can i fix emachine 1200 myself

November 10, 2016 at 07:02:21
Specs: Windows 7
e machine 1200 model Power went out and computer shows no signal and then on screen shows f2 Bios and f10 reboot have tried a few commands but it comes back on screen boot failure insert disk hit enter i have no disk ?????

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#1
November 10, 2016 at 07:37:05
Sounds like the hard drive has gone bad or a cable has worked loose. Are you comfortable opening the case and checking the cables? Is the system still under Warranty?

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#2
November 10, 2016 at 07:59:37
What do you mean when you say "Power went out" ?

Do you mean the power indicator light on the case went out?

Do you mean that the power at the wall outlet went out while
the computer was running, so the computer stopped, and after
the power came back on, the computer would no longer boot?

Or what?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
November 10, 2016 at 08:04:01
Complete model number would help. Probably an eMachines El 1200-??? which is about 8 years old. Certainly sounds like the hard drive has failed. Hopefully you have backups of your important files.


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#4
November 10, 2016 at 08:28:09
power went out in house when i was gone,clocks were flashing etc.This unit is about 4 years old

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#5
November 10, 2016 at 08:50:41
Ah, that helps! What state was the computer in when the
power went out? Sleep? Hibernation? Off? On?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#6
November 10, 2016 at 08:59:41
unfortunately it was on

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#7
November 10, 2016 at 09:17:48
Your operating system is Windows 7, right?

It has been almost a year since I last used my Win 7 computer,
and it is no longer available to me. My guess is that someone
else here can guide you to fixing the problem fairly easily.
Something on the hard drive probably got messed up, and it
is likely that you do not have any hardware damage and didn't
lose any data except possibly whatever you might have been
working on in any program you'd left open at the time of the
power outage.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#8
November 10, 2016 at 09:41:01
Press F2 to enter the BIOS, then check to see if the hard drive is being properly recognized. Let us know what you find.

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#9
November 11, 2016 at 03:15:14
Hi Beck, try starting the machine and continually tapping the F8 key.

This may get you into Safe Mode.

If it does, run a few simple things, then restart.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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#10
November 11, 2016 at 04:51:36
F8 key may also get you the options:
Last Good Configuration
System Restore
Safe Mode
etc.
The first two will rebuild the boot manager and will solve your problem if you have those options.
Another good way to do this is using your Windows 7 Repair Disk, booting to it, and choosing Start Up Repair from the repair options. If you made one of these as recommended you are set, if you did not make one when the machine was new, you can still make one on any working Windows 7 machine as long as both machines are either 32bit or both 64bit and use that. Also you can do this repair with a Windows 7 install disk if you or a friend has one of these.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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