Got a dell dim 4700 from a friend who had removed the hard drive in an effort to sanitize it..Sooo, I bought a new 500 GB SATA HD and installed it thinking I could just reload the OS..Welll...when I plug it in and turn it on, the screen remains blank/black and the green power light/working light remain lit constantly with the cd rom drive lights flashing alternately...Is the CPU now bad?? I have tried uninstalling modules and reinstalling with no luck...Just solid green power light and flashing, non responsive cd ROM drives.....Can anybody please help....Thanks scooterhead
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first remove your memory and clean it with a clean cloth the remove the processor fan and clean the surface ot the fan an the processor then apply a thin layer of heatsink compound and fix tightly to the socket
Try getting into the bios(maybe f1 or delete key while rebooting depends on manufacturer) make sure the hard drive is showing in the bios and if it is then try reinstalling your operating system(windows)
Your old hard drive contained files used by the OS, as well as the OS itself. If you replaced that HD with another, and did not clone your existing install onto the new HD, then there is no boot record, nor is there anything to boot. It is not possible to just swap a HD and expect it to work without either cloning the old drive or performing a fresh install of an OS. The fact that it is detected by the BIOS is good, as you can install a new OS onto the new drive, or use a program like Ghost to clone your old drive's contents onto the new drive.
You can change the hard drive, but it will create major driver issues. You will have to let the computer tell you which drivers are missing and go back and download them from the manufacturers website or use the software that you have. You cannot damage the hdd doing this.
The easy way to do this would be to install this as a secondary hdd, this would allow for more storage and less problems.
Beep problem update - Dell 4700. Last night started computer - cold boot. The screen had just started to light up and then went black and computer started beeping in an interrupted sequence. Fan speed increased considerably (suggesting overheat?) Shut it down and attempted two restarts with no success. This morning I unplugged all cords, opened case, pulled and reset memory cards and vacuumed inside. The computer was very clean so really don't suspect that dust was an issue. Buttoned it back up plugged in plugs and restart successfully accomplished. Have no clue why. Some square electrons, I guess.