Inspiron 8100 Not recognisin Drives

By rojanu ยท 4 replies
Jan 23, 2006
  1. I have an Inspiron 8100 on pressing power button nothing happens for some time and the I get
    Press Fn-X to return the system to normal running mode​
    Primary hard disk drive not found
    Fixed optical drive not found
    No bootable devices- - Strike F1 to try reboot, F2 for setup utility​
    Any ideas!!

  2. danimur

    danimur TS Member Posts: 25


    Is the HDD of yours good?
    When you try to boot does the HDD working?
    If not try the following:

    1.Change the HDD (with a OS on it) with one that you know for sure is working
    2. Enable the Auto recognition of the drive in Bios setup.
    3. Boot again

    Then tell us what is happening.

    Good luck
  3. rojanu

    rojanu TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I thought of that checked the HDD on another computer and it is working fine. I think some one tried to recover the bios password and corrupted the bios.

    I have tried to install a bios with FDD but it does not boot from a Floppy for some reason
  4. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    forst check to make sure that the bios is set up with the floppy as first boot device. if that doesnt work try replacing the floppy. on my Dell I had to replace the floppy about every six months for some reason they kept going bad.
  5. danimur

    danimur TS Member Posts: 25


    If you rey to install another BIOS be careful and obtain all the information you can about your version of BIOS and motherboard type.

    Search if you can't load your BIOS from a CD-ROM is faster.

    Good luck to you
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