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I have a bad hard drive due to a virus that ate up my laptops boot system..

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Time to reformat the drive..hope you got backup?

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There are many things to be considered by having a problem with your boot up. First common factor is infected with the virus of your operating system or corrupted, then possible your hard disk drive is having a mechanical trouble due to improper shut down or by hanging up. If this is the case, you have to reformat your computer operating system and or change you hard disk drive in order to fix the said problem.

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Screen says "No bootable device --please restart system

The "no bootable devices found" error can create headaches, as well as occasional heartache if you're a laptop user.
This error appears when your computer is unable to find a device or file required for normal operation. It could indicate one of three issues: hard drive failure, software error or motherboard malfunction.
Any of these potential problems can render your laptop useless.
Hard drive failure or software errors can lead to data loss, which can cause anguish and catastrophe, depending on the files business information, family photos, student projects at risk.

Hard Drive Failure
The interior of a hard drive is akin to a turntable.
Most hard drives contain two to three discs, known as platters, which are similar to records. These platters are read and written on by a tiny needle called the read/write head, similar to the arm and needle on a turntable.
When a hard drive functions properly, the platters spin and the read/write head accesses the files necessary to boot your computer.
Improper function of any of these physical pieces can cause a mechanical failure and result in the "no bootable devices" error.
Software Error In rare instances, a software problem more specifically, a particularly nasty virus may cause the "no bootable devices" error. Most often, if a virus attacks and corrupts your system, your computer can still detect the hard drive and operating system, and you'll see some attempt at a normal boot. If a virus attacks certain system and startup files, however, they may not be detectable next time you boot your computer, thus causing you to see "no bootable devices." This may also happen if you are manually deleting files from your computer and accidentally delete system files. Motherboard b> Sometimes individual components of your laptop's motherboard malfunction, which can cause problems ranging from loss of wireless capabilities to inability to detect an external power source. If the components that detect your hard drive fail, your laptop is unable to receive signals from the hard drive and therefore may display the "no bootable devices" error. b> Repair b> Fixing a "no bootable devices" error can prove costly. If motherboard failure caused the error, you're probably better off purchasing a new laptop; unless it's under warranty; the average motherboard replacement costs $250 to $500. You can reinstall your operating system to resolve software errors, which is fairly inexpensive by computer repair standards, costing $80 to $130 dollars, but this step may also overwrite your existing data. In some cases, data may prove so badly corrupted it's not salvageable. If you can recover it, however, that raises your repair costs. additional fee. If hard drive failure caused your "no bootable devices" error, you can replace the drive. If you need to recover data from a malfunctioning hard drive, send it to a clean room for recovery. In a clean room, technicians disassemble your hard drive and image each platter; this kind of data recovery is extremely expensive, costing up to $2000 depending on the work involved. b> Prevention b> There is no way to guarantee you will never receive a "no bootable devices" error, but there are some steps you can take to help prevent it from happening. Keep your laptop on a flat surface when using it, and avoid any bumps that may cause the hard drive's read/write mechanism to lock up. Avoid transporting your laptop while the hard drive is active; turn your computer off while traveling. Additionally, regularly run an anti-malware program to catch and remove viruses or spyware before they cause system problems.

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My computer is unable to boot in any of the options, what do i do?

Booting problems with your laptop occur when the computer gets infected by a virus or when there are underlying hardware problems.You can use several troubleshooting techniques before taking the laptop to a service center for repair.

1. Turn on the laptop without pressing the power button too long, to prevent it from turning on and then turning off. Also make sure that the laptop has enough battery power to boot up.

2. Unplug any external drives connected to the computer. These include flash drives, external hard drives or any CD or DVD in the optical drive. Listen closely as you boot the computer. If the laptop is emitting ticking sounds and refuses to boot up at all, the hard drive or another internal component may be damaged. Consider bringing your laptop to a service center.

3. Turn on your computer and boot to "Safe Mode" or "Last known good configuration" if the computer powers on but displays an error before it boots the operating system. If this is the case, the laptop may be infected with a virus.

4. Use the "System Restore" feature in Windows to restore the operating system to an earlier time. Note, however, that this will not work for those whose computers have the "System Restore" feature disabled. Click "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools," and then "System Restore." When the dialog box appears, click on the box for "Restore my computer to an earlier time," and then "Next." Select the restore point that you want and follow further instructions.

5. Resolve a "blue screen" problem. This error screen appears before booting, and is caused by several factors such as virus infection or hardware failure. Read the error message to determine what factor caused the problem. The error message should include troubleshooting tips.

6. Consider repairing the operating system if the computer does not boot at all. This procedure will repair the operating system without erasing your data and settings. Access the Resource list for instructions on how to repair Windows.

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"windows will shut down in 30 seconds, please save your work ...

By the information provided by you, it seems like the issue may be Hardware related.

Restart the computer and press F5 and boot Computer to Safe Mode. Check if the Computer is still restarting.

If the issue still persists, try reinstalling the Operating System. However, if the issue still persists then it confirms that it is Hardware related.

If the Computer does not restart in Safe Mode, then the issue is with one of the Driver or any recent program or Virus. Try reinstalling the Drivers and uninstall any new new programs installed. Also scan the Computer for Virus.

You can also happen due to the presence of bad sectors in the Hard Drive. In the Safe mode, try performing Disk fragmentation to remove bad sectors and check if it resolves the issue.

If the issue is Hardware related, then the part that has to be replaced is Hard Drive. This is because, the Computer is booting to the OS. Hence it is completing POST and indicates all the other essential components are working.

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make sure when you load up off of the windows cd that you allow the operating system to wipe out the hard drive and then after that let it install. This way you make sure the hard drive is cleared out off all viruses and it can install without anything interfering.

If you did this and it still is coming up with a dll file missing then I would suggest trying another hard drive in the computer cause that means your hard drive has bad sectors on it.

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may be your hard drive has a bad sector.

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