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Old 07-14-2011, 07:26 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Ok, I'm working on a friend's Dell Dimension 4700. When I first crank this computer up, it gave me the message "diskette drive 0 seek failure" so I went into bios and cut it off. It doesn't even have one. I also went and made sure the CD Rom and Hard drive were detected and it does display the make and model of each.

Then I went to boot sequence and made the hard drive 1st and CD rom second. I get "No bootable device". So then I made the CD rom drive boot first and placed a XP disk in and I get the same message.

It's acting like the drives aren't there. But they are detected under bios.

Any ideas anyone?
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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1. Have you tried booting from a USB drive?
2. Did you try checking the cables for the hard drive/CD ROM drive
3. Check the jumpers?
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:06 PM
 
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Documentation
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:41 AM
 
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What does no bootable device mean? - Yahoo! Answers

Edit: Sorry, got called away before I finished.

I agree with checking cables. I recommend unplugging and replugging each end of each cable. The connectors can become loose or corroded and will cause this problem.

If possible connect the hard drive to a different PC (Not as a boot drive, connect it as the "slave") and check whether or not the system sees the drive and data on it.

The CD drive will give that error unless there is a bootable CD in it at startup when it is set as primary drive.

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Old 07-15-2011, 05:22 PM
 
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connect it as the "slave"
Dell's are Cable Select.
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:20 PM
 
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But the PC they put it in might not be...
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:45 PM
 
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But the PC they put it in might not be...
Its a Dell that uses a ribbon cable. He needs to disconnect the ribbon cable and connect the top connector into the cdrom drive only with the xp cd and see if it tries to boot. If it does its either a bad hard drive or the mbr needs to be formatted.

Also may be an error from the floppy drive. Go to the bios and shut it off. Also pull its cable from the mobo

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Old 07-15-2011, 10:00 PM
 
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Its a Dell that uses a ribbon cable. He needs to disconnect the ribbon cable and connect the top connector into the cdrom drive only with the xp cd and see if it tries to boot. If it does its either a bad hard drive or the mbr needs to be formatted.

Also may be an error from the floppy drive. Go to the bios and shut it off. Also pull its cable from the mobo
1, I'm talking about a second PC, not the one he's having the problem with. Depending on the age of the second PC it might require slave as a setting. I still have two computers that won't work with the drives set to cable select, and

2. No need to pull the cable, simply set the CD ROM to primary in the BIOS and put the bootable CD in. That assumes (!) there is no problem with the cable.

The OP has already said this: "When I first crank this computer up, it gave me the message "diskette drive 0 seek failure" so I went into bios and cut it off."

And: This person is working on a friends PC. We (he?) have no idea what that friend may have done to the computer before the OP showed up. All you techies know exactly what I mean.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:55 PM
 
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Since the mobo has PATA and SATA connectors, we don't know the configuration of this PC. So click on the link I sent and reset the CMOS per the directions . Its the manual for this PC.
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:02 AM
 
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Since the mobo has PATA and SATA connectors, we don't know the configuration of this PC. So click on the link I sent and reset the CMOS per the directions . Its the manual for this PC.
Good point. Resetting is an excellent first step. Reps if CD will let me.
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