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Drive reports incorrect toggle bit

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Working with a Dell D610 laptop.  After it boots to the windows desktop, with icons showing it throws a popup "Drive reports an incorrect toggle bit".

The only toggles on drives I have seen have been on desktop drives.. and these I believe are actually dip switches.  I pulled the laptop drive and there are no dip switches that I can see.

Anyone have any ideas what this message is referring to.

Addition info: no usb drives or devices attached.  No network connections.  This occurs during a standalone boot.

Thanks.
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by:noxcho
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I recommend you contacting Dell directly. This is unusual error message and could be best answered by Dell engineers.
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dlethe earned 500 total points
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run taskmgr, see what programs are running ... then click button to see what program closes.  Then at least you will have the name of the executable. With that info you should be able to figure out what directory it is in, and what the program belongs to, and who the author is.

My trick, is if you have access to a unix/linux machine is to cat filename | strings   (which looks for ascii text strings in the file. this will certainly tell you what the program does, who wrote it, and so on)
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by:nobus
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you can also run a diag on the drive -  it may report other problems
i believe you can run the diag from the function keys during boot; but if not, use this cd  : http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/      
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by:Tomster2
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I expanded my websearch.  Turns out this is an analysis tool for troubleshooting programmable controller interfaces .  None were connected at the time... so the machine threw the error.

Thanks for the suggestions.

Giving the points to dleathe as I used his suggestion to confirm what my websearch suggested.

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The suggestion assisted, but did not solve the issue on its own.
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