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Re: Computer wont boot up
When you fitted the hard drive, you must go into the bios and make sure your new hard drive is listed as it will be looking for your old one, there should be an option to press an 'F' key to detect hard drives, and also ensure the date and time is set correctly.
Assuming that the new drive is the master and is set as master, unless it's a seondary drive and should be set as slave if on the same ide cable.
If the hard drive is from another pc with an operating system already on it then the pc wont boot as the information already on the drive refers to another pc motherboards drivers and all the component drivers; so you will need to repair your windows operating system by way of your XP cd.
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all you need to do is put back the hard drive to the gateway, theres like a finger print that block the hard drive to come on but if you put back to its own i will come on...if you want to make it work in the dell you need to install a fress os...period...
you might have accidentaly deleted th ntldr boot application. one way to solve this without formating your harddrive is; take out your harddrive and put it in to the computer as a slave drive with same operating system and copy the ntldr file. this file actually located at the C:\ drive and is actually hidden. just tick all show hidden file under folder options then VIEW TAB inorder to view and copy this file to your harddrive. once done, take our your harddrive and set again the jumper settings to Master then put it in to your computer. power on the computer and it should be working after this procedure. Else fails, you need to use the recovery disk that came with the system and restore the computer back to its factory setings.
Hello there: please try this first unplug the power to the computer next open the case and unplug all of the cables and cords that connect to the harddrive cd rom ect ect now locate the power supply cord that goes to the motherboard and disconnect press the power button on the computer for 20 seconds and also if you have a reset button press it . what this hoes is releases any stored esd that is in the computer .. now plug in the power supply back into the board and plug in the power cord and try to boot the computer and see if it comes on if so great just plug in the cords to the cd rom harddrive ect ect and than reboot and you should be ok
I would say either a bad harddrive or bad boot sector. If you are looking for a DIY solution, youll want to test the harddrive by running disk wizard or something similar or pulling the harddrive and putting it in a harddrive enclosure (available from NewEgg.com). The enclosure will hookup to another computer through usb or firewire and will allow you to backup your files if the harddrive is still good. If the harddrive isnt good, youll get errors while copying the files or it wont allow you to access the harddrive at all.
Else, take it to a computer repairman to have them pull the harddrive and run tests on it.
My friend....sorry to tell you this, but there is only one solution for your problem. And that is to a clean reinstallation of OS. Only that will kill all virus and trojans on the hdd.
And after that be sure that you ALWAYS have an updated virus protection program running.
I think you may find your hard drive has failed?
I suggest that you replace the hard drive with a new one.
But, just to check.. remove the hard Drive from the machine... (usually acessable under the machine via a couple of screws and usually just slides out etc) Then try to "Boot" the machine from CD or floppy.. (on say ya Windows XP CD, choosing Boot from CD from PC menu) if it does.. then it IS ya HD, if not then ya may have a Motherboard fault.
So do NOT change the drive.. at this juncture I would suggest ya go to a reputable PC repairer and ask for a "Quote" for the fix, and an explanation of what is/was wrong.
Was the operating system installed on another computer? Or a computer with different hardware? If so the drivers for the hardware are not configured properly on the HD or in the BIOS. If this is the case you should format the HD and re-install the OS.