I have a dell c600 that should have windows xp on it. I wanted to obtain more information on the exact parts, so I took out and directly replaced the:
cd rom drive;
cover to the ram;
and also cpu.
In hindsight, this was probably very stupid, but I ran into no problems doing it. Now I am wondering if I fried everything. Is it possible to tell?
So, now when I turn it on, I get "no bootable device, strike f1 to retry reboot,f2 for setup utility". I was hoping that this just mean that I had to reset the bios, so...
I hit f2 (which I believe directs me into the bios?) and so then I try and reset the bios by turning on caps lock, numb lock, and scroll lock. Then I press alt f, alt e, alt b. But this doesn't do anything.
I have tried just reinstalling xp, but then I get the error message" attmepting to load an x64 operating system, however this cpu is not compatible with x64 mode. Please install a 32 bit x86 operating system".
Also, my c600 use to work fine, but when I brought it back for the school year, I couldn't obtain any internet on it. I have tried wired and wireless. So I brought it to the computer help store, and they said that the internet card was never connected to the cpu. I don't understand how I got internet on it for over a year then?
He recommended getting a pcmcia card, which I have, but now I can't even get the computer to run xp anymore. So, I was also just wondering if anyone has heard of dell just adding, but not physically connecting the network card to the main board. Thanks.