No Bootable devices message starting laptop

November 20, 2011 at 16:58:54
Specs: Windows XP
i have a dell laptop C400. my uncle has not used the laptop for 3 years because of viruses on it.
The laptop only has a external cdrom drive. He does not have the original restore disc for it.
2 days ago, for some reason he went into the BOIS settings, and now he is getting a message at restart

""No Bootable devices-- strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility"".

When you press F1, nothing happens just the same message comes up.

So now he gave it to me.
I only have an old restore disc of windows xp from a old gateway computer.
Should this work for the restore??

I tryed it and pressed F12 and selected to rebot from cdrom.
the screen goes black and then nothing happens.

What is wrong?
What should i check in the Bois settings?
Can you use a desktop gateway restore disc on a dell laptop?
Am i doing something wrong?
Is there anything else i should try?


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#1
November 20, 2011 at 21:34:48
Unplug any USB flash drives that are plugged in before booting the computer.

If it has a floppy drive, eject any floppy disk in it before you boot the 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)

See Response 1:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...
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"I only have an old restore disc of windows xp from a old gateway computer.
Should this work for the restore??"

Probably NOT.

There are two types of Recovery disk sets
- a set of Recovery disks that are a multi-disk archive - they can only be used one after the other to install all of the original software including Windows that was on the specific brand name model. You can't install just XP or repair XP with any of the disks. It can't be used except with the same brand name model ,or a small group of models made by the same brand name at about the same time.

- A Recovery disk set that is usually at least two disks. The first one is a brand name labelled XP Re-installation CD or similar, the other one or ones are used to install Drivers needed for the computer model and Applications (programs) the computer came with.
The XP Re-installation CD or similar can usually ONLY be used with the brand name model it came with, or a small group of models made by the same brand name at about the same time, to install Windows XP from scratch, or to run a Repair installation of XP.
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You have another problem.
The XP CDs usually CANNOT be used to install XP because the files intially loaded from the XP CD CANNOT recognize most if not all USB optical drive models ! In that case, the XP CD is reconized as bootable, but all you see when the CD attempts to load it's files is a blue screen and nothing further happens !
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Your model probably uses a Recovery disk set that is a multi-disk archive - they can only be used one after the other to install all of the original software including Windows that was on the specific brand name model.

You can buy Recovery disk sets for Dell Latitude C400 for XP Home or XP Pro here::
http://www.myrecoverycds.com/index.htm
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"I tryed it and pressed F12 and selected to rebot from cdrom.
the screen goes black and then nothing happens."


The bios version is probably used for both Dell laptops with integrated optical drives and without them.
You probably must select USB drive, or USB CD drive, or similar.


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#2
November 20, 2011 at 22:47:31
nav00002

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"fist u should have to clear ur optical drive is working or not.."

There is no optical drive built into it.
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danbrascog and nav00002

The Recovery disk set is not expensive.

Manuals - English
Dell Latitude C400
http://support.dell.com/support/edo...

The User Guide does not mention Recovery regarding installing Windows or the original software installation from scratch at all.
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Dell Latitude C400 Drivers & Downloads
Troubleshooting
Manuals

Go here:
http://support.dell.com/support/ind...
Drivers and Downloads
(If you see the wrong Dell model, click on Choose another product)
Choose from a list of Dell products
Laptops
Latitude
Latitude C400


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#3
November 21, 2011 at 03:25:13
Check if hard drive is recognized by BIOS(inside IDE configuration), if not u have a problem.
U can try to reinstall it if it doesn't help replace the hdd.

I don't see a reason of purchasing a restore disk. U can download win XP SP3 with all updates from torrent.

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#4
November 21, 2011 at 10:19:30
kuwese

"I don't see a reason of purchasing a restore disk. U can download win XP SP3 with all updates from torrent. "

See the paragraph starting with this in response 1:

"You have another problem."

He probably cannot use a regular XP CD, whatever way he provides one.


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