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murishani047
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Inspiron 531 "No Boot Device Available"

OK so a few weeks ago my desktop was running fine, and I left on a week long trip out of state with it in hibernation. When I came back it was turned off, no big deal because my family was around. Then I tried booting it and got these two screens. First the Dell screen stayed on abnormally long, then I got this: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=694376330597583&l=7f9fd96c82 Then I tried booting from SATA 0 (Hard Drive rather than CD Drive) and got this screen: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=694376330597583&l=7f9fd96c82 Hitting F1 repeated the process and sent it to the first screen. Help? Thanks, Austin (P.S. I'm currently using my laptop to write this, as I have not been able to boot as some other people have with the same issue. Therefore, I can't run a troubleshoot/diagnostics test on the desktop seeing as I can't log on to get to the test, and it would be useless to run Dell tests on a Lenovo laptop!)
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murishani047
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RE: Inspiron 531 "No Boot Device Available"

Oh. Also, the desktop runs WIndows Vista Home Premium, if that helps.
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Philip_Yip
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RE: Inspiron 531 "No Boot Device Available"

We cannot see the screenshots. Facebook says the content is currently unavailable.

Please upload them to OneDrive and ensure and change the folder properties to make them publicly viewable.

Dr Philip Yip
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murishani047
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RE: Inspiron 531 "No Boot Device Available"

OK here's the first screen.

Here's the second

Post edited by Philip Yip to embed the images.

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Philip_Yip
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RE: Inspiron 531 "No Boot Device Available"

Open up your desktop and check the cables to the hard drive. Its as if the computer is not seeing them plugged in.

Dr Philip Yip
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murishani047
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RE: Inspiron 531 "No Boot Device Available"

Ok I will try it when I get home. Here's hoping!
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murishani047
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RE: Inspiron 531 "No Boot Device Available"

 unfortunately it did not work. all that happened was the screens flipped order.

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Philip_Yip
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RE: Inspiron 531 "No Boot Device Available"

Press F2 and you should see the drives listed on the main submenu.

If the floppy disc is listed at the top, move down with the arrow keys and press enter and ensure its disabled so it does not boot looking for a floppy drive (which isn't there - error message).

Let me know if the hard drive and DVD drive show up on this menu as SATA 1 and SATA 2.

Once you have made changes select the Exit submenu by using the right arrow and ensure you save changes and exit.

Here someone has posted a video which may also help:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBhIDvTx74A

 

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

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murishani047
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RE: Inspiron 531 "No Boot Device Available"

ok i disabled the floppy disk and it still did not work. it says sata  zero none sata one cd drive and sata two and three none. sorry about the strange way i am typing my phone is having issues with the site.

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Philip_Yip
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RE: Inspiron 531 "No Boot Device Available"

Can you take the SATA and power cable out of your CD/DVD drive and put them in your Hard Drive and recheck?

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


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