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Error loading operating system

Ok, so I wanted to wipe out my hard drive but didnt have a Windows XP installation disk, so I used killdisk. After I burned killdisk onto a cd I stuck it into my computer and restarted like it told me, and it went through the wipe out process and after it was done it said restart. So, I restarted my computer and it shows the blue Dell at first then it turns to a black screen and says Error loading Operating system. I have tried getting into setup, Bios and everything but its not letting me, it keeps going back to the same screen with the error. BTW, after I wiped out my system with killdisk, my brother finally broght over the installation disk, but, even after putting it into the dvdrom, it still doesnt do anything. Please help me!

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  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    I understand that but it wont even let me into Bios, or setup or nothing. I have pushed f12, f3, all of them and it still not working. It keeps going to the black screen with the error message.

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    My Dell is a Laptop. First off, I did mention that info in the Original post. What do you mean does my keyboard light up? No, it doesnt light up.

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    Ok, did it and nothing happened, besides it going back to the black screen with error

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    Ok, so I dont have a usb keyboard, sorry, but, my keyboard on my computer reacts to me pushing buttons, it has a loud beep when I push a button. I am not sure how to take out the hard drive

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    Yeah I tried that one first, but still no help.

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    ok be back in a few

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    Ok, so it went to Windows setup and started loading files. I turned it off and put the hard drive back in.

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    Ok, I tried f2 again but the same thing happened, so I took out the installation disk and removed the hard drive again and when I pushed f2 it came up and said operating system not found.

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    I dont have a usb keyboard but I found one that has a video-s kind of hook up.

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    I did tap it. umm, if you have a diagram of my computer, please look in the back of the computer, there is this connection on back that fits my keyboard. Would that work?

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    nevermind, looked at the end piece on the keyboard wrong. It doesnt have that connection. Sorry.

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    is there nothing else I can do to try to fix the hard drive? Can I just load windows from the optical drive and somehow do something from there, maybe load windows from optical and then after it loads, insert the hard drive back in and hopefully I can get into it without windows shutting down on me? Or anything?

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    I tried the f2, and f12 but no hope. I do appreciate your help. Thanks so much.

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    What do you mean external hard drive? What does one of those look like?

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    I am not sure. I have tried everything. I really needed this computer fixed. Thanks for helping.

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    hey could I put the installation on a thumb drive and try booting off it?

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    I am in Alabama.

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    I actually know someone but, they wont be back in town til Tuesday, and their cell is turned on right now. I just couldnt reboot off the optical drive and and reinstall windows from my thumb drive and then shut the computer down and stick the hard drive back on?

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    I am going to try that. I will let you know what happens. Be back in a few!

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    Ok, so I was trying something, so i pulled the hard drive out and had the thumb drive in, and when the thumb drive was loading windows files, I put the hard drive back in and suddenly the hard drive was located, so right now I am trying to install windows back on it. I will let you know what happens. Be back in a few.

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    So far it is loading Windows, its installing it now. It had to formatt the hard drive first and now its installing Windows. I think this might work. Will give you a final decision when it installs.

  • cbeverly2009 Jun 28, 2009

    ok so it installed but my screen resolution is terrible. It is set on 640 by 480 pixels and it wont move up, and my quality is on lowest (4bit) and when I click the drop down button that is all that is displays. How can I fix this?



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1. The reason it says "error loading operating system" is because kill disk wiped the operating system from off your computer.
2. Now that you have the installation disk, you need to tell the computer to boot from it. For Dells, usually press F12 when the Dell logo appears, and it should bring up a boot menu. Select the optical drive and it should boot. If you do not see a boot menu, go into your computer's BIOS and tell it to look at the optical drive first when booting, then it will boot from the disk.

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    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    So why rate as inappropriate? At least a thanks for trying, or wait until I can respond. This is why people don't like to help other people because they give bad ratings. Please change the rating and I will explore the other avenues with you. In inappropriate rating would be me telling you to throw the thing out.

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    ESPECIALLY since you didn't provide that other information in your original post.

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    Thank you.

    Now, a bit of troubleshooting.

    Does your keyboard light up at all? Is it a wired or wireless keyboard?

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    My apologies; I failed to see it was a laptop.

    Okay, First unplug the laptop and remove the battery for 10 minutes. Put the battery back in and plug it back in. Press the power button and as soon as it lights up tap on the F12 key. Keep tapping all the way until the boot menu displays or it goes to the operating system not found message and report back to me. Thanks.

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    1. Do you have an external USB keyboard available? If so, plug it into an available USB port, see if the keyboard's lights flash when you turn it on and try using the external keyboard to pull up the BIOS or the boot menu. (trying to see why your keyboard isn't working, or if that is the issue)

    2. Try removing the hard drive and, with the hard drive removed, boot the system to see if it will see the optical drive. (trying to see if the operating system not found error is from the hard drive or if there is another problem).

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    Okay, I just pulled your manual up so I can see exactly which keys. On your computer, the F2 key is the key to use to get into system setup. Have you tried that?

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    Here is a picture on how to remove your hard drive. Remove it, and with it still out, turn on the computer and see if it will boot off the CD. Then, after you turn it back off again, put it back in and report back.

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    Okay so now we have verified that indeed the optical drive and the installation disc are working. We just can't get it to boot into BIOS or the boot menu to change the bootup sequence. Have you tried accessing BIOS (F2) again with the hard drive back in? As soon as you press the power button to turn it on press F2 repeatedly, keep tapping it. Also, if it still doesn't work, try it with the hard drive removed and the installation disc removed.

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    It's gonna be one of those lol. It appears that the main problem is the computer is not recognizing the keyboard commands when you first turn it on. Just a few questions:

    1. Are you pressing the F2 key repeatedly from the moment you turn it on until it gives the OS not found screen? I don't mean holding it down, but tapping it dozens of times until the message comes up?

    2.....hmmm....okay I lied only one question :c) I feel however we could solve this if we had another keyboard connected....the keyboard you are using right now, is it a USB keyboard perchance?

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    Yeah, that won't work on your laptop because it doesn't have the port (and I was hoping it did, I looked :c) And question #1 about pressing repeatedly and holding it down? (Sorry to be repetitive but I couldn't ascertain whether or not I was being understood or not or if you had done it repeatedly or just held it down).


  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009 appears I've exhausted all I can do to help at this point. For some reason the computer isn't recognizing the keyboard during the stage that it is looking for a command. And, just to be sure, you are starting to tap it right as soon as you power it on? Try it several times in a row....and, also try alternating between F2 and F12....So, power on, F2, F12, F2, F12, etc...

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    The hard drive is erased. You should, theoretically, be able to boot off the system disk and tell it to reinstall on the hard drive; it will reformat it. But we, for some odd reason, can't tell the computer to boot of the cd drive. We know the cd drive works, and the installation cd works, and it will boot automatically from it. You can't add the hard drive after you've turned on the computer; the computer wouldn't recognize it for one and for two it could damage the motherboard. You could convert the hard drive to an external device using an enclosure and do it that way but I doubt you would have one.

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    Basically, it converts your current hard drive to an external so you can plug it into USB. First, you would remove your hard drive, then remove the drive from the caddy that it is in. Also, there may be a connector on the end of your drive that would need to be removed. Then you get an enclosure like this one, attach your hard drive to it, then plug it into USB. But even if we did that, it doesn't solve the issue as to why we can't access the boot menu or the BIOS and what role killdisk had in that.

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    Though that is possible and certainly worth trying, the problem is the computer checks the hard drive first and when it finds no operating system it stops....which is still perplexing because once it doesn't find one it should go to the next one; kill disk may have wiped the information but it didn't clear the master boot record to show the drive as unformatted. Where are you located?

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    Okay well that's too far for my business :c) If it's really important to get it taken care of, I would hire a professional....NOT GEEK SQUAD.

    Actually, I can hire a tech to come out there and check it out. I'm afraid I can't think of anything else to get your computer to boot of the optical drive.

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    Now you could probably take the hard drive out, put your thumb drive in, boot the installation disc and install windows on your thumb drive (should be at least a 4 GB for this as windows will take nearly 2 GB. Then you could run windows off the thumb drive until your friend gets back in town....putting the hard drive in will just stop the boot process again.

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    Well I'm glad it seems to be working for you....odd though as it seems lol.

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jun 28, 2009

    Now you need to go to Dell's website and download the drivers for your computer. Enter in your service tag number and it will take you to your computer's drivers. That one is the video driver. Also check in your control panel for other drivers like your sound and ethernet (Lan) drivers. You may have to download them onto your flash drive and move them over manually until you get your Lan drivers transferred over.



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