Having problems with your Dell Dimension E521 PC Desktop ?

I turn the computer on. It goes to memory check

\015 I turn the computer on. It goes to memory check then one other data screen. After that, the screen blanks. I also cannot boot it in safe mode or any other. I can select an option and it goes to the Partition select (there's only one for Window's XP Home Edition). When I select that, it freezez at that point. It will also not boot up on CD even with changing the boot sequence in the bios. I then thought it might be the hard drive. I changed it out with a known working drive and it still does the same thing. Any thoughts?\015

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HI,
The best option here would be remove to all the memory(RAM) from the computer and put one stick of memory and turn the system on. Also put the orginal harddrive in the system. Check if the system boots . If it does , put the other memory cards in.

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My first thought is that this is a RAID level 1 machine with only one hard drive. This is a very popular configuration. This makes it a little harder to work with the hard drive. You will need your original drivers i.e. RAID, to do anything with the hard drive or operating system. You'll need to download the SATA driver that corresponds to your hard drive. Once done that driver needs to be installed on a CD or a floppy disk (if that's installed). Now when you boot from the Windows CD very early on it asks to press F6 to install additional drivers. At this point once F6 is pressed you'll put in your new driver CD or floppy. Now the system and Windows should recognize your hard drive and you can move on from there. Good luck
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