Bios shadowed and no operating system found

Samsung R580 15.6" led notebook - intel...
September 19, 2016 at 05:24:10
Specs: Windows
I got a Samsung r580 from a friend. When I turn it on it'll boot fine but will not go any further than the setup screen. The friend moved and I have no idea what operating system it had. When I go to change the boot menu it says no check connection. I've tried different memory and hard drives to no avail. Everything remains shadowed! PLEASE HELP!! THANKS

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September 19, 2016 at 06:14:46
I don't know why BIOS shadowing would be a problem but did you try disabling it from within the BIOS menu? And while you're there, make sure the boot order is configured correctly. Be aware that you can't just install a HDD with an OS already installed. It will not boot because it's configured for the system it came from. You will have to do a clean install of Windows.

See if this helps:

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September 19, 2016 at 06:17:41
Disconnect all drives.

Turn the comp on & test with the drive disconnected.

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September 19, 2016 at 12:17:19
Possibly you can do a repair installation if installing a hard drive from another computer; rather than a full/clean install.

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September 19, 2016 at 13:30:10
From what I see your machine should have come with Windows 7.
If the hard drive is actually good then you should be able to do a factory restore.
Of course if the hard drive is not good then you cannot do this, it simply will not work.
If you install a new hard drive then you will need to reinstall Windows from scratch.
If you had the recovery disk set that your friend should have made then you can recover form this onto the new drive. If you had proof of ownership then Samsung might have been convinced to send or sell you a recovery set for your computer. Since you probably do not then you will have to purchase a new Windows 7 disk (Retail or non-branded OEM disk with key).
If the BIOS does not show the new hard drive or confirmed good hard drive then there is something wrong with the cable to the hard drive or the motherboard itself.
As mentioned, you cannot use a hard drive with a preinstalled copy of Windows unless Samsung sold it to you for that model of machine.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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September 19, 2016 at 19:04:41
Bios shadowing means some of the bios functions are copied to RAM after bootup and, as already mentioned, wouldn't affect the bios finding a hard drive.

Do you perhaps mean the bios options are greyed out meaning they're showing on a greyish background but you can't alter them? If so, yeah, some things in bios can't be changed. You may need to consult the manual for your laptop for info on proper bios setup.

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