Dell Select 1000 won't boot past POST

February 27, 2011 at 05:43:32
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, This machine was given to me as operational. The HDD was removed by previous owner. I pulled the HDD from my Compaq Presario 6000 and installed in the Dell. The Dell runs the BIOS and appears to run a memory test with a sizable status bar at the bottom of a black screen. Once the status bar is complete the machine stops with the completed status bar displayed. I've tried enabling HDD detection and other OS options but no change. I've reinstalled the HDD in my Compaq to post this request. The Compaq is one that has the bad system board memory addressing issue. Last new one I've bought.

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February 27, 2011 at 12:30:10
GIVEN to you? You can't really slap a HDD (hard disk drive) from a machine and put it in a dissimilar machine and expect the machine to boot normally. XP loads to a specific disk and partition configuration, to specific hardware and software configurations that it was originally installed on.

You can test the Dell 1000 laptop however w/o a HDD in it by downloading the Dell Diagnostics (*.iso file) utility from Dell's site, burn it to a CD, then BOOT to that CD to run the diagnostics. There may also be an On Board (slimmed down) version of Dell diagnostics on that model's motherbooard. That runs from a chip on the motherboard. Run it by selecting F12 past POST (IF you can get past POST), select Diagnostics.

If the laptop doesn't get past POST...or if you cannot get into the BIOS, it's probably a motherboard related issue.

Just another stupid saying...

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