Proceed with the installation or troubleshooting that you were attempting.
If you do not hear a beep on altE try altF
Dell bios's DO NOT have "auto escd" like most motherboars do. So anytime you add new hardware (especially non-dell hardware) you have to force the bios to re-detect the new hardware by clearing NVRAM. With auto escd (a nice feature) it does this every time you re-boot.
Thanks DELL for this not so nifty feature.
This forces you to call DELL for support and pay big bucks if your out of warrany, just plain stupid if you ask me.
Your statement is incorrect, we have worked with hundreds of Dell`s, installing Hard drives, Optical drives, floppy`s and Clearing the NVRAM is not necessary everytime, in truth it is rare.
Whether you stand by your original statement or not is irrelevant. The big issue most of the time is that Dell defaults the second drive to off in BIOS. I am not aware of those numerous post but will search tomorrow when I get to work, thanks for the information.
Check your jumper setting for the second drive, Dell uses Cable Select and enter the BIOS to confirm the device is turned on.
Message Edited by X-Rogue on 07-17-2005 06:48 PM
If the drive is turned off in the bios, you will not get the error. Drive 0 and 1 not found.
If you get this error message it means it is turned on but the bios has not identified it,
you reset nvram so the bios will querry the harddrive to identify it.
I have had to do this on 3 D8400's purchased by me and others recently, so mabe this is a problem
only with newer 8400's or possible the A06 bios, which I have read several complaints about on this forum.
Opinions are relavent if Dell wishes to maintain custome satisfaction and fix bugs or problems
Just trying to help.