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Diskette drive 0 seek failure on Dell Dimension E521

Hello, I recently added more memory to my Dell Dimension E521. It ran fine until yesterday. I am getting a black screen with a "Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure" code. I am able to get into BIOS. I tried changing the boot sequence but BIOS states that none of the drives are present and for some unknown reason the Onboard Floppy Drive is appearing at the top of the boot sequence list. I tried reinstalling the XP OS but I get an error code that says Windows has been shut down and to check a number of things including caching, shadowing, video card, etc. I cannot get into SAFE MODE either.
At one point, today, I was not able to get passed the black Dell screen. I removed the new memory cards which enabled me to boot to CD and get into BIOS.
Your expertise would be greatly appreciated!

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Rob HutchinsonDesktop SupportCommented:
What happens if you put the old memory back, and then go into the bios loading the defaults?

While in the bios, check the boot order, and move the floppy to the bottom or disable it. You should make sure the boot hard drive is either first, or after the CD/DVD drive.

When you are changing the memory, while the case is open, double-check all the drive connections( with the power off and the power supply either switched off or disc from the power cable).

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johnb6767Commented:
Almost sounds like something got shorted while you were in there. Remove the CMOS battery foir about 20 minutes, and then reinsert it, which will gauruntee a good reset.
Also, might check to see if there is a BIOS update available for this model. Go to http://support.dell.com, and enter your service tag, and it should be easy enough to find....
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chubbyluvAuthor Commented:
Hello, I replaced the battery today. It was out of the computer for a good hour before I replaced it. It didn't seem to help. I do not have an onboard or external floppy drive so one solution I came across in another forum will be of no help. How can I update my BIOS if my CD drive only runs the OS CD?
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chubbyluvAuthor Commented:
I replaced the old memory as suggested and there is no change. Black screen reads
Boot from CD:
No Boot device detected, insert system disk and press F1 to continue or press F2 to
 set up menu
I have tried many times to load the XP OS but it's no use. I keep getting the same error code I mentioned before. I don't have a floppy drive.
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dbruntonCommented:
Looks bad.

I would borrow a CD drive known to work.

I would disconnect all drives in your machine and connect this CD drive in and see what it does.

If it can't recognize the CD drive then your motherboard is probably history.
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chubbyluvAuthor Commented:
My CD drive is working. BIOS lists it and all other drives as (not present). However, when I put the windows XP CD in it recognizes it and runs it up to a point. I cannot do a repair or full reinstall. So what your telling me is that my mother board is not recognizing the drives because it is fried and there is no other possible solution except to either buy a new computer or replace the mother board?
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dbruntonCommented:
Swap the CD drive over to the other cable that the hard drives are on and see what that does.

It could be something as simple as bad cable to the hard drives.  Or bad connection at the drives or motherboard.

If there is no way of getting it to recognize your hard drives (and I would also test them in another machine to check that they are working) then, yes, your motherboard is probably fried.
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nobusCommented:
download ubcd, and run ram and disk tests, to check the status of your devices :
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

then we can proceed
also list what you have connected to the motherboard (disks, cddrives)
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Rob HutchinsonDesktop SupportCommented:
You can also try, since you have a Dell, pressing F12 on boot, and chose diagnostics running the Dell diag on the mobo/mem etc.
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chubbyluvAuthor Commented:
I have done the diagnostics and everything appears to check out okay. I replaced the power supply, 3v battery, changed BIOS. The only thing I haven't tried is the UC boot CD. Can't seem to get my computer to boot from CD using this disk. I think I have to accept that my motherboard is fried and move on to a solution. Can you suggest an inexpensive mobo upgrade + processor for my DEll Dimension E521?
I have already upgraded the Power Supply from 305w to 430w.
Thanks
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nobusCommented:
you downloaded the iso file, and burned it as an iso to the cd? if not, it won't work
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