Dell 4600 won't boot

By CTPhil
Oct 5, 2007
  1. Hi, I'm new, this is my first post.

    I replaced the motherboard on my 4600, but can't get past the Dell startup screen. It just goes to a blank screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left corner. Putting an XP install disc in the drive doesn't do anything. Setup sees my HDD. I've removed all but one stick of RAM.

    I've tried changing the battery and PSU. The diagnostic codes on the board are all green like they're supposed to be.

    I'm out of ideas, can anyone help? Thank you.
  2. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Guru Posts: 363

    Find ot what Hard Drive is in it, and download the Diagnostic from the manufacturer - you can make a booable floppy or CD.

    Obviously, you have to set it to boot from Floppy or CD 1st - which is probably why your install CD isn't working.
  3. CTPhil

    CTPhil TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the reply. I've tried every boot order, it doesn't make a difference.
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