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Laptop will not boot

Hi, I have an HP omnibook 400, with what appears to be a smoked hard drive. When powered on, the drive will briefly start to spin up, then spin down and emit a "whoop whoop whoop" tone reminiscent of "red alert" on the old Star Trek series. The PC continues to try to boot, finally reporting "No OS found". When entering BIOS Setup, the hard drive is not detected. I don't mind buying a new HD for the PC, but was wondering if anyone else has experienced this rather odd failure before I buy an new drive and find the failure is more insidious.

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  • vlstu Apr 18, 2009

    This was good diagnostic info. I was able to pull the hard drive, and re-seat. In doing so, I discovered the spinning noise created at power on was the system fan, not the hard drive. I also checked the BIOS, and it is maintaining the clock time -- so I am assuming the onboard battery is working.



    I am now down to the dilemma of determining if the drive is bad or the disk drive controller.

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You may be able to repair your hard drive, and continue using it.

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Other options are to assure a positive connection between your drive and the computer. Examine the bottom and edges of your laptop for access panels held in place by screws.

There should be labels or symbols (a short cylinder, or stack of cylinders, the letter s, the letters HDD, HD, etc) Remove any screws found on the edges of this pannel and assure that your drive is infact making good connection with the laptop by applying light but steady presure.

You have another possible issue that may be caused by a backup battery dying, and your settings reverting to default. Address your boot settings in the BIOS if you have not already.

If this information was helpful please rate the solution. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

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