I built my own computer last summer and it has been running great with 3 hard drives and an optical drive since then. This week I added a fourth hard drive. The computer started fine and ran for a day with no trouble reading off the new drive. The next day I heard the computer making a buzzing noise and saw that the processor fan was slapping some wires within the computer. I immediately shut it off but since then everytime I have turned on the computer, none of the lights on the mouse or keyboard turn on and the monitor does not recognize the computer. I can hear all the hard drives spinning normally and am not sure what the problem is. I have checked the said wires for damage and can find none I also tightened the processor fan back onto the processor as it was loose and cleaned out the fan which was very full of dust. If you could please point me in any directions as to how to fix the computer I would greatly appreciate. I have no idea how to get any response from the computer.
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Re: Problem starting up my computer
Is the PC Beeping at the end of the POST ( power on self test)
It should beep just before the bios screen appears(this is the screen which lists all the installed cards etc in the system along with the hard drives and the various other parameters) if not, it is not completeing or even starting the POST.
You may have a critical error so make sure ALL cards and RAM chips are fully and correctly installed.( touch a bare metal part of the chassis BEFORE touching anything inside the case)
If you still have probs, did you touch a part of the bare metal chassis BEFORE you touched anything else?
You may have spiked the board with static discharge.
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So a new drive will of course, have nothing on it at all. Lets just say you are installing windows 7. With the windows 7 disk in the optic drive as the power is turned on - check for boot options at start up or hit your Del key to get in to the bios. Search bios for boot priorities - Set optical CD/DVD drive as primary (first boot) Make sure you can boot to the windows disk.. Once it sees the disk in the drive - follow the directions and the disk with start the install process. AFTER your windows os has loaded, you may need to find orphan drivers that did not load with the windows disk. You'll have to search Dell.com for proper drivers. Oh, huge - If the computer is running SATA 1 - Pentium 4 to first generation Core 2. You may need to hit your F4 key to add other drivers at the very beginning of the windows install.
The drivers most the time, show as a raid driver, but this is needed or your system will never install - The Hard drive will never be found.
1. Turn off Wi-Fi and BlueTooth - Most laptops have shortcut keys to instantly disable wireless networking.
2. Don't play computer games, music or DVD movies - Multimedia activities drain laptop batteries.
3. Disconnect all external device like PC Card modems, Firewire, USB devices and optical drives. Use the notebook touchpad instead of an external mouse.
4. Adjust your screen brightness - Dimming your display saves battery power.
5. Tweak Windows Power Options - Choose a Laptop power scheme that turns off the notebook monitor and hard disk after 10 minutes of inactivity.
6. Decrease or mute the Laptop Speaker Volume.
7. Turn off all scheduled tasks.
8. Turn off Auto-save features in Microsoft Office and other applications.
9. If your PC has a built-in wireless card, turn it off or disable it when not in use.
10. Programs that are run from a CD or DVD can be copied to and run from the hard drive, which typically consumes less power than an optical drive.
If your laptop will not recognise any cd or dvd that you put into it - a music or movie dvd- it's probably the actual dvd drive at fault. It means that you will have to replace the optical drive for your computer model. This is quite easy to do.
Before buying a new optical drive, try a last-throw solution. Remove the optical drive and power up the computer. Then switch it off. Refit the optical drive and power up the computer, which may detect the refitted optical drive.
However, if you mean that your laptop will recognise the information on a dvd - such as a Windows operating system - but won't boot up from it when you restart the computer it's probably because the computer is set up to set up to boot from the hard drive first.
To change the boot-up order press either DEL of F2 at start up. Go into the bios settings and look for 'boot up sequence'. You'll be able to change the first boot to dvd or usb.
Operating system disk - Try to test your Installation CD to other computer. If it doesn't work then you need to replace the disk
Optical Drive (CD/DVD Drive) - If Installation disk works then try to clean your Optical drive lens as it may be having a hard time reading the disk. Your Optical drive is working since you're able to format and able to start the installation. Cleaning the drive lens may do the trick.
Hard Drive - If Installation CD and Optical drive is clean. Then the last thing you need is to replace the Hard Drive. You Hard Drive might need replacement due to some bad sectors and the installation couldn't write anything on the drive that causes to freeze during installation.
One bad lead will cause your computer to shut down or continue in a cycle replace all the leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions + IDE,SATA and the ones that attach from your motherboard to your hard drive hope this helps
The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.
Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive. Or you can use any photo cataloging program.
Guess the error code is that of the diagnostics in built in the dell systems.
This error code indicates a problem with the Hard drive. It can be resolved by reseating the hard drive and the optical drive. Kindly look in to the manual and look for the location of the hard drive. It will have 2 screws which needs to be removed after which the hard drive can be pulled out. Optical drive will have one screw embedded deep inside.
Place the hard drive and the optical drive back in its place and then test for the error code.
Please turn off system and remove the battery and the AC adapter when performing these steps.
1. Make sure the two cables are installed in the back of the optical drive. 2. When you start your computer, press the key that it tells you to go into system setup or BIOS. From there, you need to find the boot device and/or boot order option and select the optical drive as the first boot device. 3. Press F10 to save and exit, making sure the first recovery disc is in the optical drive. 4. Save and exit; your computer should boot now from the optical drive.
the problem which i feel is 1 not enough wattage of power supply required wattage is 500w 2 PUT ONE DRIVE ON SATA 1 AND run the comp 3 then remove this hd and put another one and run comp see if it detects as drive both times then choose sata 3 and sata 1 for both the drives, one sata 1 and other sata 3 since both would be master this time your problem may be rectified
if both the drives have same firm ware , the drives will report this error permenantly .
last try can be done to remove pcb of the drive and clean the contact surfaces of firm ware and motor supply area. this will solve your problem too. you may notice some dry burned surface on the firmware contact areas.