my computer willnot boot

Dell Dimension 3000c desktop
February 7, 2010 at 18:43:10
Specs: Windows XP, 256
When it turns on it comes up saying :
diskette drive 0 seek failure
primary drive 0 not found
primary drive 1 not found
secondary drive 1 not found
strike f1 key to continue , f2to run the setup utility.
tried a lot of things cant seem to get it running . Any Ideas?

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February 7, 2010 at 18:56:47
Sounds like you hard drive fizzed. The bios can't find a hard drive.

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February 8, 2010 at 08:13:30
It sounds like either a bad hard drive (as above) or bad RAM
First, try unplugging your hard drive (system unplugged) and replugging the signal cable.
Second you only show 256 on RAM (not really enough now) which indicates you probably only have one stick of memory and that could have gone bad also (your BIOS does rely on RAM) - try replacing it OR download a copy of Memtest on a different computer and creating a bootable floppy or CD that can test your RAM. If any of the tests fail, replace. (one or two 1GIG sticks would be best if your system can handle them, or else two 500Meg sticks, just make sure of the correct type).
If your memory is good (upgrade later when all else is OK, If Memtest works, your BIOS is probably OK), your hard drive is probably bad. You can download a utility from the hard drive manufactures site to make a bootable to test it though.

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February 8, 2010 at 08:35:18
Sorry but those messages have nothing to do with ram.
Hard drive or hard drive controller failure are what they point to.
Start by going into your bios and doing a hard drive detect. See if the drive is seen by the bios. If its not seen it is dead.

The drive has to be seen by the bios before you can run any utilities on it which would be your next step. If seen download the drive manufacturers fitness test and run it.

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February 8, 2010 at 08:49:01
Definitly not Memory. What did you change recently?

If nothing then Wanderer is right but if you added another hard drive (if it is an old IDE PATA) then your problem might be with how it is configured, or is this a SATA drive?

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