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No Boot Device Optiplex 745

I purchased a few computers from an auction. i think they wiped everything from the hard drive. It says ''No Boot Device Available, F1 to reboot or F2 to setup'' what do i do?

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  • judahn Apr 17, 2009

    Tks. yes there is a hard drive. i tried to reinstall a new OS, but nothing happens. What is the proper way to reinstall OS?

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Open up the PC to see if there is a hard drive in the PC. If there is, then it has just been wiped and you'll need to reinstall your OS.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009

  • zootsuiter14 Aug 02, 2011

    I tried to reinstall it but is not even reading de cd-rom, any ideas?

  • Mike McWhinney Aug 02, 2011

    It is possible that your CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive is faulty. Perhaps your installation media is faulty. Try another disk. Also check the cabling for the CD drive. See if your system BIOS recognizes it at startup.

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