Having problems with your Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop ?

My dell 6400i won't boot

\015 Ok. originally all i was trying to do, was install a new copy of vista onto this machine. it had a limited copy of vista which went into "u gotta activate me now" mode. from what i understand it is better to do a fresh install of vista on the hard drive rather than just upgrade. saved files to an external hard drive, then attempted to install from the dvd drive 3x. got all the way to 80,95,and100 percent before the install would crash. I opened the computer up and found it to be fairly dirty inside. My best guess that the dvd drive was either bad or just dirty. I cleaned inside the computer carfully. using only qtips and clean rags. I disconnected both the cd and dvd drives, the 3 ram( 2orig 128, and a new 1g), removed the hard drive, and the processor, taking care not to knock any of the lint/dirt into any of the connections, cables, etc. Then, i put everything back as it had been. So i thought anyway, but now the hard drive wont try to read. The boot order menu, bios, etc dont come up on the monitor. It seems completely dead with the exception of a small green led on the mother board beside where the on/reset button plugs into the board. If anyone actually reads all this and has any suggestions for me, I would greatly appreciate it!\015

Answers :

Yes I read it and I've seen it. When you connect your hard drive back into the controller socket on the motherboard there is a pin 1, that must match up with pin 1 on the slot. The pin is normally a different color..if you don't put it back with matching pin 1's then it will not work, it'll act dead. So double check your plug in from the hard drive back to the motherboard. If you have any questions let me know..please rate this solution.
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