Question about Dell Dimension 8100 PC Desktop
PC is running WindowsXP Pro SP2
Initially it was thought the PC picked up a virus. The symptoms were to boot to a black screen that said press "F1 to try again and press F2 to go to setup".
The end result was a never ending loop. No apparent change in setup made any difference. PC would still not boot. I noted that the setup screen did not have the same look and feel of the CMOS area I am familiar with during normal operation.
The CD-Rom access was disable. There was no CD-Rom found in BIOS. Everything was set to auto and the only device seen was the floppy drive. The boot order was limited to only the floppy. nothing else listed. Could not use Windows CD to repair.
Decided to recover data by installing HDD as a slave on a known good working machine and then reformat the drive. Once installed as a secondary drive I was able to read the drive and recover the data. At first Windows could not format drive, said it was in use by a program. No program found. No windows open. Finally removed partition after forcing the issue. Created a new Active partition and reformatted drive with NTFS.
HDD appears to be ok.
Since I did not have access to CD-Rom I changed the HDD setting to Master and loaded WindowsXP Pro SP2 on drive using the 2nd machine.
Loading was uneventful and successful.
Once done, I installed the HDD into original system. Still no boot.
The last post code error number is: 30 with 2 beeps before machine goes into an idle.
Can not get into BIOS.
Pressed F2 and after a long wait the same error above is sounded.
Thought BIOS might have been corrupted somehow.
It's using an A06 version BIOS on an MX-05E692-12405-16R-0802 motherboard.
Would appreciate any assistance regarding this issue.
Thanks in Advance.
Looks like your have tried and done everything.
But I have to asked, have you tried a hard reset of the CMOS/BIOS using the jumper on the motherboard and/or removed the Lithium battery?
Since the PC detects the the FDD and presumably you can boot from it, perhaps flashing the BIOS would also be an option to consider. You have noticed that the CMOS/BIOS "...setup screen...not...same...CMOS...normal operation..."
Hope this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things. Good luck and kind regards.
Posted on Oct 23, 2007
Have you tried reformatting on the broken machine?
Posted on Oct 23, 2007
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