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Ok this is odd. I have a dv2-1030 and every time i put a harddrive in new or use i still get operating system not found. I have tryied installing a new os with no luck because it says there is no drive there and i tried self test to hard drive and its not there. Could the connector go bad on the motherboard.

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  • lifechanging May 16, 2010

    I booted from a usb using both xp and vista. I did figure out that sometimes it will connect but after a while the connection will be lost. im thinking either the connector is bad or something internal is wrong and i know its not the bios/cmos.

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Yes the connector can go bad..

Did you try booting from CD? useing a windows cd?

The cmos may not be setup right, when you first turn it on look for [push f1 to enter setup] maybe f2,

Some time when you unplug a hard drive then turn the computer on it will disable it in cmos

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