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"no boot device available" on dell computer - help !

I see where others have had the same problem with dell computers but i have not seen a solution.

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  • arawlings Jun 28, 2009

    ok. thanks much for the advice. i will switchout the hdd.

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    JDTec May 11, 2010

    Sounds like your hard drive is bad. try installing the recovery cd, if it does not see the hard drive, then replace it.

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Does the hard drive work in other machines? Have you cleaned out the machine of all of the dust and dirt?

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Hi,

By and large, system files which are missing or infected with viruses can result in a Dell no boot situation. In that case, we can assist you to find the missing DLL files. If by chance, your Dell PC is not booting then we can try to use certain commands to boot in Safe Mode. At times, Windows OS may not allow you to boot in Safe Mode.

Apart from this, Dell no boot issue may occur if the disc drive or a USB drive is in use. This can happen if the bootable device order is modified. To get rid of this issue, we can suggest you to change the bootable device order from BIOS and allow the hard drive to boot along with Windows OS.

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