Dell startup error: No bootable Devices

January 19, 2010 at 12:53:00
Specs: windows 98 windows 2000
Im having trouble helping my uncle fix his computer...Whenever I start it up a white screen comes up asking for hard disk password. I am able to get past the password part and then it comes to a black screen that says Primary hard disk drive 0 not found. No bootable devices-- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility...only the F2 option works. I get brought to another screen which has 7 pages and different configurations you can change but i am not sure how to get it to start properly ...the title of the screen says Dell latitude CPx J650FT Setup BIOS Versions: A16.

anyone know what im suppose to do from here?!?!?!?!


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#1
January 19, 2010 at 13:37:12
... ask the "man from uncle" for hard disk password

... then type in the password


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#2
January 19, 2010 at 13:40:28
i have the password but im not sure what to do afterwards....

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#3
January 19, 2010 at 13:44:08
... [press enter]

... see what happens

... if you're stuck in the bios look for "default" settings save on exit


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#4
January 19, 2010 at 13:45:38
In in the BIOS screen with the seven pages...i dont know what to do from here

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#5
January 19, 2010 at 13:46:07
1. Enter the password..........

2. Press ENTER / OK / Continue.....

Google is your friend

www.google.com

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Keyboard not present,press F1 to continue...


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#6
January 19, 2010 at 13:49:52
There is nowhere to enter the password on the bios...there is a option to change the password and i have already done that several times but still when i restart it it says " Primary hard disk drive 0 not found. No bootable devices-- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility.." the F1 doesnt work....and F2 gets me back to the same BIOS screen

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#7
January 19, 2010 at 13:51:27
oh btw i cant find an option on the seven pages to set for the default settings

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#8
January 19, 2010 at 14:01:11
"...white screen comes up asking for hard disk password..."

... so your above statement is for the harddrive or the bios?

... he might of installed some harddrive security going along with the first thought!

... what does "uncle" say?

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#9
January 19, 2010 at 14:09:51
the white screen asked for passwords which i put in and it brought me to a black screen with light blue writting which im assuming is the bios screen? The title of the screen says "dell latitude Cpx J65OGT Setup BIOS Version: A 16" My uncle says he was online and a pop said he had a virus and to download the virus protection advertised and he tried to download it and in the process something went wrong and it wont start properly.

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#10
January 19, 2010 at 14:14:47
... which "os" is on the drive? your spec says " windows 98 + windows 2000"

... is it a dual boot config?


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#11
January 19, 2010 at 14:16:54
Im assuming it is by the sticker on the laptop....it says intel pentum !!! Mircosoft Windows 200 Perfessional Windows NT WorkStation 4.0. Windows 98

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#12
January 19, 2010 at 14:20:23
... jee whizz now its a laptop!

... ask uncle it would be handy to know


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#13
January 19, 2010 at 14:23:39
this is the computer from the DELL webside
http://search.dell.com/results.aspx...

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#14
January 19, 2010 at 14:26:27
... whats the Service Tag?


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#15
January 19, 2010 at 14:30:54
it is 7KXUD

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#16
January 19, 2010 at 14:36:32
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/ind... this is a picture of the screen that pops up

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#17
January 19, 2010 at 14:45:42
... it say's log on to myspace to continue ( no account)... no thx

... when was the cmos (watch type) battery changed last?


... they last 5 years max!


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#18
January 19, 2010 at 14:48:29
not sure , it is the one that came with the computer lol. The computer only starts when the charger is plugged in

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#19
January 19, 2010 at 14:52:46
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c... is the pic on photobucket. Its the screen that im at

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#20
January 19, 2010 at 14:58:36
... the battery is like I said "watch" type single cell and if its "naff" whatever you type in the bios wo'nt make any difference as the battery powers the bios!


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#21
January 19, 2010 at 15:04:14
so it may be just the battery? cuz i notice when i unplug the charger the computer turns off

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#22
January 19, 2010 at 15:08:36
... well its not the main battery it should be an itzzy bitzzy teeny weeny one ....

... remove bits and find it maybe under main battery(?) ... under ram chip(?) could be under the keyboard if you're lucky

... anyway might aswell start with the cmos battery!

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.......ps... it could be in an array of single cell batteries (...has doubts)

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#23
January 19, 2010 at 15:14:03
well thank you for all your help ill try to find the itsy bitsy teeny weeny one lol

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#24
January 19, 2010 at 15:20:10
... could be like this

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#25
January 19, 2010 at 15:37:52
I don't think it is the battery. Set the time and then power down the system and remove main battery. If the time stays correct then it may or may not be the IBTW battery. The saved password suggests to me it is OK.

"Primary hard disk drive 0 not found. No bootable devices--"

I think you need to boot to a bootable device that is known working. I'd set bios to boot to CD and try any CD that is known to boot. Like an XP cd or Linux Live Cd.

If you have the battery you might as well put it in though. Not only do they go bad they go sort of bad sometimes.

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#26
January 19, 2010 at 16:41:33
"My uncle says he was online and a pop said he had a virus and to download the virus protection advertised and he tried to download it and in the process something went wrong and it wont start properly."
Even if you were to get it to boot, you are likely infected. If there are no important files on the drive, get the restore cds that came with it and use them

larry


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#27
January 19, 2010 at 17:18:26
Sounds like the hard drive has lost its boot sector.....or its partition.....or the hd is not connected or toast.

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#28
January 19, 2010 at 17:18:51
I don't see how the bios can ask for a hard drive password and not be able to find the hard drive. I thought that kind of password was written to the drive and not cmos.

Well anyway, if the bios can't find the hard drive then either the drive is bad, the drive has a bad connection or the IDE controller is disabled in cmos/bios setup. I'm not sure which cmos page that would be on. You'll just have to look through it all.

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#29
January 19, 2010 at 17:21:06
Oh, and when a popup tells you to download something to fix a virus, that popup IS the virus.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#30
January 19, 2010 at 17:51:17
I think there are two things on this thread. One has nothing to do with the OP. Unless larry and wet are the same person.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#31
January 19, 2010 at 19:09:40
I think larry was responding to wet's # 9.

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#32
January 20, 2010 at 12:39:19
Oh!
I gets it now.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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