Please excuse my lack of proper spelling/naming of all technical information. I'm Learning greatly as I go.
Upon Boot-up, system would start normally, ending at the user login screen. When clicking on user, system would "load user settings" Blink to an "icon-less" desktop, then close user (saving user settings) and return to the user login screen. Every time.
No problem, nothing to lose on the HD. I'll just reformat/re-install windows. The original CD Rom/DVD drive had been broken for half a year. The unit itself was broken, the tray had been pulled out and gears were missing teeth, but it started up w/ windows all along. I replaced the CD Rom Drive with a BestBuy Dynex 16x/48x. To my dismay, The computer cannot find the cd rom drive. It has power, opens, closes, spins..just isn't being noticed. I attempted to install windows via the 6 disk download from Microsoft. Upon completion, the system could not locate a cd rom drive and ended. I Piggybacked the HD to another computer. Installed windows and booted up the 2nd computer with the 1st computers HD. Cool, put the HD back into the original computer and boot up.
The system starts up normally. However, After running the boot (system check) Running the Dell Logo, the system then goes to a blank screen with a curser in upper left corner. I have run Dell Diagnostic disks on it. It appears to pass all tests, however. It cannot load a cd rom driver as it cannot find the cd rom drive. I have recently learned thru these forums that DOS cannot see NTFS* filesystems. This is good because DOS cannot find my C drive. Another issue, when using the diag. disk I can get a command prompt. I can only access Drive A and Drive B..However. They are the same drive(??) drive A, my floppy drive. I do not know why I can change to drive B and get the same drive. The Dell Diagnostics Disk does see the Maxtor HD and reads the size correctly. It does not see the CD Rom Drive. (when looking for ide/atapi* hardware)
Did I Install Windows incorrectly by allowing it to configure to the 2nd computer, rather than the original?
Can I Install Windows without the use of a CD Rom? (beyond the bootdisks)
Is there any way to force the drive into the computer? (as in reading the drive..not via use of a hammer)
Can I manually add the Drive in the Bios, or alike (dont fully understand "flashing"..if usable in this instance)
I figure the fact that I do get a partial boot and the floppy works fine..maybe there is still hope..It's just a 2nd comp for the kids but I don't need another "nickle & dime" Hobby lol.
Any Information will be greatly Appreciated.