|Thanks for the Thanks, BUT.....|
"For your info the diagnostic lights on the back of the tower all came up Green. "
Okay, then there's probably nothing wrong with the mboard, the ram installed in it or it's connection to it's slots, the cpu, and the power supply is still working okay, at the very least.
You are probably hearing the beep or beeps from the mboard that you normally here while booting the computer .
" It was recommended that I try the F12 key to get into diagnostics. I did that and chose the one related to "not being able to load OS" It came up with only one error code: IDE device failed OFOO:133D.
'.....I went to a local computer repair business and discussed what I had learned with a tech. He seemed to think it was also my hard drive. "
He doesn't know for sure until he actually takes some time to diagnose what the problem is, and he's not going to do that for free, although there is usually a standard reasonable flat rate for doing that.
If you were too cheap to pay him to test your system, you only get what you pay for, in this case a "maybe".
I searched on the web and found the "IDE device failed OFOO:133D" error you got from the Dell diagnostics DOES NOT necessarily indicate the hard drive is failing.
You didn't quote the whole message.
Several "hits" quoted....
ERROR CODE: "0F00: 133D Msg: IDE device failed: Incompatable CD for testing'"
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Re: Windows XP Freezes on Startup (boot) This happened after a sy
in the IDE Drive Diagnostics........
1. the hard drive passed
2. the CD -ROM ...diagnostics not supported
In the express test...IDE Disk confidence test...error OFOO: 133D IDE Device failed.
from all this and reading similar on the net I would assume (hate that word) that the optic drive (CD-ROM) is not being recognized because it is dead."
So there can be nothing wrong found with the hard drive, yet you get that error.
I encountered a similar problem this morning with my Dimension running Windows XP. My McAfee firewall and virus scan trial subscriptions ended this week, so last night I got online to subscribe, download and install the updates. It ran a virus scan as part of the process and found about four (I don't remember what they were) and said they were removed. I did notice that I had stayed connected to the internet (dial-up still) even though I had tried to log off. I shut the computer down for the night, and when I tried to get on this morning, I reached the welcome screen, clicked on my account name, and about half a second after it started to log on, it stopped and said it was logging off. I ran a diagnostic test this morning and the error message was: 0F00:133D, IDE device failed - incompatible CD for testing. If it is two services conflicting, then what is the approach to take to correct the problem?
I called Dell Technical Support last night and got help faster than expected. I ended up having to do a repair reinstall (see article http://support.dell.com/us/en/kb/do... ). I didn't lose any files as a result, and everything seems to be working fine now.
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When I boot up my home computer I get a black screen saying a disk read error occured.
I scanned the computer and I get two error codes.
1) Error Code 0F00: 133D
IDE device failed-Incompatible CD for testing
2) Error Code 0F00:1344
Msg: Block 116829: Uncorrected data error or media is write protected.
Any suggestions to what is wrong?
I believe this has to do with Windows XP, in that some core file gets deleted or something. Can you try a repair install using the XP CD?
Also, check out this thread:
Test the hard drive with a bootable hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics disk.
If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.
Seagate's Seatools will test (almost) any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.
The bootable Dos versions of SeaTools can be used even if Windows is not working properly.
If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.
If the hard drive itself tests okay......
Try doing a Repair installation of XP - it takes less than an hour to try - lots of details here...
See this FIRST if you have a SATA drive controller on the mboard:
Installing XP and SATA drive controllers, SATA drives; the SATA drive controller bios settings.
See response 2:
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If the hard drive itself does NOT test fine, IDE hard drives aren't necessarily expensive.
IDE hard drives on the newegg site
For that matter, you could probably buy a used one locally for cheap.
If you have the Recovery disks that probably originally came with the computer, then you can installl Windows from scratrch, or install the original software installation from scratch , depending on which type of recovery disks you have.
In any case....
If the original hard drive can still be accessed by booting the computer from something such as a Linux CD or the Ultimate Boot CD that can read all the files on the drive, or most of them, then you can copy any personal data you have added to the drive that you don't want to lose to elsewhere.