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First, upon startup, go into the BIOS configuration page. Check the list of hard disks present. If none are shown, your hard drive has died. If the hard drive is present, and if you have an OS install CD, try booting from that, then running the disk check utility. (In Windows, select Recovery Console, then type "CHKDSK C:" on the command line (omit the quotes). In Linux, open Terminal, then type "fsck -f". If you have questions about running the disk repair program, typing "CHKDSK /?" or "man fsck" at the command line gives you the instructions and describes the options.
Usually, your computer tries to "boot" from multiple sources:
1. 3.5" diskette drive, if installed, functional, and a boot-diskette is inserted
2. CD-ROM drive, if installed, functional, and a boot-CD (such as the Windows XP CD-ROM) is inserted
3. disk-drive, if installed, functional, and the "boot" record can be read from the disk-drive
4. from the Ethernet network, via a "networked boot server"
So, "check cable" means that either no Ethernet cable is connected to the computer, or that the "networked boot server" is not installed, or the boot-server did not reply.
What this means is that your disk-drive was damaged by the fall, and the "boot" information cannot be read from the disk-drive.
Hi saratrought, if Windows XP runs and you have read problems in CD/DVD drive try to read another disk, if any other disk work fine then you need to copy your CD/DVD info (or program) in another new disk.
Or just use Windows Explorer to try copy all data from CD/DVD disk to a New Folder in your Hard Drive and then from that location you can try to install your program, if your data don´t copy well then again i tell you that it´s your disk not your CD/DVD drive.
you are probably running xp go to help and type in find new hardware sounds like somehow your drive got deleted in the hardware and device manager this will work with vista too unless the drive went bad naturally
First of all, you need the password. If the password was set in the BIOS, you'll have to take it to a Tech for disassembly so they can reset the password from the motherboard jumper set. If it's a Windows password for windows logon, Boot from the Windows CD and run FDISK to format and wipe the Hard drive for a New Windows Installation. You'll need to "Partition" the Hard Disk for Multiple Operating Systems.
If Vista is running, Login and goto Control Panel. Select Help and enter "Multiple Operating Systems" in the Search box. The information you need is there for Vista.
Check the disk for scratches, and try other disks to make sure the problem is not unique to that one disk. If all disks fail, then double-click on My Computer, then double click on the CD-Rom drive and see if a CD will run. The "autorun" option may have been disabled, which is very noticeable if you've been used to this feature working. To re-enable autorun, right click on the cd-rom drive in My Computer, and go to device properties - recheck the autorun or autoplay option.
If none of the above resolve, then turn off your computer. Open up your computer with screwdriver. Unplug and replug the cd-rom driver. Restart computer. Test cd-rom drive again.
If it still fails, Make sure you are connected to the internet (I am assuming Windows XP - Vista may vary): Go to Start --> Control Panel --> Printers & Other Hardware --> System --> Hardware --> Device Manager --> DVD/CD Rom Drives - se if the drive has a yellow exclamation by it - if it does, then right click on the yellow exclamation, and click install drivers - windows will most likely find a solution
If all of the above fails, write back with more details, including model/manufatcurer of cd-rom drive, and model/manufatcurer of computer.
You should'nt have a problem installing as long as you format the hardrive first, as windows can only id the hardware profiles once installed, but you may not be able to do this if it's only a restore disc.
This hardware recognition process can be sorted easily if required to validate windows by going on line when installed and microsoft will read the o/s product code automatically and validate.