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Operating system wont load?

Computer freezes at start up. the screen where to choose an operating system. stuck there?
wont boot from rom drive disk either

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  • ionianibanez Mar 11, 2008

    hey thanks. i actually got the computer to boot. i guess there is a problem with the bios when a printer is added. i flashed it and now its working great. reformat would of been the next thing i tried.

    thanks again

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    won't recognize operating system CDs or DVDs.

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Hey if i reinstall my windows the hp recovery hard drive have the drivers inside? or i have to download the drivers for this pc and burn them in a cd and after reinstalling install the drivers ethernet video audio etc :D ?

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Hmmm..now..that's not too good..perhaps you need to reformat that drive? or you may find that motherboard is not seeing either item?

got a backup on that disk, I hope..

Posted on Mar 09, 2008

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HOW TO DETECT THE CD ROM USING PHOENIX ROM BIOS PLUS VERSION 1.10 A02


The BIOS information is typically found at or near the top of the POST screen for a very short time ALR PC non / PCI = CTRL+ALT+ESC AMD advanced micro devices=BIOS = DEL Award BIOS = DEL Dtk Datatech Enterprises Co. BIOS = ESC Phoenix BIOS = CTRL+ALT+S Phoenix BIOS = CTRL+ALT+INS Restart your computer during the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key usually Delete or F2 to enter setup
this will differ depending on which bios you have Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS Restart your computer During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup usually the Delete or the F2 key Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS the using arrow key scroll down to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart note this will erase you operating system you will have to have an operating system disk to load it onto you hard drive or create a partition to load another operating system (note after you have loaded the operating system you should go back and change the first boot device to your failsafe or optimized defaults) after windows has loaded your computer will automatically restart it might restart 2 times one to finish the installation the next will be because the operating system is loaded and will boot from your cd during the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS using the arrow keys load failsafe defaults or load optimized defaults press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart otherwise it will keep booting from the cd /dvd drive

If the cd rom is not being detected ?

Click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager scroll down cd-dvd rom drives you might see a yellow question /exclamation mark ? ! or a red X right click to update driver You might have to physically unplug the leads for this cd/dvd computer then plug them back in restart your this should activate the found new hardware wizard. If this does not fix the problem it might be a registry problem "you only need to do the following" if you cant see your disk drive in windows explorer Close all open programs Click on Start, Run, and type regedit and press Enter Click on the plus signs (+) next to the following folders HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Control Class {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} This folder is the DVD/CD-ROM Drive Class Description in the registry. Look for any of the following names in the right hand column. Upper Filters Lower Filters Upper Filters.bak Lower Filters.bak If any of the above keys shown in step 4 are listed, right-click on them and choose Delete

After deleting the keys, close the registry editor
Reboot your computer
Open My Computer and check to see if your CD or DVD drives have returned. You may also want to open Device Manager and verify that the yellow exclamation and error code on the CD or DVD drive is gone.

Feb 28, 2013 | PC Desktops

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NTLDR is missing?


A missing NTLDR is a common start up error that can appear on the screen while booting a computer running a Windows operating system. This error may occur due to number of reasons.

NTLDR is short for Windows 'NT LoaDeR'. It's entirely involved in the loading of the operating system.

Many times this error is caused when the computer is attempting to boot from a non-bootable floppy disk/hard drive that contains no operating system or CD-ROM drive. Firstly what you've got to to is press the Delete key multiple times as your computer boots up until it displays the BIOS screen. Then you will need to find the boot disk priority setting. Make sure this is set to your drive that has Windows on it (as priority 1) and not the CD-ROM drive/stiffy drive or empty hard drive. You can set the CD-ROM/DVD-Rom drive to priority 2 if you like.

Once you have checked that and have set it to your master/primary hard drive (the one that you've installed Windows onto), save and exit the BIOS and on reboot your system should boot into Windows normally.

If you only have one hard drive and the boot disk priority 1 is set to it and you still get this message, then it means that your NTLDR is either corrupted or missing. In the BIOS you will need to change boot disk priority 1 to your CD/DVD drive. Once this is done save and exit the BIOS.
As the PC reboots insert your Windows install disk and let it load.

Hit [R] when prompted if you need to repair system files and then [C] at the 'Welcome to Setup' screen to start the Recovery Console. This will let you copy NTLDR from the CD to C:\

If this fails then you will need to install a fresh copy of Windows on your system. All is not lost though as you can still save your data that is trapped on the NTLDR missing hard drive. If you are not quite seasoned with computers and electronics then this is the job for a PC technition. Simply take your PC down to your local Computer store and explain your situation (Don't forget to take your original Microsoft Windows with you). They will back up your data, re-install Windows and the put all your data back on for you.

on Nov 15, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Windows wont boot past the first xp screen restarts again and again in a loop and pressing f8 doesnt work wont le


In that case, place your System disk in the DVD/CD drive after setting the BIOS to CD ROM first boot and boot the machine choosing repair system from the menu.
Hope this helps.

Dec 30, 2010 | MPC Computers ClientPro 365 PC Desktop

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My computer has a black screen and says "Reboot and select Proper Boot device or insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and Press a key." Im not that computer savy. Help!


Your computer tries to load an Operating System from several devices:
* the 'A:' diskette
* the 'C:' disk-drive
* the 'D:' CD-ROM
* any USB device
* via your network-port, "talking" to a "boot-server" on your network.

What probably has happened is that you have no disk in 'A:', and no disk in 'D:', and your disk-drive in 'C:' could *NOT* be read, i.e., your disk-drive has "died", and so your computer says "insert media".

Take your computer to a qualified technician, for complete trouble-shooting.

Oct 23, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Windows error code, my computer starts up gets to windows sign in screen you sign in and it turns back off. when I press the F5 key and try to boot from hard disk cd-rom or the other option it wont let me...


Please tap F8 continuously as the machine first boots up
Choose safe mode from the menu
Then click on start and all programs
Click on accessories and then system tools
Click on system restore and choose an earlier time
Choose a date before this started

Sep 07, 2009 | PC Desktops

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I have an Acer Labtop 4620z When I turn it on it Freezes after The Desk top Loads... HELP.. Won't let me connect .. virus disks freeze as well ???


Before the desktop tries to load, hit the F12 key a few times until the boot choices menu loads on the screen. Choose to load it in "safe mode with networking"
Once the computer starts up, find all your data, music, pictures you want to save, and back them onto a CD, or external hard drive.
Next, shut off the computer, restart it, and hit the delete, or F2 keyseveral times until it loads the "setup" page. Once you are in the setup page, you need to find the choices for what boots first.
Choose to boot from the CDROM drive. Save the settings. Insert the recovery CD into the drive. shut the PC off. Restart the PC, once the recovery CD starts, then follow the on screen prompts to reinstall the operating system etc.
If this does not work then you have hardware failure of some kind, and need to have someone local look at it, and figure it out from there.

Jul 08, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Computer will not load system recovery disc that came with it all it does is freeze up @ a please wait screen


Try another bootable disk, such as came with your anti-virus app. If it reads that disk ok, try cleaning the recovery disk. If neither will work, you may have a bad CD Rom drive. You are starting the computer from the CD, correct? Will windows boot into safe mode using F-8 at startup?

May 17, 2009 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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Replacing with harddrive 40GB


Did you simply swap hard drives? "Couldn't find NTLDR" basically means the PC cannot find any version of Windows installed because the boot file is missing. This could be because you have a CD in the drive or the hard drive is missing or broken.


If you put in a new hard drive to replace your older smaller one you need to reinstall Windows on that new 40GB drive or it just won't work. If you have some PC Tech friends they should be able to move the data which is tricky or help you out.

Mar 18, 2009 | Compaq Presario 5000 PC Desktop

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Os instalation will not load


Hi Dobssand, the most common reason for a CD-ROM (With a Windows CD in it) does not start to load is the motherboard's bios is not set correctly. While in the bios go to the title Boot & enter boot order. This is a common boot order for a PC.
1st boot device = [Floppy disk drive]
2nd boot device = [CD-ROM drive] (Model number of the CD-ROM drive).
3rd boot device = [Primary Hard Disk Drive] (Model number of drive).

Second most common reason is the data cable to the CD-ROM drive is loose or not fully connected either at the CD-ROM or at the motherboard. (Check it).
If you choose not to enter your bios, you can still get the CD-ROM drive to boot the Win CD in this fashion. Load the Win CD into the CD-ROM drive. Power off the system. Than power on the system & start to press the F8 key once every two seconds. Windows "Please select boot device:" window will open. Using your keyboards up & down arrow keys high-light the CD-ROM drive that has the win CD in it & press the enter key. Windows should start to load. If you receive an error message stating windows can not find your hard disk drive. Than you must enter your bios & go to the title Boot. Your hard disk drive is not listed in the boot order section. Worst case! Your hard disk drive may be faulty. Find the manufactures name printed on a large white sticker on once side of the HDD. Go to the manufactures web site & download their drive setup software so you can create a bootable floppy disk. This will allow you to check/test the HDD & format it for a windows installation.

Or is this not the issue you are having?

Good luck!
Mike

Sep 26, 2008 | PC Desktops

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No operating system


start ur computer

hit delete to enter setup

go to the second title of the setup ( i forgot wats called heh..)

go to first boot device and choose cd rom

exit saving changes and restart ur pc

u will see the phrase ( hit any key to boot from cd)

hit any key and start the installation.

ps: try to get windows xp sp2 ...its good

Nov 13, 2007 | Compaq Presario 5000 PC Desktop

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