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having problems with computer booting up

by yagotme76 / March 5, 2005 2:09 AM PST

I bought my mother in law an older Dell computer. It was something to have so she can write her book on. Well when we got it home it will not boot says drive not ready error. What do i do from here?

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by Stan Chambers / March 5, 2005 4:13 AM PST

You didn't say what model # or how old it is, but it's
quite possible that the cmos battery has died. I'd first replace the battery, then proceed from there.
Best of Luck

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by reefurbb / March 6, 2005 1:04 AM PST

1. looky inside to see there is a hard drive, that all cables are plugged in the right way.
2. go into "setup" and choose to set defaults or look at all listings to see things are set right, such as boot order and that IDE controller is enabled, etc.
3. a boot floppy won't help if the PC won't recog the Hdd and list it at boot or in "setup". A boot floppy is good for checking floppy drive operation.
4. get the hdd loose so you can hear spinup...or not.

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by AInTeL / March 6, 2005 2:22 AM PST

Dear yagatome76,

When you purchased the computer, did they tell you if there is an operating system on it? If not, you have to set up Windows(probably) on it, so she can use it.


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