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Chrystalyne
Copper

No Boot Device Detected

I have a Dimension E521 that will not start properly. It comes to a black sceen that says:

"NO BOOT DEVICE DETECTED, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS F1 TO CONTINUE OR PRESS F2 TO SETUP MENU"

I have tried  Cntrl, Alt, Delete and it goes to the same screen. I have tried F1. I don't know what it could be.

Can someone help me??

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Mary G
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Re: No Boot Device Detected

Could be damaged system files or a failed hard drive. You should post your operating system. Boot to your operating system cd/dvd and try a repair. XP has a Recovery Console you can use to repair boot files, run Checkdisk and hard drive diagnostics.

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shesagordie
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Re: No Boot Device Detected

Chrystalyne

Check to see if the hard drive is recognized in the system setup.

See HERE <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell> for the System Setup details.

Bev.

 

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Chrystalyne
Copper

Re: No Boot Device Detected

Chrystalyne

Check to see if the hard drive is recognized in the system setup.

See HERE <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell> for the System Setup details.

Bev.

I do believe that the hard drive should be listed as Drive 0

but it doesn't list the drive id.

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shesagordie
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Re: No Boot Device Detected

Chrystalyne

Yes, the primary C:/ hard drive is 'Drive 0'.

The setup should list the hard drive's, Model ID and Size, if this is not listed, then you are looking at a failed SATA hard drive.

If you still have a warranty, you should contact Dell's Technical Support for a replacement.

Bev.

 

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thorman944
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Re: No Boot Device Detected

....or.......

 

just remove the USB drive that it's picking up.  or remove it from boot devices menu in BIOS.   usually USB drive is higher on BIOS boot menu than internal HDD.   this one gave me fits until I figured out trial and error. 

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C521 - Athlon64x2 5600+ Windsor, 2GB DDR2-800, Galaxy Nvidia 9600GT LP Video Card (my gamer)

E521 - Athlon64x2 4400, 4GB DDR2-800, Nvidia 8500gt (wife's C4 machine and my backup gamer)

prior Dell's:  Optiplex GX110 (owned 3 of these), Dimension C521, D400 laptop, E1501 laptop, and many others.

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hundeson
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Re: No Boot Device Detected

what OS you use? XP or Windows Vista?

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hundeson
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Re: No Boot Device Detected

if you have windows Vista  after computer starts up press F8 before windows Logo and  maybe you can reset to Manufactery Condition if it still can read your Harddrive

Hundeson

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