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My Dell Dimension 4600C Series will not go pass the part where it shows the Dell logo - after that it is just a blinking dash, then it just disappears. I've tried to reset the BIOS but that didn't do anything. I also tried to have the boot sequence to read the CD ROM first and placed the Operating System Original Disc in it to reintstall but it just wouldn't do anything. Just sit on the blinking dash, then just blanks out. Wondering if I should just replace the hard drive? Or anything else I could do or how to even figure out what is wrong with it?

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The blinking dash is the way in which the BIOS is telling you that it was unable to find an operating system - the screen blanks out because it goes in stand-by.
If even after you have changed the boot order from the BIOS you can't load the Recovery Disc then this is a hardware problem - the chip that controls the disks (hard and optical) is defective. That means that the motherboard is defective and you will have to replace it.

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