Operating system not found on Dell Inspirion

Dell / Mini 9
January 5, 2011 at 17:15:04
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Dell Inspirion Mini 9 and I am not able to use my computer. Getting a message of Operating System not found. Trying to access the Phoenix BIOS setup utility menu but I don't know which options need to be changed. Need info as to what the options should be set to. Since I no longer have warranty, Dell will charge me 159.00 one time fee to fix. Wondering if anyone knows how I can repair this on my own?

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January 5, 2011 at 21:45:23
Depends on what the problem is. If the OS is corrupted or the hard drive is bad then changing the bios setup options won't help.

But assuming that's not the problem, the manual for that system should tell you specifically how to set up the options. But in general you need to make sure the IDE controllers are enabled and the drive is recognized.

Then in the boot order, you need to make sure the hard drive is there, probably set it as the first boot device. In some cases, even though a drive is on the list it needs to be enabled as a boot device. If that's the case with yours you need to make sure there's a checkmark by the drive on the list.

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat

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January 6, 2011 at 16:13:50
When I first got my computer it said that message also, but i turned it off and then on and that seemed to do it. Try turning the monitor on last.

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January 7, 2011 at 07:04:28
Dude, don't answer questions.

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