Having problems with your Dell OptiPlex GX260 PC Desktop ?

Computer not reading the hard drives or cd rom drives

\015 I recently acquired a gateway tower which had 2 hard drives, a cd rom drive, a cd burner, and a floppy drive. on first bootup it went to windows, but with some problems. it would restart unexpectedly after a few minutes. i then tried to run a windows disk to rewrite the windows on it, but when i booted the computer it then gave me a message saying it wasnt reading the hd or cd rom -_-! any suggestions?\015

Answers :

You first need to make sure that inside, the hard drives and cd roms' connectors are all firmly seated.

When you first turn on your PC, you can normally enter the BIOS mode, (before windows) by pressing the del key or f2 key. Once there you can make sure that the drives are being recognized. If they are, you would need to go to the boot section and enable hard drives and cdroms.

If they are not recognized,
Old IDE hard-drives (the ones with lots of pins on the back) (newer ones are called SATA and have plastic connectors) .. Old ide hard drives had a special jumper (little plastic rectangle on two pins) to indicate if it would run as a master or a slave drive. So your two drives should be connected accordingly.

If all the above sounds too complicated you would need to contact a friend savvy in the area.
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