Major Issue with 8400

Discussion in 'Dell' started by llamaPie, Jan 26, 2005.

  1. llamaPie

    llamaPie Guest

    Here's the story. I have tried everything in my right mind the last
    weeks to get this thing working.

    One day window's stopped booting (XP Pro) and even when I went t
    system repair I got blue screened when it was installing the Hardware
    So in turn I formatted using a Win98 boot disk. From there I managed t
    get the Win98 install going but when I tried upgrading to XP it kep
    crashing on the install and saying it could not find a harddrive. Now-
    I checked a few things. The computer came with a diagnostic tool kit an
    I ran the whole thing and no hardware issues were detected. From there
    found an SATA driver that I managed to get onto a floppy for thi
    particular problem. I loaded the driver up and XP still could not fin
    the HD. I'm about to try installing Mepis Linux on here and hope I hav
    better luck without the scourge of all OS's.

    Dell Dimension 8400
    3.0GHz P4
    2GB DDR2 533MHz

    80GB SATA HD 7200 RPM Samsun
    llamaPie, Jan 26, 2005
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    jerry Guest

    have you tested the integrity of the drive with the manufacturers test
    jerry, Jan 27, 2005
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    ricardo Guest

    Have you got the SATA cable connected to SATA 0 connection on the
    motherboard. Once that is done get into the BIOS and make sure the
    settings for the DISK DRIVES is set to SATA 0. Also make sure you have
    set in the IDE/DRIVE selection in the BIOS is set to AHCI.
    ricardo, Jan 29, 2005
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    Ben Myers Guest

    One more thing. Forget using Windows 98, which won't properly support more than
    512MB, in addition to the absence of SATA drivers... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, Jan 29, 2005
  5. llamaPie

    Ben Myers Guest

    In many ways, SATA is still bleeding edge technology. With the latest XP Pro
    even with SP2, you have to load the SATA drivers from separate media.
    (Micro$oft service packs generally don't ADD device drivers, only patch up some
    more glaring security and reliability holes.) I don't think that Windows 98
    drivers will ever exist for SATA. And I think you would need to be careful in
    choosing a Linux distro with SATA support.

    I would consider running MEMTEST-86 to do a thorough memory diagnostic test and
    Samsung's hard disk diagnostics to make sure the drive is OK... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, Jan 29, 2005
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