I have a Dell C800 that I just purchased used. When I turn it on I get a message on the screen... No boot sector on hard disk, Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility.
When I press F1 the same message comes up over and over again.
When I press F2 page 1 of 6 comes up on the Bios page. The only thing that it will let me do is set is the date and time, Nothing else.
I need some help on this one.
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Re: No boot sector on hard disk Dell C800
It sounds like you bought the computer without an operating system, if you just bought it you need to install an OS (Windows or linux).
You might be able to get recovery discs from Dell if this sytem is entitled to a windows install. Does it have a Windows OEM sticker on the bottom?
In short, You need to install an Operating System.
You can submit a form to request replacement CDs at https://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dellcare/en/backupcd_form
You may need to do a ownership transfer with Dell before they will send this there is a form for this as well or you could call customer care http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/change_order/tag_transfer?~ck=ln&c=us&cs=19&l=en&lnki=0&s=dhs
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First - re-seat the harddisk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot andgo into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If itdoesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty.Then the hard drive needsto be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer orlaptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioningcomputer/laptop again.
A boot sector is a sector of a hard disk that contains booting programs stored in the other part of the hard disk. You boot sector might have been deleted or corrupted and you can't logon until you repair or recover the boot sector. To do this you must have your OS cd. Boot from OS cd the follow below steps...
Insert the installation disc.
Restart your computer
3. If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc.
Choose your language settings, and then click Next.
Click Repair your computer.
Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.
On the System Recovery Options menu, click Startup Repair. Startup Repair might prompt you to make choices as it tries to fix the problem, and if necessary, it might restart your computer as it makes repairs.
Well what i can figure out is that your OS is not being loaded, thats the primary issue because of which you are getting a blank black screen and there can be 2-3 reasons why it is not being loaded. 1. Issue with the Hard drive 2. Issue with the RAM disk 3. Issue with BIOS
Here is some troubleshooting you can do :
At the system start up press Pause and check to see if POST has succeeded for all the hardware devices. If it is failing for any device that means that device is not getting powered on so you have to fix that first.
If it succeeds then you need to check our BIOS, at the DELL Stratup screen press F2/F12 (what ever works on your system) to enter BIOS menu. If it is entering that means BIOS is also ok.
So now you need to check your RAM and Hard Disk so for that try booting up from a CD, if it boots from CD and is going to installation screen then it means that your RAM is also perfectly fine and there is something wrong with Hard drive because of which BIOS is not able to locate MBR on the hard disk and so is unable to load OS.
It generally happens if there are some bad sectors on the hard disk so For that you can perform Disk Checking on the hard disk. Disk checking will repair the soft errors on the HD if any but if there are Hard errors which means if some sectors are damaged permanently then you can't anything and have to purchase a new HD.
A computer "boots" by reading the first few sectors from the diskette (or CD-ROM) or disk-drive, and then running the software that just was read, to "kick-start" the whole process of starting Windows.
Thus, "no boot sector" could mean:
* the disk could not be read at all,
* the information was read from the disk, but it was recognized as being a valid computer-program
So, it's possible that your disk-drive is "dying".
Take your computer to a computer-store, for more trouble-shooting.
Unfortunately you will need the restore disk to correct this problem. Even if you copy the old disk to the new, chances are you will copy the corrupt files and have TWO bad copies of xp. You can order the restore disk from Dell on average about $30.
help have a dell latitude c800 must have a a email viruse cause it has blue screen with message "beginning dump on physical memory" then it has black screen with message disk error no drive found. did not get a cd for rebooting dont know what to do. it is refurbished and running windows 2000. would appreciate any and all help.