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Primary master hdd error

Hello, everytime I boot my nec vera vx laptop running on win98, I get an error:

primary master hdd error
run set up
press f1 to continue...

basically, I've runned the bios setup and set my primary master to autodetect but still the same problem arises. In a series of restarting my laptop using ctr+alt+del. my laptop started to load windows. I've planned to reformat and reinstall windows however, I might get stuck with the same error....

Is there anyone who can help with this problem. thanks a lot.

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Re: Primary master hdd error

It sounds like to me that the battery that is used to back up the NVRAM is going.
This also called your CMOS battery.

Posted on Dec 29, 2007

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Operating system not found

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getting the error "operating system not found" means that the hard drive where the Operating System is installed (i.e. Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7), Cannot be found by you BIOS upon the boot sequence.

When you turn the PC/Laptop, you normal see a screen that flashes flashes with screen that displays the ff:

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Primary Slave:
Secondary Master:
Secondary Slave:

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Older dell latitude cpx running XP. yesterday after loading firefox and a few mozzilla add ons .. today I boot to error 0 no primary hard disk found.. bios says no hdd installed ????

Hello, Jay.

Well, as the message indicates, your hard disk drive is failing or failed. Try running your diagnostics to verify (boot and press F2 or F12 repeatedly).

If the hard drive is failing, see if someone locally can help to retrieve your documents and other files by removing the drive and setting up the drive as a slave drive on another computer.

The drive would then need to be replaced. Price the same type of drive but it may not be cost-effective to use another drive in this computer.

Hope this helps.

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I was working on my Dell Latitude D610 last night and this morning; I left it running while I went out for a few errands. When I came back, everything had shut down and I am now getting this error message...

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As long as the bios can "see" your hard drive it is still good.

from here you have 2 options.
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Locked Laptop

This is from a factory repair and maintenance manual for Acer Aspire Laptops. It may work for you.

Forgotten Hard Disk Password
When the user keys in the wrong password three times, an error message appears. The user must now reset
the password.
1. Make a note of the error code that is displayed with the error message.
2. Run unlock6.exe from the DOS prompt in the following format:
unlock6 XXXXX 00
(XXXXX = HDD password error code, 00 = CRC base - default is 00)
3. Select Upper case ACSII Code from the screen that appears. The HDD master password is displayed.
Make a note of this password.
4. Reset your system. When the Enter Primary Master HDD User Password prompt appears, enter the
password you made a note of in step 3.
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The user can reset a BIOS password using the clnpwd.exe utiility.
1. Copy clnpwd.exe to a DOS boot up disk (or flash drive).
2. Boot your system in DOS mode.
3. Execute clnpwd.exe from the boot up disk (or flash drive).
4. Press 1 or 2 to reset the required password as shown on screen.
5. A confirmation message appears when the process is successful.

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When I am trying to boot up my Laptop ''Packard Bell Easynote'' I get the following message: Resource Conflict - Allocation error static node #0B Warning: Cannot Unlock Primary HDD Press Enter to resume....

you can fix that problem with your own. press f2 and then correct the time and date, then press f10. I f you got same problem again change the cmos battery then do it again.

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What you may have to do is
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  2. boot with cdrom support
  3. at the prompt change to cd drive E:\ (press enter)
  4. at the E:\ prompt type cd Win98 (press enter)
  5. at the E:\Win98 prompt type format C:\ (press enter)
  6. confirm all data will be erased
  7. reboot with floppy in and at the a:\ prompt run FDISK to see if the full size of the hard drive is available. (option 4)
  8. If everything is normal exit fdisk reboot with floppy, choose with cdrom support, type in the cdrom drive letter (usually e) and cd Win98(change directory Win98)
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