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Lock out bioas or harddrive lock

How to undo lock out on the bioas and harddrive so im able to start operateing system

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You have luck on BIOS or HDD or both? What's on the screen when you power on the laptop?

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Bought online...doesnt boot all the way up say insert bootable disc...what does that mean and or what kind of disc do I need??? Aspire 5250-0639


sounds like the Hard drive doesnt have a operating system installed (seller may have wiped or replaced the harddrive), or the hard drive is damaged or missing(removed), - you would need a install dvd for windows or a bootable or installer dvd for linux . and replace the harddrive if it is damaged or missing

the Bootable disk its talking about
is its next attempt at starting a operating system from a cd,dvd or usb source after trying for a harddrive startup- but failing to find an operating system

Dec 13, 2014 | PC Laptops

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Laptop says no operating system found wot do i do as its a samsung notebook


Hi,

Check if the harddrive is detected in BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) setup by pressing F2..or F12 (depends on what key is designed for the BIOS setup).

- If the harddrive is detected in the BIOS (usually shows the harddrive name or values beside "Drive 0"), your operating system is corrupted. You need an operating system disc to install it.

- If the harddrive is not detected in the BIOS ( no value beside "Drive 0"), either the harddrive cable is loose, the harddrive is not inserted properly or is defective. Check the harddrive compartment at the bottom of the laptop and use screw driver to reveal it. Try to reinsert it or use a good known hard drive.

Hope this helps.

Jun 10, 2011 | Samsung N150 Notebook

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Hi Im having a problem booting, it appears on my screen PXE-E61: Media Test failure, check cable PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel Boot Agent. Operating System not found. How can i fix this one without a...


it's trying to boot up from the network instead of from your harddrive. It could mean that it's unable to find your harddrive. One thing to check is the BIOS settings for the boot option - make sure the harddrive boots BEFORE it tries to boot from network.
Once you turn on your laptop it will tell you what to press to get in to the bios to change these options (could be either F1, F2, F10, DEL or maybe even something else) Once in the BIOS look for BOOT OPTIONS

May 04, 2011 | Toshiba PC Laptops

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Why does my laptop say system operator missing


System operating missing means that your laptop cannot find a operating system to start. This could be that your hard drive have crashed or overheated or the laptop is not detecting your harddrive. You might want to go into your bios menu and see if the bios is detecting your harddrive, and if it is not, it could be that your hard drive is bad. The only way to test this out is to take your harddrive and connect it to another computer to see if it is working. If it is working then there could be a loose connection between the hard drive and the laptop. If the bios detect your harddrive, then that means your operating system is currupted and needs to be fix or reinstall.

Jan 13, 2011 | PC Laptops

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Operating system not found


I would say either a bad harddrive or bad boot sector. If you are looking for a DIY solution, youll want to test the harddrive by running disk wizard or something similar or pulling the harddrive and putting it in a harddrive enclosure (available from NewEgg.com). The enclosure will hookup to another computer through usb or firewire and will allow you to backup your files if the harddrive is still good. If the harddrive isnt good, youll get errors while copying the files or it wont allow you to access the harddrive at all. Else, take it to a computer repairman to have them pull the harddrive and run tests on it.

Jun 10, 2009 | Sony VAIO Z1RA Notebook

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Hard drive crash, not usable at all; downloaded xp drivers and computer drivers but cannot get them installed. Hard drive not recognized.


When you install a new harddrive, it has no Operating System on it.
Windows XP and Windows Vista, are examples of an Operating System.

Each laptop manufacturer, has their own system of changing a laptop harddrive. Some allow you to press a key or two, to put the laptop in a state where it will save the basic Operating System files, and when you install the new harddrive, it will transfer them over to it.

Some laptop manufacturers do have this option.

You either have to take the harddrive out, install it into an external enclosure for a harddrive, (Uses a USB cable) Then attach the external enclosure via the USB cable, to another computer, and use a 'mirror' imaging program to save the Operating System to that computer.

Then the new harddrive is installed in that external enclosure, and the Operating System is 'mirrored' over to it.

Just information for you, as you cannot do this now with a crashed harddrive.
Your option now, is to buy a genuine copy of the Operating System you had on the laptop, and install it.
Not what you wanted to hear, huh?

You need to buy whatever version of Windows XP it had, (WinXP Home or WinXP Pro), or Windows Vista.
If it was Windows Vista, I suggest getting at least the Windows Vista Home Premium version.

I personally prefer Xp over Vista.
Tigerdirect.com, and Newegg.com, have these.
Look for Software>Operating Systems.

OR, you can simply put Ubuntu Linux on it for free.

Apr 16, 2009 | Toshiba Satellite P25-S5263 Notebook

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Toshiba satellite L300 wont boot


hi thanks for using fixya!

I suggest that if you could do a full scan (anti-virus) to your system. Then, do the disk defragmenter on all your drives, especially the system drive.

the last option is to reformat your system/laptop.

If you need further assistance, let me know.

pls rate me positively! thanks!

Apr 01, 2009 | Toshiba Satellite Pro L300 Notebook

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Computer not reading the hard drive


i have formatted the hard drive and put in all three recovery discs and it still won't load windows xp home edition.. i thought that was what the recovery discs were for.. maybe the hard drive is bad i don't know but if someone is having the same problem i could sure use some help here..

May 10, 2008 | Balance CN6555 Notebook

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Ibm thinkpad 390


This issue showed that the harddrive is not found. Try to fixed hardware connecting from harddrive and the board.
did you see hard drive detected in the bios at start? if your are sure that the connection cable is firmly fixed and the hard drive still not detected by the bios. so there is a problem with your harddrive. you should/may replace that.On the other hand if in case your hard drive is detected and still thesame problem encountered. then, you should reinstall your operating system by inserting the original operating system recovery/ windows bootable installation disc to refresh the state of your system.

any problem srising this solution please notify me.

Jan 23, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad 390 E Notebook

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Dvd ram region locked.


Once your drive is locked im not sure you can do anything. I found this site which may work but i havent tried it.

http://www.gromkov.com/faq/faq2004-0063.html

Worst case replace the DVD drive.

Jan 12, 2008 | Toshiba Satellite M45-S165 Notebook

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