enter the BIOS of the computer by hitting the required key stated at the first screen when Turning on the computer (usual located at the very bottom, it's almost always F2 or Tab or Delete)

Once in the BIOS the very first screen visible to you should tell you the drives hooked up to the machine VIA IDE or SATA. See if your HDD is located there.

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