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Windows 7: filling a totally empty DELL T3400

18 Feb 2013   #11
vangogh

 
 

I've done all I can think of - opening error lights and beeps indicate "possible BIOS error" and "RAM error". I ran onboard diagnostics (a LONG test) and MS Memtest and all was well. BIOS still a question. Cannot change boot sequence, not even get into the right pane in setup. Cannot figure out how to run BIOS flash without an OS running, and the OS cannot be installed (nothing will boot from the DVD) as long as the new, uninstalled SSD is attached. Black screens. I will put it in a corner until something comes to mind....

Thanks anyway, everyone.


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18 Feb 2013   #12
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Hi Vangogh,

Take a look at this link [SOLVED] HOWTO: BIOS Upgrade on DELL Computers WITHOUT a WINDOWS Install - Ubuntu Forums it will show you how to flash the BIOS without an OS installed
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18 Feb 2013   #13
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roy69 View Post
I would always advise 64bit, just because of the upgrade path.
The max amount of memory for this system is 8GB 800Mhz DDR2
Intel X38 Express Chipset/ICH9R
Processors avail
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processors
Intel Core 2 Quad processors
Intel Core 2 Extreme processors

It looks like SATA 1 but here is the manual so you can check for yourself
http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...n/ug/ug_en.pdf
You can problably install a SATA III controller into a PCI slot...
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19 Feb 2013   #14
vangogh

 
 
New approach - ???

Back to the problem... in spells... I'm thinking of trying to intialize the SSD in my other comp - Intel mobo DQ35JO with Core2 Duo, XP, 4G RAM...

Will wait to see if anyone says "NO don't do that!"

Thanks

Don G.
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19 Feb 2013   #15
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Usually the Windows installer will creat a small partition that contains the boot information. If you initialize he drive on a different computer, the installer will have to move the boot information to the main partition.

I'm pretty sure this don't affect the system enough to be noticeable. I like to have the partition, but there are a few people that go out of their way to remove that partition, usually so they can have three more useful partitions.
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27 Mar 2013   #16
vangogh

 
 
Solved with some good hands-on help...

A friend who is really savvy came by to help (after I got out of bed with a two-week cold) and in a two-hour session got it up and running.

Thanks also to this post:

How to install an Intel 320 SSD in a Dell Precision workstation? - Desktop General Hardware Forum - Desktop - Dell Community

Really helpful - much thanks to all.
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21 Jun 2014   #17
Garfinkle

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sorry for bumping this old thread, but I too just inherited one of these, but it came with XP on it and I want to put W7/64 on it & increase the memory to 8 gig and stick a 256 gb SSD in it that I already have. However, the Dell site above won't let me downlod the files.... it wants to install them for me which I don't want it to do since it's not up & running yet. I'd like to simply get all the necessary driver files and burn them to a cd so I have them when needed. The Dell site doesn't allow this. Where else can I get what I need (preferably free)?
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06 Jul 2014   #18
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Garfinkle View Post
Sorry for bumping this old thread, but I too just inherited one of these, but it came with XP on it and I want to put W7/64 on it & increase the memory to 8 gig and stick a 256 gb SSD in it that I already have. However, the Dell site above won't let me downlod the files.... it wants to install them for me which I don't want it to do since it's not up & running yet. I'd like to simply get all the necessary driver files and burn them to a cd so I have them when needed. The Dell site doesn't allow this. Where else can I get what I need (preferably free)?
Hi Garfinkle and welcome to Seven Forums. You can install Windows 7 on the T3400 and then go to Dell's website to update the drivers if Windows 7 updates don't offer them. The computer works very well on 7 with the default drivers on the 7 DVD.

Product Support | Dell US

I have one of these machine and I like it a lot.
Good Luck.
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