I have a VoodooM780 that is not seeing the hard drives.
It runs post then says no bios installed, but when i hit the F2 button it goes into the phoenix utility where is still see no hard drives.It didnt come with an OS. I am trying to install a fresh XP and it also says no drives attached.Help
An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points
An expert that got 5 achievements.
An expert who has written 3 tips or uploaded 2 video tips.
An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.
Re: I have a VoodooM780 that is not seeing the hard...
Your computer is failing to see that hardisk because it is not formated. download a DOS 6.22 bootdisk. boot from it, and type fdisk hit enter then type 1, hit enter tell it to make a primary partiton follow the onscreen instructions. once you are done it will ask you to reboot put the cd in the computer and hit enter then type format c: /s it will make c: a bootable drive then run your windows installer
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need. goodluck!
- If you need clarification, ask it in the comment box above.
- Better answers use proper spelling and grammar.
- Provide details, support with references or personal experience.
Tell us some more! Your answer needs to include more details to help people.You can't post answers that contain an email address.Please enter a valid email address.The email address entered is already associated to an account.Login to postPlease use English characters only.
Tip: The max point reward for answering a question is 15.
The bios cannot find any device it can boot from. This can occur because of hard disk failure, a loose connection or file corruption. There usually is a boot menu that you can get to from the bios by hitting some key specified by your bios manufacturer during the POST bootup process. Usually there is some message on screen like 'press esc for bootup options' or 'press f2 to enter bios setup' or something similar. As your machine starts up, try hitting ESC, F2, F5, F8 or F12 -one at a time-hitting each key several times during bootup (maybe your manual can give you a hint). If you get into the BIOS setup screen, look at the screen that tells you what the BIOS thinks you have attached for storage. If you don't see a hard disk there, you have a definite hardware problem. If you get into a boot option screen, try putting a Windows Installation CD, or a recovery CD from your laptop manufacturer, in the CD-ROM drive of your computer and enabling the machine to boot from the CD-ROM. If the PC boots from the CD-ROM, you may be able to use Windows Recovery mode or your manufacturer's recovery disk to get your hard drive working again. If you have any files you can't live without on your hard drive, look into getting your hard drive out of your laptop and into a USB drive enclosure that you can use another PC to try and read those files from the hard drive prior to attempting any recovery options, as some of them erase all files on your hard drive. Also check to see if your PC has manufacturer diagnostics that you can boot into to check your hardware with before attempting any other type of repairs.
The problem is not with the battery or the AC power supply ( I assume you tried pressing F8 safe mode before the loading screen appeared?)
Get into the Bios by pressing ( I think its F2 or F10) as soon as the laptop starts up (before loading screen). Check in the main page, that the laptop "sees" the hard drive. If it does not, then the hard drive has failed. (you can check this by substituting another drive and seeing if the laptop recognizes this in the Bios). See also that the DVD rom is recognised In the Boot order screen, check that the boot order is set to 1st boot DVD/CD drive and the 2nd is set to hard drive.
Using a windows install disc, boot to CD and see if windows wants to install (if the hard drive is recognised in the Bios but has an internal fault, Windows will tell you before it installs the OS)
If the drive IS recognised and windows installs ok, let it go to the 2nd repair option, where it looks for previous installations of windows and let it repair the system (your files will not be wiped)
If Windows reports that there is no HDD, then you should try a spare HDD and see if it will format and install .
At best, it sounds like the MBR has been corrupted, in which case the over the top install above should fix it, at worst, the hard drive has failed and will need replacing
If it is in a loop, and does not recognize the hard drive, the hard drive may have some corruption or failed sectors on it, or dead all together. To test if its dead, hit either ESC, F2 or F12 on your keyboard on the vaio screen, should launch the BIOS where you can see what storage devices it detects. If there is no hard drive it is either dead or lost connection. If it does show up there you can test for sector corruption by downloading HDD regenerator (google search) and running the scan. It will give a drive map if there is any sector damage (not mechanical failure)
Any questions, let me know.
it sounds as if you have a hard drive failure, or the BIOS settings are messed up for some reason. Try going into BIOS by hitting F1 or F2 or F10 or Delete... or maybe your laptop has a special button for going into BIOS, and find the Boot Device Options to see if your hard drive is the first boot device. Also, you may want to check the Standard BIOS Settings and the PC configuration settings. The names of these settings depend on the BIOS version you have, but the bottom line is that you need to find a list of devices recognized on your laptop, and see if there is any entry for a primary hard drive. If there isnt a primary hard drive, find an option that does auto-detect of hard drives and run the detection sequence. If nothing comes up then your hard drive is probably dead or damaged, and you'll need to get hands-on help to deal with the problem.
2. anything could have happened. your hard drive died. your video card crapped out. your motherboard burned a diode or a component, your power adapter spiked in voltage. you got hit with lightning. you were infected with a virus.
lenovo laptops usually have a blue button to hit or you can hit the F2 key during startup. In some cases it might be the delete button.
See if you can enter the bios screen?
If you can post back and tell us where it hangs with more information.
The first thing to do is go into the bios. To do this, power up the laptop and hit F2 at start up. Sometimes it requires hitting the F2 button numerous times. You should see message in the top right corner that says "Entering Set Up". Once in the bios screen, look through menu to see if your hard drive is recognized by the bios. If it is not recognized by the bios, it may be a defective hard drive or problem with the motherboard. You might also try removing the hard drive and checking for any problems with the connector then reinstalling the hard drive and trying to boot up again. If this does not work, I would recommend replacing the hard drive.