Dell 8600 issue
Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:55 AM
Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:43 AM
Well it does indeed sound like the mobo on the Dell box is down the toilet with not finding the HDD in the bios menu which could also be suggestive of a dead HDD but on this occasion I think not.
You have attached it to your desktop via an enclosure and found the files on the original drive because in such a position it would not be regarded as a primary boot drive.
The new HDD won't work in the Dell because, as I have said, and you also, is because the mobo is faulty.
The cost of replacing the mobo in the Dell would be more than a new laptop in terms of time and effort to do so.
I can't quite see where Xperia fits into this issue though.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 09:26 AM
Posted 09 May 2013 - 09:37 AM
A person can never have too many HDD's as either storage for personal stuff or backups.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 05:36 PM
Remove power connector
Remove all memory
Remove hard drive
Remove wirelsss card
Remove modem if it has one
These are all easily accessible.
Press and hold the power switch for 10 seconds.
Install memory and hard drive, nothing else.
Connect power and power up. See if the HD shows in BIOS Setup.
Even better would be to remove the CMOS (Coin Cell / Reserve) battery but it takes a lot more work. The Service Manual says:
Removing the Reserve Battery
1. Follow the instructions in "Preparing to Work Inside the Computer."
2. Remove the keyboard assembly.
3. Remove the hinge cover.
4. Remove the display assembly.
5. Remove the palm rest assembly.
6. On the underside of the palm rest, disconnect the flex cable from the ZIF connector.
7. Remove the two M2.5 x 4-mm screws securing the palm rest bracket.
8. While supporting the flex cable, lift out the palm rest bracket and turn it over.
9. Disconnect the reserve battery cable.
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