I NEED TO GET MY COMPUTER TO BOOTUP...IT LOST THE OS .... I CAN'T FIND MY DISC AT THE MOMENT....WE JUST MOVED... I GUESS I LOST EVERYTHING, BUT I WILL BE HAPPY JUST TO GET IT GOING AGAIN, AND I WILL REINSTALL DRIVERS OR WHATEVER BUT I NEED TO GET IT GOING WITHOUT THE DISC...IT'S A GATEWAY MX6442 ...THANKS
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This may vary depending on your laptop make and model. The standard method for reformatting any PC (Desktop or laptop) is to insert your manufacturer provided Operating System disc into the CD/DVD ROM. Your submission says this is a Dell laptop so the moment you turn on the computer begin pressing F12 to trigger the one time boot menu. Insert the Operating System disc into the computer while you are at the menu then select boot to CD/DVD ROM (the actual choice will vary depending on your hardware). Since you presumably have an Operating System installed you may need to interact with the boot to cd/dvd to make sure that you do indeed boot to the disc. Once you have booted to the disc follow the on screen instructions to format the system and re-install your Operating System
This indicates that it cannot find an Operating System or further more a drive to boot from with the OS on it. You can try Holding the Option/alt key down at bootup to see if it gives you any boot options.Here is a list of a few other scenarios you can attempt : 1. Insert the software that came with the machine, then restart the computer while holding the C key. (If you do not have the Install desk at least perform the Safe Boot in #2 below.) a. The computer should start up from the disc...then b. Choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu.(Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.) c. Click the First Aid tab. d. Select your Mac Operating System volume. e. Click Repair. Disk Utility should now check and repair the disk.2. Then Safe Boot , (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when it finishes.
Get a recovery disc for your computer (OS or a partitioning/utlity tool). You need to find out if you lost the MBR (the where is the OS information), the partition, or if the hard disc failed.
It's very likely that any repair attempt may reformat your hard disc. So consider a Live CD rescue tool and backing up if you haven't been consistently doing so. (Attach a USB hard drive or external optical drive for the backup data.)
Good luck and I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (who has a computer smart relative who reformatted the computer without salvaging the data to find out the hard drive was failing and that was why it lost the MBR the first time.)
Try Safe Mode. Press F8 key during bootup and you will be presented with a black screen with multiple choices. Select "Safe Mode". This will load Windows with minimal drivers and with admin login option. If you can log in as administrator then create a new account in the Control Panel. Restart the computer and shut down. If it shuts down correctly then you are half way there, windows OS is not to badly corrupted. Boot up and if it comes up normally select the new profile you created.
If this does not work, then you will have to repair the system files, for which you will need a OS CD or restore disk.
Insert your bootable OS software disc in the CD/DVD drive and boot from the ROM. Run checkdisk and then try to repair the OS from the original OS disc, it should give you a chance to start the PC after that continue as per instructions on the screen...................sodeep