Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65
You need more help than I can give but I would immediately start backing up your data files to an external hard drive or at least to dvd's just in case. Better safe than sorry! Hopefully someone with more knowledge of your problem will come along soon. Is this machine still under warranty?
Nothing important on it so that is fine.
Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji
A few clarifications required since I am wondering whether you used Seagate's SeaTools for DOS at all.
1. What is that SG Smart Test? Is there a program like that? Wherefrom did you download it?
2. You said you had deleted all partitions and did a clean install. Then what and wherefrom is that DOS from DELL?
3. What prompted you to update the firmware? I am just curious since no one will update the firmware unless there is a positive indication or recommendation that that particular model's firmware needs to be updated to remove any known bug/s. Can you just post the link from where you downloaded the firmware or any such recommendation?
I have an eye on that particular DELL AIO.. So naturally I am more curious.
If you hadn't run the manufacturer's SeaTools for DOS, do run it and check your HDD. In particular, I would recommend that you run the "Full Erase" in the Advanced features and then a clean install. SeaTools for DOS tutorial
In answer to mitchell65's post above:It appears to be a brand new machine so I do believe it is within warranty. Most probably the OP feels that he has voided the warranty with the clean install and firmware upgrade.
1. Downloaded it from SG. The SG windows software. There is a S.M.A.R.T. test in that. Also there is a firmware upgrade in that as well, so I just followed it. There was an important firmware update for the HD.
2. I get a message which looks like in DOS mode from dell saying Hard disk failure. Press F1 to continue, F2 to enter setup disk.
I've changed the HD with my previous desktop HD. WD Caviar black 2TB. Works well now. Unfortunately the machine is out of warranty.
Bought it Oct 2010.
This Dell AIO is basically a 23" WLED touchscreen with computer bits mounted at the back. It comes with a Media center remote, HDMI in, RGB in, some wireless transmitter for cable in and TV in. Speakers are ok as well.
I would not buy this AIO pc in future or any of the same design. I believe HP also makes this kind of AIO where the stuff are all mounted at the back. There is no cooling for the HD and I think that was one of the reason why the HD failed. It was housed in a metal casing and no cooling. There is cooling for the CPU. If you are planning to backup a lot of stuff, make sure the PC is in a cool room to help with the cooling. There is no mesh cutout at the HD and dell relies on holes at the top for air.
If you are in a AIO I suggest the Lenovo ideacentre A720 as that has a base where the computer stuff are kept and a LCD mounted. It also offers better viewing angles compared to the Dell which is limited with a stand. In fact I am seriously considering AIO pc for my next build as a AIO takes care of the PC bit, comes with a webcam, the LCD bit and takes care of the tv and also can handle games and become the steam box. The integrated graphics are ok enough for casual steam games.