I cant get my emachines W4605 laptops bios to recognize any drives(hdd, dvdrom) and when i go into the bios the HDD firmware version is just a blur of dots. I have no idea what is wrong with the computer, it got it at an auction. it has a phoenix bios, version 67.08.00
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It sounds like you are trying to do an upgrade to Windows 7, as normally the operating system comes pre-installed on the Hard Drive (HDD). If the hard drive is not recognised, then it is a hardware fault, take it back it where you bought it!
If that is not possible, check that it is correctly fitted to the hard drive socket, otherwise it is back to a repairer.
The hdd password is stored in the firmware of the hdd, not in the bios. There is only two options available.
1/ type the password.
2/ purchase a new hdd as it is totally unformattable in that condition.
First - re-seat the hard disk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot and go into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If it doesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty. Then the hard drive needs to be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer or laptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioning computer/laptop again.
This problem can pop up only if the OS in your HDD is damaged. Or if your HDD is bad (Physically) hence i can suggest you to boot from the CD provided by the company which came along with the laptop to boot. If you do not have any of it you can try to boot from any other CD to just check if the HDD has a problem really. If the HDD is accessed by the OS then no problem. But if it is not recognizing the HDD then you need to replace it.
Normally when u restore, formatting is being done at a certain step. Therefore no need to worry as the OS is included in the recovery.
However if it's exactly how u r stating, therefore buy an external 2.5" HDD casing,insert ur HDD in it, plug it to the USB of any computer or laptop & get it formatted.
The PXE-X61 error means that the laptop cannot detect the hard drive. This can be caused by a faulty disk controller, or a faulty disk drive. 1st. Reseat the hard drive and see if the laptop boots up.
2nd. Go into the BIOS configuration and see if the BIOS detects the hard drive.
3rd. If the BIOS can't detect the hard disk, the remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter and plug it into a working computer's USB port. If this computer detects this drive as an external disk drive and you can see the contents of the hard drive, then the hard drive is OK and the fault is in the laptop.
4th. If the hard drive cannot be detected then the hard drive is faulty, you need to replace the faulty hard drive in your laptop and install Windows to get an operating laptop again.
Be sure that SATA is enabled in your BIOS settings. Sometimes if the
computer ships with an IDE drive, the company that builds them will
disable SATA in the BIOS. Also, while you are in your BIOS, if you decide to use just the SATA drive, you need to disable your IDE and set the bios up to boot the computer from your new drive on the SATA connector.