Unbootable Dell Inspiron 710M Need Help

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by mamamiya84, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. mamamiya84

    mamamiya84 MDL Novice

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    Please help me.
    I was replacing the RAM on my 2.1 modded dell inspiron 710 with
    a phoenix Bios when my kid accidentally switched on the current.
    The computer which up to the memory change had been running
    smoothly cannot boot any longer.
    I ran the pre-boot system Assessment and get the following
    "Short DST short test- fail error code:1000-0141 No drive detected.
    I get the following during boot up PXE-E53 : No boot filename received.
    PXE-M0F : Exiting Broadcom PXE ROM.
    The primary Boot device, the harddisk is not in the boot menu and
    I can't change the boot device to an external IDE hard disk drive, CD rom
    or USB memory stick.
    The memory test is OK, I don't know whether it is the hard disk or the Bios
    that is the problem. Any little input is highly appreciated.
    Thanks .
     
  2. wuhoatu

    wuhoatu MDL Member

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    Remove battery, unplug the powder cord* and remove everything that can be (RAM, HDD, ODD ...).
    Then, replace RAM and HDD only. Turn-on your system and try to enter CMOS Setup. I think it will be OK.

    * Do this whenever you want to remove or replace a component of PC.
     
  3. mamamiya84

    mamamiya84 MDL Novice

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    Wuhoatu :
    Thanks alot, I have unplucked every pluckable device and refitted it yet the computer
    won't boot since the hard disk is not accessible in BIOS or I would say vanished from the BIOS.
    My biggest problem is not knowing what the problem is, whether it is the hard disk or Bios.
     
  4. ippytattoo

    ippytattoo MDL Senior Member

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    If it was me, I would try to put the hdd in another computer and see if it is detected in that one. If not it is probably the hdd if it is detected then you could try hooking up a spare hdd and check if it is detect in the first computer, the one that is not booting now. That will isolated where the issue is, bios or hdd. If you don't have a spare of either you could ask a friend if they do.
     
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  5. mamamiya84

    mamamiya84 MDL Novice

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    Thanks indeed.
    Unfortunately it is a notebook and the interface is not compartible and I haven't another notebook to try what you are saying.
     
  6. wuhoatu

    wuhoatu MDL Member

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    HDD of 710M has PATA inteface and you need a HDD box or adapter to test.
     
  7. mamamiya84

    mamamiya84 MDL Novice

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    I ordered a brand new HDD, it was delivered today
    I installed it with utter confidence that my problem
    will finally be solved only to have my hopes shattered.
    The system cannot recognise the existence of the HDD.
    The problem is not the HDD but something else, that something
    is what I don't know. Has anybody out there faced the problem that
    I am facing ?
    Any idea or thought is highly appreciated.
     
  8. danny3456

    danny3456 MDL Member

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    You need to clear your CMOS, or refresh your BIOS with default values.
     
  9. mamamiya84

    mamamiya84 MDL Novice

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    Thanks for the advice.
    Resetting the BIOS to the default value didn't yield any results.