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No bootable devices on my Dell Inspiron 1150

Have tried the f-12 thing and retry Boot etc. Nothing works. What would be my easiest and cheapest remedy

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  • astarrh May 06, 2009

    conserve_1333, I thank you for your post. Pulling the DVD drive out of this laptop has enabled my Inspiron 2200 to boot again. Now I will need to decide if it is the DVD ROM or Motherboard that is the issue.

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My Laptop Inspiron 2200 With Windows XP only boot with the C drive when I remove the CD-DVD-CD drive. Otherwise ,I am asked to go to Bios to reconfigure the booting order.
The CD-dvd can not be pick-up by Plug and Play .

As a result I can only use the Laptop without the CD-DVD

When I reconnect the DVD it will not boot.

I have inspected every single pin in the DVD and from the Motherboard I can not see any damages

What do you think is the problem?

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Most likely a HDD failure. Take the HDD out, see if you can boot to a XP CD or resource CD. If you can, then replace the HDD

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