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It won't boot to the os

It seems to go through the bios setup, then comes up to a white and black screen that has 3 choices

it says "the device in the system modular bay cannot be identified. it
may not be completely inserted or may have some other problem. follow
the steps below,
1 make sure device is fully closed
2 press esc key wait for system to power down
3 press power button to retry detecting the device

well none of that stuff works, and then it just shuts down, i have nothing in any bay.
is the bios messed up, is the mobo bad? thanks in advanced! john

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  • airbrushjohn Jul 29, 2008

    thank you! very much! i will do that now! and i'll let you know!

  • airbrushjohn Jul 29, 2008

    hi pyrhyc,
    i took the drive out and for some reason there was a small piece of paper about the size of a quarter jambed in the connector on the mobo. well i finally got it out! i have no idea how that got in there! anyway, i cleaned it all out as best as i could. but i still getting the same black and white screen. do you think the drive could be bad, as it does have warnings about it being sensitive about shock and vibrations.

  • airbrushjohn Jul 29, 2008

    thank you very much for all your help! john

  • airbrushjohn Jul 30, 2008

    pyrhyc really helped me with the D 600 solution! thank you very much!

  • airbrushjohn Jul 30, 2008

    hi pyrhyc,

    how do i rate you? everytime i press the fixya icon it goes to a page the says itcan't be found, and i am logged in and that page keeps saying i need to log in. thanks again john


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The modular bay refers to the optical drive (CD drive). There is a small screw holding it, I've had machines at my shop that this screw fallen out and the drive wasn't making a good connection. Be sure that the drive hasn't slid out a bit. Take it out clean the connection and put it back, making sure it's seated properly. Try this, then let me know, and we'll go from there.

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    Ryan Rogers Jul 29, 2008

    It's a good possibility the with the paper being in there it shorted out the drive, or it could have damaged the connector or bent one of the contacts in the connector. Make sure that all the paper is out, and the contacts are clean and aren't bent. If these are good, then a replacement drive may be your only option.

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    Ryan Rogers Jul 29, 2008

    You're welcome. Please don't forget to give me a good rating!!!

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    Ryan Rogers Jul 30, 2008

    You should just be able to hit the fixya icon. They've been doing some maintenance to the site recently, so it may be that. Try again later. Thanks.


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