locks up after period of no activity, no boot

August 15, 2011 at 14:49:23
Specs: Windows 7
I have a dell 531 desktop that locks up after period of inactivity, it tries to reboot and gets a "No Boot Device Available and then lists SATA 0: Installed SATA 1: Installed SATA 2: None and SATA 3:None "- we have to power it off to reboot. SOmetimes it goes to a blue screen that says something to the effect of problems with installation of hardware and software.

The machine was delivered with Vista 3 years ago, but had problems and an IT person from my previous company removed it and installed XP about 2 1/2 yrs ago. Problem has been around for 6 months.

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August 15, 2011 at 15:33:34
It sounds like the hard drive is going bad.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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August 15, 2011 at 15:43:52
The BIOS appears to be configuring 2 SATA drives. Most likely a hard drive and an optical drive.

No boot device simply means the hard drive doesn't seem to be bootable. Still could be the hard drive going bad but could be something else.

I suggest you download and run a hard drive fitness test from the manufacturer of the drive. If the drive passes then try performing a WinXP repair installation. If the test shows defects try changing the data cable and repeating the test.

If the messages you are seeing are something from Dell utilities then the issue might just be the energy settings. I recommend you never set the hard drive to hibernate.

Also, if you have a SATA II hard drive connected to a SATA I port you may need to add a throttling jumper to the hard drive. This is unlikely if the hard drive is the original.

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August 15, 2011 at 16:02:01
Thankyou , any suggestions on a hard drive fitness test,

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August 15, 2011 at 17:52:27
Depends on the brand of hard drive. Download from the drive site.

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