Solved Windows 7 Start up

Gateway / T5234
November 16, 2011 at 13:11:40
Specs: windows 7, 2.209 GHz / 894 MB
I have a serious problem with my windows 7 installation. Every-time I start my PC it keeps saying missing operating system. This happens especially when I turn off the PC for an extended period of time and restart it. I re-installed windows 7 twice and I keep getting this message. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much.


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#1
November 16, 2011 at 14:54:10
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Possibly a hardware fault (MS error messages are often rather misleading).
Unfortunately there are many possibilities. RAM, HD, PSU etc.

Might be worth cleaning RAM edge connectors with pencil eraser then popping the sticks in and out a few times to ensure there is no oxide on the socket. You could do the same for any edge connectors and while you are in there ensure all cables are firmly home.

There are free downloadable RAM tests available for CD or floppy if you want to check that out. For the CD version you need to go into BIOS to set the CD ahead of the hard disk so that it will boot with the CD in the drive from power on.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
November 16, 2011 at 16:40:14
Thanks Derek,

As a matter of fact, the third time this happened I took out the hard-drive and put it back and my PC restarted with no problems. I suspect my hard-drive may be on the verge of committing suicide.


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#3
November 16, 2011 at 16:52:43
If it's a SATA drive check the connections. Both the power and signal have been know to be troublesome.

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