No Operating System Detected

December 12, 2006 at 22:52:47
Specs: XP Home edition, x86 family 6 model 8 step
My gf's computer has been unusable for some time now. When booted all I get is a dos like screen saying that no operating system can be found. Under the BIOS i find that it actually says there is 0 HD. How can a computer go from being fine one day, to having no HD and not being able to locate an OS the next. Once out of about every 200 boots it will actually boot normally so I get the feeling some kind of cable or hardware issue is at hand. Please, if you have any advice help us out! It's a Japanese made notbook btw.


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#1
December 13, 2006 at 01:04:19
Without a hard drive being detected you will not get far. It is quite likely the ide connector in the laptop is faulty, really a specialist repair to take apart a laptop....

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#2
December 13, 2006 at 01:06:19
"it actually says there is 0 HD."

Actually?

Engineers start counting at zero instead of one... so 'HD 0' is the first (or only) hard drive

If it wasn't detecting the hard drive, then you'd probably get a message saying that instead.

Are the settings in the BIOS correct for this drive? Is the system clock losing time?

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter


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#3
December 13, 2006 at 01:20:40
Missing operating system

I'm not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn't need an interpreter


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#4
December 13, 2006 at 08:59:25
It's happeneed to me a few times when I was working on computers. Sometimes the IDE cable gets loose and needs to be rechecked.

Laptop = repair pro like Orbital says.

My mother always said there were no stupid questions, only really stupid people – It took me a long time to figure out she was talking about me.


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