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Missing Operating System

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#1
Hello,

I can imagine this has been asked before, and if there is a thread about this, please link me to it and I'll waste no more time.

I have a custom built PC that has worked great for me for a while. I run a legitimate copy (do I even need to state that?) of Vista 64bit Home Premium.

Recently my system encountered a lock up and I had to hard reboot. Upon rebooting, I got the "Missing Operating System" error. I thought "okay, no huge deal, I'll just "restore" through the vista CD, use the command promt, try bootrec.exe/fixmbr and things will be fine.

At first it seemed they were. But it turns out no. I guess I got a bit over zealous after having getting the error again up on reboot, and I formated my system. I even did a single pass low level format on the hard drive. I have now completely reinstalled Vista and I am still getting the error.

I've found that if I leave the Vista install disc in the drive and not press any key to let it boot the CD, it will then boot the OS. But if the Vista CD is not in, the system goes straight to the HDD and gives me that error again.

Has anyone ever seen or heard of this before?
Is there a solution?
What's the REAL problem?


Thank you all for you help, in advance.
 

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Curious

#2
It appears that your HDD is spinning up in time to boot properly especially
since the workaround you have now solves the problem since the time required
to check for a DVD is enough to get the HDD up to speed.
If you put a non bootable disk in your DVD drive it may still delay it long
enough and not ask you if you want to boot.
If you do a restore will the system boot without any disk in the DVD drive?
If yes then it is because the HDD is already powered on.
"TheRealRandizzl" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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>
> Hello,
>
> I can imagine this has been asked before, and if there is a thread
> about this, please link me to it and I'll waste no more time.
>
> I have a custom built PC that has worked great for me for a while. I
> run a legitimate copy (do I even need to state that?) of Vista 64bit
> Home Premium.
>
> Recently my system encountered a lock up and I had to hard reboot.
> Upon rebooting, I got the "Missing Operating System" error. I thought
> "okay, no huge deal, I'll just "restore" through the vista CD, use the
> command promt, try bootrec.exe/fixmbr and things will be fine.
>
> At first it seemed they were. But it turns out no. I guess I got a
> bit over zealous after having getting the error again up on reboot, and
> I formated my system. I even did a single pass low level format on the
> hard drive. I have now completely reinstalled Vista and I am still
> getting the error.
>
> I've found that if I leave the Vista install disc in the drive and not
> press any key to let it boot the CD, it will then boot the OS. But if
> the Vista CD is not in, the system goes straight to the HDD and gives me
> that error again.
>
> Has anyone ever seen or heard of this before?
> Is there a solution?
> What's the REAL problem?
>
>
> Thank you all for you help, in advance.
>
>
> --
> TheRealRandizzl
 

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Richard Urban

#3
Some hard drives, as they age, may take longer to spin up to speed (bearing
lubrication drying out?). My M/B bios allows me to insert a pre-delay in the
bios that holds the boot sequence for a few seconds. This allows the drive
to come up to speed.

Do you have such a setting?

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Microsoft MVP
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"TheRealRandizzl" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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>
> Hello,
>
> I can imagine this has been asked before, and if there is a thread
> about this, please link me to it and I'll waste no more time.
>
> I have a custom built PC that has worked great for me for a while. I
> run a legitimate copy (do I even need to state that?) of Vista 64bit
> Home Premium.
>
> Recently my system encountered a lock up and I had to hard reboot.
> Upon rebooting, I got the "Missing Operating System" error. I thought
> "okay, no huge deal, I'll just "restore" through the vista CD, use the
> command promt, try bootrec.exe/fixmbr and things will be fine.
>
> At first it seemed they were. But it turns out no. I guess I got a
> bit over zealous after having getting the error again up on reboot, and
> I formated my system. I even did a single pass low level format on the
> hard drive. I have now completely reinstalled Vista and I am still
> getting the error.
>
> I've found that if I leave the Vista install disc in the drive and not
> press any key to let it boot the CD, it will then boot the OS. But if
> the Vista CD is not in, the system goes straight to the HDD and gives me
> that error again.
>
> Has anyone ever seen or heard of this before?
> Is there a solution?
> What's the REAL problem?
>
>
> Thank you all for you help, in advance.
>
>
> --
> TheRealRandizzl
 

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A
#4
On Tue, 9 Dec 2008 01:30:54 -0600, TheRealRandizzl
<guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote:

>
>Hello,
>
>I can imagine this has been asked before, and if there is a thread
>about this, please link me to it and I'll waste no more time.
>
>I have a custom built PC that has worked great for me for a while. I
>run a legitimate copy (do I even need to state that?) of Vista 64bit
>Home Premium.
>
>Recently my system encountered a lock up and I had to hard reboot.
>Upon rebooting, I got the "Missing Operating System" error. I thought
>"okay, no huge deal, I'll just "restore" through the vista CD, use the
>command promt, try bootrec.exe/fixmbr and things will be fine.
>
>At first it seemed they were. But it turns out no. I guess I got a
>bit over zealous after having getting the error again up on reboot, and
>I formated my system. I even did a single pass low level format on the
>hard drive. I have now completely reinstalled Vista and I am still
>getting the error.
>
>I've found that if I leave the Vista install disc in the drive and not
>press any key to let it boot the CD, it will then boot the OS. But if
>the Vista CD is not in, the system goes straight to the HDD and gives me
>that error again.
The motherboard BIOS is booting from the "wrong" hard disk. Go into
BIOS setup, and change the boot drive under Hard Disk Boot Priority.
Looks like the underlying problem is a faulty BIOS not enumerating the
hard drives properly.

>
>Has anyone ever seen or heard of this before?
>Is there a solution?
>What's the REAL problem?
>
>
>Thank you all for you help, in advance.
 

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#5
Well, everyone, based on the replies that are posted, I felt that perhaps a BIOS flash might be a good solution.

I'd never done one, so I was a bit unsettled at the idea, but thankfully ASUS makes it really easy with an application that is run through windows that uses a .bin file you download from their site.

The BIOS flash worked great, my system is humming again with no problems.

I suppose the only question I have at this point is what is a way to flash a bios without using an application? I'm sure there's a nerdier, more direct way.

Thanks all.
 

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Sonny Wortzik

#6
On Tue, 9 Dec 2008 21:21:48 -0600, TheRealRandizzl
<guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote:

>
>Well, everyone, based on the replies that are posted, I felt that
>perhaps a BIOS flash might be a good solution.
>
>I'd never done one, so I was a bit unsettled at the idea, but
>thankfully ASUS makes it really easy with an application that is run
>through windows that uses a .bin file you download from their site.
>
>The BIOS flash worked great, my system is humming again with no
>problems.
>
>I suppose the only question I have at this point is what is a way to
>flash a bios without using an application? I'm sure there's a nerdier,
>more direct way.
There is... it involves a floppy disc and a lot of newbies have ended
up with a completely useless system after trying it.

Thus the GUI.
 

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Mike Hall - MVP

#7
"Sonny Wortzik" <SonnyWortzik@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> On Tue, 9 Dec 2008 21:21:48 -0600, TheRealRandizzl
> <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote:
>

>>
>>Well, everyone, based on the replies that are posted, I felt that
>>perhaps a BIOS flash might be a good solution.
>>
>>I'd never done one, so I was a bit unsettled at the idea, but
>>thankfully ASUS makes it really easy with an application that is run
>>through windows that uses a .bin file you download from their site.
>>
>>The BIOS flash worked great, my system is humming again with no
>>problems.
>>
>>I suppose the only question I have at this point is what is a way to
>>flash a bios without using an application? I'm sure there's a nerdier,
>>more direct way.
>
> There is... it involves a floppy disc and a lot of newbies have ended
> up with a completely useless system after trying it.
>
> Thus the GUI.

The 'floppy' way still used a flash utility..


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