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Operating System Not Found

I power on the computer and after the 1st start up screen, it goes to a black screen. After a few lines of text, it reads Operating System Not Found. Any ideas?

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  • joebklyn88 Feb 24, 2009

    Ekse, I have the recovery disc but when I put it in the cd-rom drive, I get a pop-up screen saying HARD DRIVE NOT INSTALLED-TURN OFF COMPUTER.

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Hey,

windows is not properly installed on the computer, you will need to use the windows installation disc or recovery media that came with the computer to restore it to the original state.

If you don't own either, you can take the laptop to a professional who can reload windows for you.

Or get your hands on a windows installation cd to solve the problem.


Let me know if you need anything else.


Thanks,
Ekse

Posted on Feb 24, 2009

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