New Hard drive - Blinking cursor

Dell / Dimension 5150
January 8, 2009 at 13:23:17
Specs: XP Home, P4 2.5Ghz
My HD crashed and died over the weekend, I tried to reinstall windows on it but had no success. Bought a new drive (Maxtor DiamondMax 22). Installed the drive as normal alongside a second drive I added to the machine a few months ago. So in anticipation of a night of re-installing everything, I booted up the machine and... NOTHING!! Nothing but a flashing cursor in the top left corner. I can't get BIOS, I can't even get text or a DELL logo. I have tried all the drives in the system and even booted with no drives and still no different.

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#1
January 8, 2009 at 13:32:33
Master/slave jumpers configured correctly?

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#2
January 8, 2009 at 13:40:45
there are no jumpers on the 4 pins to the right of the data and power ports

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#3
January 8, 2009 at 14:08:28
sorted it I think, i removed one of the memory sticks and it has booted up so i'll see if we can get it going.

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