Somebody gave us this computer. Dell Precision 410. (1999-2000 vintage)
It had two drives in it, one hooked up, the other just sitting in the slot in the case. One is 9G SCSI (original-hooked up), the other is 20G EIDE. We were having trouble getting it to start. (not boot) Message: DRIVE 0 NOT FOUND; PROCESSOR OR TERMINATION CARD NOT INSTALLED We diagnosed it and switched the processor card (SECC) and terminator cards in the slots, (able to run dual processors) and at least got to the BIOS screen, finally. But it will not recognize either harddrive. I dug out 4 old drives for testing, and it won't recognize those, either. (They ALL spin up.) We moved them around to different plugs, tried one, then the other, tried jumpers, disconnected the CD-ROM, checked cable/mobo connections, fooled around with the BIOS settings, etc. Still DRIVE 0 NOT FOUND.
It's been sitting for a while, and the battery is toast, so everytime it has power put to it after sitting for more than 10 minutes, the BIOS is reset, I assume to defaults. The BIOS is very primitive. Whenever I research on the net and I read suggesting a setting to recognize the drive, I go to try it, the BIOS doesn't even have it.
Also, I cannot get to a DOS prompt. After the DRIVE 0 NOT FOUND it goes either to a "system halted" or "run system config and press F? to continue". I press the function button, and the message just repeats. And repeats. And repeats.
It has some sort of SCSI (BIOS-like) utility that shows the adapter at #7 out of 16 (?) I believe. (I don't really fully understand SCSI, myself.) If the drive is hooked to the cable, it shows the host adapter, and nothing else.
The BIOS cannot be flashed if I can only get into BIOS and no further, correct? (I've only done it once before, YEARS ago.) The only thing I can guess is that the motherboard is bad. The odds of BOTH IDE AND SCSI cables and/or 6 harddrives being bad at the same time, I would think is statistically pretty low.
Any ideas? Did I miss anything? I'm the software person in the family, not the hardware person, and the hardware person doesn't feel like fooling with it when the going gets tough, so I'm trying it out as an opportunity to learn. I was hoping to set it up and give this to a friend in need to surf the net, but if it ends up as parts, it'll have to do.
It IS really cool, though. The video card is as big as a keyboard!
Thanks for any help you can provide! It's late here, I'll check back in the morning!