No boot sector/bootable devices

April 21, 2010 at 15:21:02
Specs: None, AMD Athlon 64 3200+
This was recently purchased and the seller reportedly wiped the hard drive clean and had it ready for a fresh install of windows. However, when the notebook is booted it beeps twice and returns the following message: "No boot sector on internal hard drive. No bootable devices found."

I do not have the factory restore disc but I have tried using a working XP disc to boot from and have tried changing the boot order with the CD-ROM first and still get the same message. I'm not sure why it's not recognizing the CD-ROM or what the actual problem is.

At this point, do I need the actual restore disc for this notebook? I made sure the devices are all enabled as well. Any suggestions?

Windows XP Pro SP2
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0GHZ Venice Core
Gigabyte GA-K8N-SLI Motherboard
1GB Geil DDR400 Dual Channel
ATI Radeon X800 GTO Fireblade Edition 256MB DDR PCIE


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#1
April 21, 2010 at 15:27:22
Try another Bootable CD. The hard disk has nothing to boot
from. It need to be partitioned and formatted.

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#2
April 24, 2010 at 08:51:51
I planned on using the XP disc to partition and format the drive. I don't understand how using a different disc will help.

Windows XP Pro SP2
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0GHZ Venice Core
Gigabyte GA-K8N-SLI Motherboard
1GB Geil DDR400 Dual Channel
ATI Radeon X800 GTO Fireblade Edition 256MB DDR PCIE


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#3
April 24, 2010 at 10:21:18
"...I have tried using a working XP disc to boot from and have tried changing the boot order with the CD-ROM first and still get the same message. I'm not sure why it's not recognizing the CD-ROM or what the actual problem is."

The CD is not being recognized as bootable, or you're not pressing a key to boot from the CD.

Did you SAVE the bios settings?

The laser lens may be "dirty".
Clean the CD drive's laser lens with a tissue or a soft cloth. Usually when you eject the CD tray, the laser lens is obvious on the tray when there is no CD on it.

Make sure the CD is clean and free of major scratches.
If the CD is a copy,
- are you SURE it's bootable ? Try it on another computer.
- a CD-R disk should work fine, but other types of burnable disks may NOT read properly in a drive it was not made in.

In order to be able to boot from the bootable CD, either

- CD drive or similar must be listed before the hard drive in the Boot Order or similar settings in the bios Setup (it doesn't necessarily have to be listed first)
See Response 1:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

-or - most laptops have a specific key you can press while booting to select which device you boot from - a line may be displayed while booting that specifies the key, and/or that info is in the Owner's or User's manual for the model - press that key and select CD drive or similar.

Whichever, if that's right, you may see a line while booting "Press any key to boot from CD" or similar - if you do, press the specified key while that line is on the screen (sometimes the operating system CD will auto load when no operating system is found on the computer).

Setup only needs you to press the key to boot from the CD when you initially load it - you do not press that key when it auto reboots after that - if you do, the process starts from the beginning again.


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