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jchunk

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Hey everyone! Im on a dell dimension e521 Athlon w/bios 1.1.6 (award?)with one pci slot populated for NIC. s the bios cannot see the sata hard drive. I reset to factory settings twice, changed Boot order and ran install disk (XP)flashed cmos, checked connection and pins, disabled raid (not using raid)and still bios cannot see Hard drive to boot. Specific error " no boot sector found" Setup for install disk stops when it needs to access hd as it cannot locate drive. Than i got a fail diskette read 0 which i am assuming is related to the battery as i do not have a floppy drive. Thank you for taking the time to read this you all are awesome!!! :thumbsup: :help:
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To get the floppy question out of the way first all you need to do is disable the floppy drive in the bios mate even though the machine physically does not have a floppy drive.

It's just a quirky Dell thing.

Did you try doing the install of XP using XP SP3 as only Service Pack 3 contains sata drivers.
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Hey thanks for responding. Yeah it's sp3. I don't even get a noticeable start up spin when powered on. The hd is right by a cooling system w/ fan but I should hear it right? Maybe it just DIED? :confused:
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