Dell Dimension 4600 won't boot and shows no hard drive
This Dell dimension 4600 shows the following message when trying to start computer. "Loading PBR for descripter 2...done."
"A disk read error occured
Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart"
No matter how many times you try to start the computer over it hangs here everytime. I am trying to fix this for a senior person. He said it just quit without any warning. I have tried to use a boot disk. It won't access the C drive. Floppy, and CD roms works fine. Also I have tried another hard drive same results no c drive. I have checked the bios and hard drive is set to auto. It won't let me autoload a disk even if I set the boot for cd-rom first. The driver disk is a autoload disk so I can't even get it to go. I think it has something to do with the controller maybe for the hard drive, how can I tell for sure. I have even tried another ribbon.
I am stumped I don't know if it is settings, or the mother has gone to the that special place. Any help would greatly be appreicated.
Re: Dell Dimension 4600 won't boot and shows no hard drive
Thanks for the information. I had some other numbers for error codes, but apparently I hit a wrong key and it go posted before I was finished before entering all the codes. The others are: 0F00:0162,0228,0262,0428,0462,1228,1262,1A28 and 1A62. I believe these are probably codes as well for the hard drive I am guessing. I also tried to install another hard drive, but I can't get it to install, the computer acts the same at the beginning. I know this hard drive is ok. It's a Western digital 40 gb, which is smaller than the original 80 gig. Can you give me step by step instructions for installing this one please. I like to get this back to the owner as soon as I could their grandson is in Iraq, and is wife is in Hawaii and this is how they have been corresponding. I know he will be disappointed, they had some pictures on it that will be lost. I told him they should save their information to disk. He said he didn't know how, I bet he will have me show him how do it now when he gets this back. Any help would be greatly appreicated.