Having problems with your Dell Dimension 4300 PC Desktop ?

My computer won't start up or get passed the boot up stage

\015 Whenever i try to turn on my computer it gets passed the little bar process but it won't load the users screen. instead i get a black screen that says strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility. I need to get onto this computer soon.\015

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If its the screen I am thinking, it may be because it cannot detect the Hard Driive, so no windows files to load.
\015\012- Reboot
\015\012- Enter the BIOS menu (usually F1, but think F2 on Dell;s)
\015\012- Click on the summary page, under IDE or HD can you see a label with a size e.g. HD1 800000 or does it say none - you can also see other devices from the suammry such as CD ROM ..etc Can you see all thse correctly?
\015\012- If not seeing the Hard drive you will need to remove the PC cover and check the IDE/SATA connectors are firmly in, in your harddrive and the other end to the mother board (could of come loose). If they are, there are still more things that can be don - but let us know if this is what you are experiencing first.
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