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    operating system not found error message

    my son switched on his laptop and got the error message.....I tried to press F8 but still says operating system not found....pressed F2 and it shows the BIOS Information with correct processsor and CPU Type and the time is running correctly......I checked to see if any connections loose...left battery off for a while but nothing......Any ideas as to why this would suddenly come up as not had any changes made to laptop for a good while and he was using it fine before he went out today....weird

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    Re: operating system not found error message

    The two most obvious answers would be that there is a DVD in the drive, which would prevent normal boot
    The second is that the Hard drive has failed.
    There are of course other possiblities, but those are the first two that come to mind.
    There are of course many other possiblities , a few are:
    MBR has become corrupt
    The partion has become corrupt. This will require data recovery software.

    I can solve this for you but my solution may lose all your stuff
    Do you have stuff you want to save?

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    Re: operating system not found error message

    To add to rich, get a *nix livecd, like ubuntu, and get all your/his important files off it using a second partion or usb drive.

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    Re: operating system not found error message

    TY Patonb
    That would have been my suggestion if there is stuff to save
    Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer - How-To Geek

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    Re: operating system not found error message

    I downloaded the cd and put into computer but when I go into Places then into Computer as it suggests on website all it shows up is Generic-Multi-Card and File System and nothing else so not sure what to do

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    Re: operating system not found error message

    Sorry that is not suppose to happen. You are suppose to see what is shown in the article that was given in my post. Dont know where to go from here.

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    Re: operating system not found error message

    eeeeeeeek

    It means that Ubuntu couldn't auto detect your drive. May be due to a few reasons...... Worse case is the drives Bullocked up.

    Go through the guide and use the fdisk -I command. It'll scan and see if the drives there. Kind of like disk management.

    Now you may also want to open the case up and double check the drive hasn't accidently unplugged itself.

    Try out those, but on a brite note... Its just a drive issue... Your hardwares still works

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    Re: operating system not found error message

    I just run the fdisk command as u say and it just comes up with

    Usage:
    fdisk [options] <disk> change partition table
    fdisk [options] -l <disk> list partition table (s)
    fdisk - s <partition> give partition size (s) in blocks

    Options:
    -b <size> sector size (512, 1024, 2048 or 4096)
    -c switch off DOS-compatible mode
    -h print help
    -u <size> give sizes in sectors instead of cylinders
    -v print version
    -c <numbers> specify the number of cylinders
    -h <numbers> specify the number of heads
    -s <numbers> specify the number of sectors per track

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    Re: operating system not found error message

    right....I decided to put in the recovery utility disc.....came up with language selection....done.....next on clicking ok it came up with a message saying ERROR: IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO \\.\PHYSICALDRIVE0 The device is not ready.........so I pressed ok....came back with RecoGUI...Hard disk #0 is not accessible or bad RAID configuration....pressed ok click next then came back with....
    Checking for HDD1....
    HDD1 not found....
    Try to remove all letter from potential partitions on HDD 0...
    Try to remove all letters from potential partitions on HDD 1...

    Microsoft DiskPart version 6.0.6000
    Copyright <C> 1999-2007 Microsoft Corporation
    On computer: MINWINPC

    Disk 0 is not the selected disk

    DiskPart was unable to clean the disk
    The data on this disk may be unrecoverable
    Error: DiskPart failed
    Press any key to continue...


    Great...so what does this mean......hard drive gone caput!!

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    Re: operating system not found error message

    May be
    Take a hard drive test that is truly reliable

    Test Hard Drive HD Diagnostic or this test www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

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