Dell Dimention 8400 only boots to a flashing

November 15, 2011 at 13:54:30
Specs: Windows XP, 2.5 gh cpu/1/2gig ram
I was given a Dell Dimention 8400 and when I turn it on I only get a flashing curser. I have the Windows XP (no SP) OEM disk from my gateway computer.
And yes the broken computer has the MS sticker for win xp.
My guess is the HD is bad (SATA) how do I:
1. Verify what the problem is.
2. Install a new SATA HD with the XP (no SP) OEM disk? (I assume there are no drivers for an SATA HD)

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November 15, 2011 at 14:17:20
You can't use the Gateway OEM CD on the Dell. Did you try F8 when you booted the Dell? Choose last known good config if you can get to a menu.

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November 15, 2011 at 15:26:53
Ask whoever you got it from if they know any of its history or what they may have done to try to fix it.

Among other things, that's a symptom of a bad Dell restore attempt.

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