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I recently aquired an Inspiron 2650, the previous owner, I think, tried to replace the hard drive after the laptop wouldn't recognize the hard drive. However the hard drive that is in the laptop now isn't recognized by the Bios, the hard drive looks fine, my guess is that something came loose off the MOBO, can anyone help??

also I'm not sure if the drivers are loaded onto the hard drive
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post #2 of 16
look around the net for similar problems. The drive could of been tatoo'd. How big is the drive?
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Its a 40gb 4200rpm, tatoo'd?
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post #4 of 16
yeah - some of the factory built computer companys decide to tatoo their hard drives. I know HP used to do it - not sure about now. Tatoo'ing the harddisk adds a code the the MBR of the drive. The bios checks this 'tatoo' and compares it to its onboard one. If they match then its boot up time - if not then its not happenin'. I guess it was to stop consumers from upgrading it them selves or to stop them using it in either.

To retatoo a drive google the computer and add tatoo on the end. Hunt around and look for a program that will retatoo the drive to the Mobo's approval.
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post #5 of 16
can you not manually enter the harddrives info, cylinder heads n such?
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you could also try loading the latest bios. ***WARNING*** flashing the bios can be very dangerous and can render a computer useless if done incorrectly!! i take no responsibility if any damage is done to the computer system - do it at your own risk!

http://support.dell.com/support/down...1&fileid=52717
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post #7 of 16
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I tried serching for the tattoo, but all I came up with were some Spanish websites and a few tattoo parlors.

I want to keep the option of reloading the bios as an absolute last resort, I dunno it may be that the previous owner had two bad hard drives in a row, I can sometimes hear the hard drive making some noises but thats about it.
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post #8 of 16
have you got any other laptop hard drives? even if there only a few hundred meg. Try popping one of those in and see what happens.
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post #9 of 16
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This is the First laptop that I've ever had, that is why it was a cheap one( I don't have an extra hdd). I was looking through the bios yesterday and I noticed if I changed the options to the parallel ports, (turning them off, setting the default, or putting them to normal), that when I saved the changes, and reboot the laptop that the Hard drive would show up in the bios. So I tried loading Windows xp. When I tired this it always came up as HDD not detected, so I rebooted looked at the bios and under Hard drive it said none, once again I changed the parallel port settings it recognized it tired loading Windows and it would start all over again.
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post #10 of 16
it sounds like the laptops CMOS battery is on its way out. If it isnt holding settings. They can be replaced, but it means you have to take the laptop apart - this is harder than you think. If you got a new battery and changed it, did the whole bios\\paralell port thing and rebooted it will keep the bios data.
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