|Tell us the what the operating system is !|
Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model of the mboard.
The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.
The specific model of a brand name system is often shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site and loading a program they have available, if Windows is still working, on the subject computer.
So far, it sounds like you have a brand name system, and everything you're seeing is generated by the mboard's bios. .
They sometimes have a line that displays while booting the computer that tells you to press a key if you want to run system restore, but that's built into the bios version. If the bios can't access the hard drive's data, pressing that key won't work
"2. a black screen pops up for 3 seconds saying stuff about drives, nothing helpful tho, it says press ctrl-i to change the settings for that stuff, again, tryed that, nothing works......"
Quote whatever it says.
It sounds like the bios is not finding a bootable partition on a hard drive.
If this is a laptop or netbook computer.....
Your problem can be caused by....
- you don't have the network boot option in the correct place in the Boot Order or similar settings in the bios Setup
- you DO have that set correctly but
- the bios is not detecting your hard drive at all
- or - the bios is detecting the hard drive but it's not finding that it's bootable (has an operating system installed on it)
Also - reasons why your hard drive may not be detected as bootable by the bios.
See Response 1:
If you have a desktop computer.....
similar to the above applies, except you may not have a network boot option.