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Windows xp will not load

After turning on my laptop, windows will get to a certain point (just before the logon screen) and flash a blue screen saying that I need to run checkdisk. Now Lenovo have told me that I cannot run this program due to my laptop not having a 1.44mb drive. When I finally got the Windows XP disk to open so I could repair windows it said that I do not have a hard drive installed and to ensure it is installed properly before completing this process....

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  • brainstew_18 Jan 13, 2009

    So can I save any information of my hard drive by using the Lenovo system recovery utility? because when I'm in their utility program I can see all my files which are on the hard drive. this is where I'm getting confused.

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    Felinna Feb 21, 2009

    I've got the exact same problem ... I've instaled the bios flash from the lenovo web site, and now the damn computer can't find the hard drive ... funny, because the bios shows it's there!
    but for the answer, the disk didn't go bad as someone said, the problem is with the bios/cmos.
    you need (we need) to reset the cmos. reseting the bios won't do. to reset the cmos you need to either remove the small system battery (not the main one with 9 or 6 cells but the one that wirks for time recording), or reset the cmos by circuting the two contacts next to the hdd, the black and white cables.
    I didn't manage to reset the cables (don't understand why) and I can't seem to find the battery :S isnt't it suppose to be the same as in the desk computers - the round flat 1,5 v battery?

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    Felinna May 11, 2010

    It's interresting that when you remove the hard drive and start up, you only get to the boot screens and then get the message operating system not found. so I suppoose the problem is in the operating system software itself and not the system or bios? the bios recognizes the disk and the windows wants to start, but something holds it back. a lot of people on lenovo forums say they have the problem, one said that his hdd id was wrong and he gist reset the bios. it didn't work for me though.

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    Felinna May 11, 2010

    someone said to reinstall xp ... you cant do that. I tried in every way I could. if it can't find the disk, no xp cd will work or formate or reinstal or even repair. maybe if someone could take the disk and hook it up to another computer, than formate the disk with a hack program.


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Gist been to Lenovo forums ... a guy replied me about my problem with the bios flash. I went to BIOS and changed the SATA mode to IDE. after leaving bios it restarted and I got a black screen, I chose resume windows normally and the thing works. try doing that, maybe it'll help you, too.
here's the link for his instructions:

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It sounds like your Master Boot Record has become corrupt, hence you can see the files when you put the live XP recovery disk in the DVD. I'm afraid it's a reinstall of windows to fix (or ubuntu 8.04 which works well on the N200)

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Sorry but your hard drive went bad. 

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

  • Thomas F. Schneider Jan 13, 2009

    Sure, absolutely Try it. I don't know much about it . Sorry. 


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