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Dell Dimension 9100 acting strange and Windows XP HE STILL won't load

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Every now and then when I boot my PC up, there is a black screen, lights 3 and 4 are on and the computer is making a beeping noise. Sometimes the computer boots fine and works like nothing has happened to it.

Removed the hard drives and put them back in again and I removed one RAM from the module, still doesn't resolve the issue.

Windows XP Home Edition still won't load, still no solution...

Error code 0x0000007b check Hard Drive controllers, Run chkdsk and check for boot sector viruses.

Current OS is Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit

Thanks in advance.

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RE: Dell Dimension 9100 acting strange and Windows XP HE STILL won't load

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Hi Zaydnavaz,

Your hard drive is failing. Replace it.

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RE: Dell Dimension 9100 acting strange and Windows XP HE STILL won't load

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Hi Zaydnavaz,

Your hard drive is failing. Replace it.

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zaydnavaz
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RE: Dell Dimension 9100 acting strange and Windows XP HE STILL won't load

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Hello Osprey4, Thanks for your reply. I too am pretty certain about all these symptoms leading to a hard drive faliure. What I don't understand is that the computer is working fine! (When it wants to work) If you know, can you tell me a good hard drive which is at least 120gb for my computer? Budget around 100$. Thanks again, zaydnavaz.
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RE: Dell Dimension 9100 acting strange and Windows XP HE STILL won't load

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Yes, of course it will work perfectly, at least until it quits. 

Any desktop SATA hard drive will work but all drives currently selling will be in the 500GB to 2TB range. I'd recommend an SATA 2 (3.0 Gb/s) since they are more likely to be compatible with your older desktop. This Seagate should work fine. This retail kit should include cloning software.

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RE: Dell Dimension 9100 acting strange and Windows XP HE STILL won't load

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If I may...

3,4 is a RAM error and a BSOD with STOP 7b is a SATA Operation error so it sounds like you have more than just a HDD issue.

When was last time you replaced the motherboard battery? If the battery is more than ~2-3 years old, I'd replace it and run the system for a while before changing hard drives. It's a 3-volt CR2032  lithium ion battery, ~$2 at discount stores. And back up personal files on external media ASAP, too.

After you replace the battery, reboot, press F2 and go into BIOS setup. Look for the SATA Operation setting and make sure it's set to RAID AutoDetect/AHCI, since I'm assuming SATA drivers were installed the last time Windows XP was installed on this system. (Is this still the factory Windows install?). Be sure to save the change before exiting setup.

If that doesn't solve the problem...

 EDIT: WAIT, I'm confused! 

Your thread title says "...Windows XP HE", but in your first post you said "Current OS is Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit".  So which is it?

Either way, SATA Operation should be set to RAID AutoDetect/AHCI, assuming SATA drivers were installed.

Ron

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RE: Dell Dimension 9100 acting strange and Windows XP HE STILL won't load

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Me again...

Are you trying to re-install XP HE after installing Win 7??

In this case, SATA Operation needs to be set to RAID AutoDetect/ATA in BIOS first and you have to install the SATA drivers from a floppy diskette, when prompted early in the XP installation process to press F6 to install drivers.

And when XP attempts to reboot the very first time after the installation, you have to intercept it by pressing F2, to go into BIOS setup and change SATA Operation to RAID/AHCI, assuming you've installed SATA drivers from the floppy.

 

Ron

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zaydnavaz
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RE: Dell Dimension 9100 acting strange and Windows XP HE STILL won't load

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Hello Rohe, Sorry for any confusion. If I may clarify, The computer originally had Windows XP Home Edition on it. I had to load Windows 7 Home Premium on to bypass the 0x0000007b error code. The reason why I want XP back is because I don't have a Windows 7 Home Premium product key. Why should I buy new Windows when I already have a Valid product key for XP? Ok, you are saying that this is also a RAM issue. Gosh! If I replace all these parts I will have spent more than what the computer is actually worth! You're also saying that replacing the BIOS battery will also solve the issue? I have no clue how old the computer is. I bought it from a friend of mine for around 33$. By guessing, I think that the computer is either a 2006/2007 and I doubt that anyone has changed the BIOS battery. Another question I should ask, I have two hard drives on my PC. How do I know which one has failed? I have a Maxtor 160GB with Windows 7 on it and a 1TB Samsung hard drive with music on it. Thamks for your advice, zaydnavaz.
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zaydnavaz
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RE: Dell Dimension 9100 acting strange and Windows XP HE STILL won't load

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Hello again, Yes I am trying to reinstall Windows XP Home Edition after installing Windows 7 Home Edition. You mention in your post that you need a floppy disket drive. Trouble is, my computer hasn't got a floppy disk drive. I have tried using a USB stick but it didn't find the third party RAID drivers. Is there another way around this? If I change the hard drive, will I still have to install the third party RAID drivers? This is turning out to be a really troublesome computer :-( Thanks for your support, zaydnavaz.
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RE: Dell Dimension 9100 acting strange and Windows XP HE STILL won't load

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zaydnavaz

Try the following:

If you are not using RAID, or do not have an internal floppy drive, enter the system setup, scroll down to drives, press Enter or + to expand the drive menu then down to "SATA Operation", press Enter.

Change the SATA operation mode to "RAID Autodetect/ATA" press ESC to save and exit the BIOS.

Then windows XP should install without a problem.

Bev.

 

 


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RE: Dell Dimension 9100 acting strange and Windows XP HE STILL won't load

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zaydnavaz

Try the following:

If you are not using RAID, or do not have an internal floppy drive, enter the system setup, scroll down to drives, press Enter or + to expand the drive menu then down to "SATA Operation", press Enter.

Change the SATA operation mode to "RAID Autodetect/ATA" press ESC to save and exit the BIOS.

Then windows XP should install without a problem.

Bev. 

Yes, that's exactly my point. XP won't install if BIOS isn't set to RAID AutoDetect/ATA, and that causes XP to give the 7b error. So at this point, I don't think you can say either HDD failed.

But you will have to create a floppy diskette with the SATA drivers so you can install them during the XP installation by pressing F6 when prompted.

Are you still getting the 3,4 diagnostics code? I can't promise replacing the battery will fix that but, a new $2 battery rules the battery out. And reseat all RAM modules in their slots after you remove the old battery.

Keep in mind that Win XP is no longer supported by Microsoft. So you won't receive any new security patches or updates from Microsoft, potentially leaving your system open to malware and hackers. I've seen Win 7 Home Premium 32- and 64-bit OEM disks for less than $70.

 

Ron

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