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Dell Optiplex gx150 desktop
February 6, 2010 at 15:52:47
Specs: Windows XP
First of all the desktop doesn't have an
operating system installed that i know of.
second the only thing im able to do when i turn
it on is go to the setup or boot menu. Once
there however i cant do anything of any
importance because none of the hardware is
"installed" or recognized by the bios/system.
the only piece of hardware it's recognizing as
enabled/installed is the floppy drive. i need a
way to either install an os from the floppy or a
way to install drivers from the floppy so that i
can use the cd drive to boot from.

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#1
February 6, 2010 at 15:58:27
The boot order is set in the bios. You don't any any drivers for that. If it's not seeing the drives you have connected then they're not enbabled in cmos/bios setup, bad, jumpered wrong or connected wrong.

Might be helpful to know what happened to it between the last time it worked and the first time it didn't.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#2
February 6, 2010 at 16:08:07
i know its set in the bios. its not seeing the drives even when i
try to enable them so they're probably jumpered/connected
wrong. i have no idea what happened i just picked up the
computer to see what i could do with it for my mom.

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#3
February 6, 2010 at 16:23:24
Check in cmos/bios setup to make sure the IDE controllers are enabled.

If they're OK, open the case and see how they're connected. Are the cdrom and hard drive on the same cable? If so, and if they're jumpered wrong that could cause them not to be seen.

Are they connected to the 4-wire power connector?

Post back the model number of the hard drive. If the drive was replaced with a larger capacity one it's possible the bios won't be able to see it.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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