cardbus nic boot failed no bootable devices

Dell Inspiron 1720 (intel pentium dual...
October 4, 2009 at 14:41:28
Specs: Windows XP
I replaced my hard drive 2 months ago with the same error message "cardbus nic boot failed no bootable devices". A

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October 4, 2009 at 14:44:26
have you already started a thread?
check to see if it is setup in the bios for hdd boot first?
not sure what uve been thru so far

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October 4, 2009 at 15:00:52
"cardbus nic boot failed"
nic = Network Inteface Card - a network adapter

That's got nothing to do with your hard drive.

Most people don't boot from a network adapter, but lots of laptop bioses have that option available.

For some devices listed in the boot order in the bios Setup, the bios will not try the next device in the list if a device is not bootable.

Go into your bios Setup, find the boot order settings, and either remove the NIC or network adapter listing from the list. or move it so it's after (below) the hard drive.

If you have no floppy drive, the boot order should list a CD or optical drive before (above) a hard drive. In some bioses you can list removable devices (e.g. a bootable USB flash drive) or similar before the CD or optical drive if you wish.

The key you press to get into the bios Setup is usually shown on the screen while booting. If it's not, read the Owner's or User's manual for your specific model.

If the boot order has the NIC or network adapter after the hard drive, that may be an indication the hard drive has failed, or that there's something else wrong with or on the laptop that prevents it from detecting the hard drive. .

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

(thanks to Dan Penny for this link:)
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibilty, on another computer if you need to.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

If the diagnostics don't find the hard drive, either the drive has failed, or there's something else wrong with or on the laptop that prevents it from detecting the hard drive.
It's probably the former, but the only way you can tell for sure is to remove the hard drive and test it when it's connected to something else - either by installing it in an external drive enclosure, or by using an adapter to connect it to a desktop computer internally.
(You could install it in another laptop, but if the mboard of the other laptop has hardware that is more than a little different, the operating system will not load all the way.)

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October 4, 2009 at 15:57:45
The floppy drive was first but there is no Floppy. I put the internal first, then the CD, the nic is last. So far, so good!

Thank you!

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October 4, 2009 at 19:34:27
We're glad to hear you solved your problem.

"I put the internal first, then the CD, the nic is last. So far, so good!"

The CD drive should be before (above) the internal hard drive .

Booting from a bootable CD or DVD is usually optional, unless it's an operating system CD and the hard drive has no operating system on it or has no data, or unless it's certain Recovery CDs or DVDs.

Optionally, the floppy drive can be first (at the top)

Some bioses have a removable drive selection. That can be first (at the top), a floppy drive optionally second, CD drive next, internal harddrive next, nic.

If you can't remove the nic listing, place it after the hard drive

Most modern bioses still list a floppy drive.
A USB floppy drive can be connected to a laptop that has no built in floppy drive.
Most recent and new desktop mboards still have a floppy data cable header and support connecting a floppy drive, despite the fact many recent cases have no floppy drive or any place to install one.
Even if you don't normally use a floppy drive, it can come in very handy when you have a serious problem you need to fix.

If you do use a floppy drive, in most bioses it must be listed first before a CD or optical drive, because if it's listed after a CD or optical drive, usually the bios will not recognize a bootable floppy in the drive as being bootable.

It does no harm to leave it listed first even if you don't have one.

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