Have a Dell Dimension (though can't remember exact one think 5100)
OS - XP Home Edition.
My pc starts to boot up normally. When it happened, after the initial Dell sign on the monitor, it went blank with a flashing cursor on the top left. I went into set up and checked that everything was as it had left the factory. I had to switch one of the drives back on but it made no difference.
This is on screen now:
Drive 1 not found: Serial ATA, SATA-2
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run setup utility
Lights on front box: 1 2 and 3 are lit with 2 beeps
When I struck F1 there was a noise from the pc as if it was trying, then I tried F2 and nothing happened.
I can get into set up or boot up by the function keys only when the dell sign is on the monitor.
Have changed battery on motherboard (just in case)
When try to reboot a few times I get:
Alert! Previous attempts at booting this system have failed at checkpoint [WAKE]. For help in resoving this problem, please note this checkpoint and contact Dell Technical Support.
Any ideas what to do next? If I try to restore factory defaults- will this help me any?
Thanks for reading my post. Any help is definitely appreciated.