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Reboot windows without any CD in drive and tap F8 key before windows screen appears. Select safe mode from the menu that appears and elect to do a system restore. If this doesn't work you could try changing the boot order in the bios ensuring that your hard drive is first boot device. should get into bios when starting PC usually F2 or del key. remember to save changes in bios normally F10
It means that the BIOS cannot find a disk to boot.
Make sure you selected the hard drive in the boot settings of your BIOS
Remove all external DVD drives or floppy drives or ethernet cables
If you get an error message, you should start troubleshooting your hard drive.
press Del or f1 or f2 or Home or Ins or end key...some of the PC/Notebooks BIOS is set to any one of the above keys...
so after starting PC press the key as mentioned above...
u may have to do hit and trial....and find the key that gets u to BIOS
then change the boot seq to foll
1 - CD Rom drive
2 - Floppy
3 - HDD, or HDD0, or HDD1 etc
Hi, if you have computer knowledge, the easiest thing to do is to take the laptop sata hard drive out and connect it to your computer with your sata cables and power and boot your computer up and the laptop drive will be a slave drive then. Now you can back it up if you want and then format it. Now turn your computer off and put the hard drive back in your laptop. Because there in no Operating system the laptop will ask for a boot device. Now you will be able to boot from your xp cd. I don't know why but I have found most laptops and computers with vista don't like to boot from a cd and over ride the boot options and go directly into vista which makes it hard for people who want to down grade to XP. Why someone would want Vista beats me. You can also load up into bios and change your boot options in there. If not already set as first boot device to be you cdrom/dvd you can change it to be. But like I said most of the time with Vista it doesn't matter! Vista will still boot first. But it is worth trying.
There's no need to reset your BIOS, only you do is to set in your BIOS Setup to boot priority like for example First Boot Priority is your CD/DVD Rom Drive, if you got some Bootable System Disc then the Second Boot Priority is your Hard Disk Drive. Good luck!
That error message just indicates that the syswtem tried to do a network boot and couldn't since it did not detect an Ethernet cable connected to the port.
Apparently your hard disk has died and needs to be replaced or your BIOS settings have changed and your hard disk is no longer in the boot order. Check your BIOS settings to confirm.
Suggest you use an external DVD drive, and put your installation disk in it. Then access the BIOS Setup utility.
In BIOS Setup, find the Boot Order menu. (Generally, along the top headings of the main menu, in BIOS Setup, or located in Advanced BIOS Settings) Set the first boot device to be CDROM. Be sure to Save your change. This way the handheld, will boot from the installation disk, in your external DVD drive.
Should you be trying to downgrade from Vista to XP, you have to change the first boot device, in Boot Order to CDROM. If not, Vista won't let you overwrite it. Vista is an upgrade over XP.