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NO BOOTABLE DEVICE When the PC cannot see a boot file/disk on either the hard disk or floppy drive it gives an error message "No bootable device. Insert boot disk and press any key" First thing, check to see if the is a floppy disk in the floppy drive, if so removes this disk. If there was no disk in the floppy drive then it may be a hard disk problem.
Check the BIOS to see if the hard disk is detected, if not open the case and re-seat the data cable on the hard drive and also where it connects to the motherboard disk controller.
If it still gives this error message and the BIOS does not detect this hard drive, then the hard drive is probably faulty.
A further check on the hard drive, remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter and connect it to a working computer's USB port, if this computer does not detect it as an external storage device then the hard drive is faulty.
To get the computer operating again, install a new hard drive in your computer and then install Windows on this hard drive plus the computer's device drivers and your programs.
Posted on Oct 31, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
That happened to me when I tried to upgrade. If you don't have an external DVD drive, you have to copy the restore disk to a flash drive, put it in the USB drive, power up, hit F12 at the first screen, move the highlight to the USB and boot from it. Oh, and it has to be at least 1 GIG, the USB Flash drive does, or it won't fit.
Posted on May 18, 2009
With any standard laptop (your Aspire included) the default boot disk should be set to drive C:
If the system is not finding drive C:, the boot sector may be damage or the drive may have failed completely.
Depending on your operating system (probably Win XP for this one) you can make a boot disk on a friend's optical drive and change the boot sequence in the BIOS setup to your optical drive. Just make sure the disk you've made is compatible with the drive in your Aspire; such as CD - DVD+-, etc.
Once you can get some kind of prompt, either from a basic Desktop or just E:\ from your boot CD, try typing in "C:" (without the quotes) to see if it is accessible. If not, the drive may be bad.
If the drive is still readable, you have more work to do to restore the damaged boot sector.
Posted on Mar 21, 2009
Okay, first things first. Unplug everything except for the power cord. Make sure the floppy drive (if you have one) and CD-ROM drive are empty. Go into your computer BIOS settings and make sure that the computer is set to boot from your hard drive first. (Depending on the computer, usually holding down F2, F4, F6, F8, or even other function buttons will allow you to do this. Not all of the buttons at once, but just hold each one down when you start the computer until the BIOS comes up). If this doesn't work, your Hard Drive is either corrupted, all information has been deleted, or simply came loose over time. You may be able to fix this yourself. The easiest solution is to reformat your computer using the original disks your computer came with. You can also use a licensed copy of Windows disk.
If you have information to recover, I would look into Bart's PE Builder (google it), although that requires another computer. If you have access to another computer there are many boot disks that you can download or buy.
If none of these work, try getting your computer into DOS mode. It's much harder with XP and Vista, but Windows ME and earlier it should be an option. simply type C:\ at the prompt, cd windows, dir/w. This will tell you if windows is still there. At least then you'll know your options. If windows is gone, the only way to get it back is to reinstall it. I hope something in here helps someone.
Posted on Jul 14, 2009
Usually this is idicative of a hard drive failure, try to boot with the windows cd and see if it will boot up. Try this below......
Windows Start-up Errors
First, The basics. You will need a Windows CD. If you only have a recovery disk set like the ones from a HP or Compaq, they will not do what you want. You can normally use a Dell disk, also retail box disks (Windows Purchased from the store), or some OEM versions of Windows will work (most of these will have the Microsoft hologram on them).
When you get the system started and it finds your startup disk you will see a screen that says Press any Key to boot from CD. I normally use the space bar as my any key and then you should see a blue screen that says Windows setup in the left hand corner. Wait until you see the welcome to setup screen and then click the "R" key to get to the Recovery Console How long it takes to get to each of these depends on the speed of your system, but I will tell you that it will take a few minutes to finally get to the Console.
Once you are at the Recovery Console you will be given at least one choice of Windows installations. Normally the choice you want is the number 1 choice. Click the number 1 key at the "top" of the keyboard and click enter.
You will be given a message asking for the administrator password. Unless someone or something has messed with your computer there is no password so you just click the enter key.
This will bring you to a prompt that says:
Type: cd \ and then click enter
( Note: between "cd" and "\" there should be a "blank space" otherwise the command won't work. If you find that a command hasn't worked make sure you typed it correctly. These are similar to old DOS commands where spaces had to go between each command so DOS knew where one command stopped and another started.)
You are now at the ROOT of the drive where it all begins. The Prompt should now say C:\>
Now type: CHKDSK /R and click enter.
The chkdsk / r command also includes the P command and will also look for lost recoverable information in bad sectors.
Now after the chkdsk has run type: FIXBOOT then click enter.
It may prompt you with a warning but continue through it and once fixboot has finished type: EXIT and click enter.
Your system should reboot and when it does click the F8 button to get a windows start menu. Use the up or down arrow to highlight the LAST KNOWN GOOD CONFIGURATION and click enter. If it was a simple drive error this should have fixed it.
Posted on Nov 21, 2009
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