When I try to turn on my comp, at about 95% of booting up it stops and goes to a screen that says no bootable devices. I ran a test via the boot up menu and it says it can't detect a hard drive. What'd I do?
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Re: Dell B130 Laptop
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This is an indication of a very near to fail hard disk. Might I suggest that while it could still be read even occasionally to try and backup you files immediately to a thumb/flashdrive. Thereafter it is a matter of replacing the hard disk (now's the chance to put in something bigger), partitioning to your preference, formating and installing a fresh copy of the Windows of your choice. Often these laptops do have a recovery CD that may be used to ease the transition.
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for dell laptops it may be the esc key the one that drives you to the boot manager...but if you do not find the key ..or it is a different one ...pay attention on boot...cause the first screen when it starts..will display the exact keys needed for to get to bios settings (f2 for laptops usually ) ..and also the key needed to be pressed to get to the boot sector... If this is not available or the boot sequence is set such a way that is not displaying these info ...just press del or F2 on start ...and get into the BIOS settings ...In there locate the Boot sequence ..and select the cd/dvd to be the first boot device ...and the Hdd to be second...save all settings by pressing F10 ..and confirm the choice by choosing yes or Y ..and will restart and will take your cd first when it boots..will just ask to press any key to boot from cd .. You can even let it set this way ...cause if it will not have a bootable cd inserted...the start will just look for it ..and get to the next boot device ...without any issue..
It sounds like you have lost the boot manager file. The boot manager is a file set up by Windows to stop hackers from getting in to your system and if a problem occurs it is deleted by Windows. When you try to boot and the desktop gets to POST, teh Dell page, quicklt hit F8 When, and it will take a few goes to get the timing right, you are succesfull a DOS menu will be shown on your screen Select repair and follow the instructions. Hope this helps.
when computer comes up just after the dell screen hit the f12 key along the top. It will give you the option of booting from cd or hard drive. Pick the cd and if your cd is bootable it should boot from it.If it still gives you blue screen you probably have bad memory.
Put the Dell CD in the drive bay. Turn on the computer and start pressing <F12> key. It should say "Preparing one-tome boot" When the screen shows a selection menu for the boot device, use the arrow keys to select the CD and press <Enter> key. That should run the Dell CD. Follow the onscreen prompts to run diagnostics checks
if battery is new and functioning properly(battery) please boot in safe mode by pressing F8 during os starup. and logon as an administrator.
if nothing works out try reinstalling operating system it will solve the problem else update me the ststus.