Upon boot, the Dell logo displays, the loader indicator gets almost to the end, and then it says:
Primary hard disk drive not found
Fixed optical drive not found
No bootable devices -- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility
This happened out of the blue. One minute it was working fine, the next minute it said it was doing a data dump and shut down.
Now when I turn it on it gives me the above error message. When I press F2 for the setup utility, the BIOS also says there is no hard drive and no optical drive.
I have removed and reseated the hard drive several times. The computer still reports no hard drive.
I tried booting from a floppy to try repairing or reinstalling Windows 2000 and the Windows setup program could not find the hard drive.
The hard drive is not dead. I can access it and read the files with no problem when I remove it from the Latitude and connect it to a different computer.
What can I do to get the Dell Latitude to remember or recognize it really does have a hard drive and an optical drive installed?