Bios Screen Error

Dell 530
January 7, 2010 at 20:20:34
Specs: Vista 32 bit?
I have come across my first problem with my dell 530. It is little over a year old(should of got that extended warranty..damnit). It has very good upgrades at the time with processor/video card/ memory/ etc. However, my dumb*** brother turned it off one day via holding down the power button for 6 seconds etc. And when he went to reboot it, the thing wont work. I will go into detail with what i have done so far in hopes somebody has an idea to fix this problem.
Disassembled everything and reconnected.
Replaced power supply and repluged it back in.
Took 2 of the 4 memorys out and messed with each one a little bit.
Attempted to find the cmos? read somewhere to replace it but couldnt find it connected with anything in my cpu.
Any advice would be great.
FYI it beeps once during startup then stops at the bios screen f2 or f12 do not load, however it says entering setup but does not leave the bios screen. Thanks for your time

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January 7, 2010 at 22:13:20
I am starting to believe it is my hard drive. Could be wrong but see if this makes sense..
I changed the boot device to CD and plugged in the windows vista install cd that came with the computer and everything is smooth but it wont find a device to save too i think? Talks about drivers
When I set my boot priority to hard drive and second to CD it waits a couple minutes then resumes with the CD.
If i disconnect my harddrive it instantly boots to the CD.
If i leave the harddrive in and remove the boot CD it sits on a SATA screen where it wont boot anything and says Press Enter to Retry.
Starting to believe its a harddrive problem but i could be wrong.. would sure be really nice to find this out before i trash this $1100 computer.
Any suggestions?

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January 7, 2010 at 23:26:48
Yeah, sounds like the hard drive. Likely the posting screen is locking up while trying to access it. Usually if you let it sit there for awhile an error message will come up.

But open it up and check that the drive cable is in good condition and firmly seated on both the drive and motherboard connectors.

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