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Made an amazing discovery recently.. could not boot an HP laptop and even tried installing OEM software to no avail. Then, on a whim, I decided to try to boot the HP with a restore disk from another, totally different HP model. Works as advertised! Try it with an Acer (or whatever brand you have) restore disk.

Posted on Jan 07, 2013

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SOURCE: i got a toshiba satellite

Hi,

When the TOSHIBA splash screen is displayed or when you first turn on your computer, a boot menu prompt may be displayed for a few seconds near the bottom of the screen, indicating that a key (F2 or F12, for example) can be pressed to display a menu of boot options. The time allowed for detecting the keypress is very brief, so you'll need to be both prepared and quick.

On some models this prompt reads Press F12 for boot menu. On others, it may say Press C to boot from CD-ROM. On still others, there may be a row of colored icons representing the various boot devices (HDD, FDD, CD, LAN, PCMCIA, etc.) Press "F12" or "C" while these icons are displayed, and then use the arrow keys to move the cursor from one to another. As new models are released, the wording of these prompts may change.

Now if above steps works for you then it will start booting up from CD and then we have a shot to fix the problem you have with a simple command.

Once the computer boots up fine, go to the screen which says "Install Now". On this screen, look at the bottom left corner, you will see "repair your computer". Select this option & Choose your keyboard & language on next screen.

It will take you to the screen which will have 5 options:

Startup Repair: This option can repair the booting up problems automatically.

System restore: It startup repair doesn't works, Try this option to restore your computer to the day it was working.

Memory Optimizer: This is used to diagnose any problems with memory.

Complete PC restore: With this option, we can restore our computer to the factory settings. Performing this will result in loose of all data and software installed but it will bring everything back which you got preinstalled with your device.

Command prompt: In this option you can try some advanced command line instructions to fix the errors.

First let's try the best option "Command Prompt" to fix your problem:

>>Select "Command Prompt".

Type Bootrec /RebuildBcd, and then press ENTER.

  • If the Bootrec.exe tool runs successfully, it presents you with an installation path of a Windows directory. To add the entry to the BCD store, type Yes. A confirmation message appears that indicates the entry was added successfully.


>>If the command prompt doesn

Posted on May 15, 2011

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SOURCE: Won't boot from dvd or

Depends on what you mean by won't boot from DVD or Hard Drive,
it sounds like your boot order is what you're looking for help for.

To do this you need to get into your computers BIOS (or "Setup")
You can do this by rebooting the computer and the very very very first screen you see tells you how,
usually by pressing DEL or F2 or F10.

Without knowing the specific computer you're looking for help on I can only point you in the right direction however keep in mind the BIOS is for advanced users only and you can damage your computer by randomly changing settings.

What you're looking for though is usually called the Boot Order or Boot Sequence
You'll need to set whatever device you want to boot from higher on the list (usually with the up arrow or PgUp)
If you don't see your device on the boot list then it may not be detected due to failure.

Posted on May 31, 2011

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SOURCE: acer won't boot

Just go to the acer website and http://support.acer-euro.com/drivers/notebook/as_one_150.html and d/load the bios update 3309, open the folder and copy two files to a formatted fat usb stick. Rename the file FLASHIT to FLASHIT.EXE and the second file 3309.fd(bios file) to ZG5IA32.FD rename them precisely like that, please check your spelling is correct. Insert the usb stick into the usb left hand side make sure the charger is plugged in . Hold down keys fn+esc and power up the laptop, when the power led begins to blink release the two buttons and press the power button just once, observe the usb stick flashing indicating it's flashing the bios, please note this can take a few attempts, I once struggled for a few hours until I finally tamed the beast :) be patient okay, I would like to point out if you wish to update within winxp use the same bios update 3309 , extract the zipped files to a formatted usb stick and rename the two files again but DO NOT REMOVE or interfere with the other files in the folder , with the laptop up and running open the folder and click on the Insysdeflash file only within the winflash file, this will flash your bios within windows and update it to the latest version, I read that flashing it when using the fn+esc keys merely restores the bios , I have tested this and mine updated to 3309 only when I flashed my bios within windows using the complete d/loaded bios update as mentioned . It will be worth reading the read me file to see what has changed in this bios version, I can tell you that for those out there that have password issues i.e. hdd set, the need to enter password with upper case is not a requirement more and there are a lot more fixes too, enjoy and I hope this bit of info was useful:)

Posted on Jun 16, 2011

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SOURCE: IBM thinkpad R51 won't boot

Sounds like at least a corrupted OS, but most likely a bad hard drive. I'd try reloading Windows (if that's your OS) first, which should take well under an hour; if reloading takes excessively long, then the system is probably having a hard time formatting the hard drive due to physical bad sectors and the easiest thing would be to replace it. The R51 uses good old ATA/IDE 2.5" 9mm height hard drives, which are not available in most stores any longer, but you can probably get the same size or larger ones on eBay for pretty cheap and replace it yourself. Expect to pay about 50 cents to 75 cents per gigabyte - anything more would be considered tourist prices...

Posted on Sep 01, 2011

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SOURCE: Dell Inspiron 600m: No Boot Device. I'm a computer

Have you tried resetting the BIOS defaults? In doing so, it will force IDE re-detection and often resolve vague boot issues.

Posted on Sep 11, 2011

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