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When try to load windows it says cant find drive to load to

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Go to the f12 menu & then select the boot device as hard disk & chk if u r able to boot.....else try chking in system setup if the hard drive is getting detectd....

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Cant flash bios a1410n


Try simple first. When booting, AND BEFORE the XP logo, press f8 repeatedly until you see the boot options menu. If you miss it, you will see the xp loading logo, if so, restart and try again. From the boot menu, try the "boot with last known good configuration" option. If that doesn't fix it, re-boot, f8, and try the "safe mode" option. If it boots with any of these methods, do a full shut down and re-start again normally.
If that doesn't get it to boot normally, I would do the following. (I would, but you should only try this if you have a good understanding of windows and needed programs installing, ram replacement, hard drive repair/replacement and internal computer wiring)
Now, if your computer worked fine, then suddenly started this loop, I dont think it a bios problem. I expect you might have a hardware problem. Did you change any hardware very recently? Sometimes that stops windows from loading. Or, you could try changing the ram and retry, could be bad ram. But I think it is a hard drive issue. I think you will have to reload windows and/or replace the hard drive.
To safeguard your info, you should replace the main hard drive with another drive, load windows fully on it, then add the original drive back in as a slave/secondary drive, and retreive your personal info and files from it. Your needed programs will have to be re-installed on the newer windows drive. When you get all your files copied over (use copy and paste, not cut and paste), you can format the old drive and use it as storage, or just format and keep for the next time, or sell it. I would also run a "drive fitness program" to test it for bad sectors.
Or, if you dont need anything from your windows, you could format and install from the xp install cd. If it loads and runs, the drive is probably ok (I would still test it for bad sectors), or, if it cant load because of errors, the drive is probably bad. Retry with a new drive.

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Windows vista crashed. changed bios to load xp. worked. old files on hidden drive. problem is cant connect to internet. driver files on hidden drive. Now what? Try to find driver and load it?


it seems that correct network drivers are missing. Easiest way is to download the drivers from manufacturors site, transfer them with USB stick and install.

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I have a gateway lb3 500 ancient 98se i tried to load xp pro and it crashed i cant seem to even get a 98 startup disk to work to recover it . how can i recover it to load the xp pro onit


Try running linux on it. Linux will run much better on older hardware. Depending an the specs of the system, it may not be able to handle running windows. Try ubuntu (www.ubuntu.com). If it used to run Windows XP or 98 and it wont now, try checking the hard drive. It may be corrupt. You can find hard drive check tools all across the web, google for drive fitness test by hitachi, it works great. Burn to a disk and boot to it on the older machine and do a full advanced test on the drive.

Dec 07, 2008 | PC Desktops

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My external hard drive wont work on my laptop the light comes on so it is powered but i cant locate it anywhere to access it wen i click on the short cut it just says its unavailable


First of all, The shortcut only works if its connected and if its assighned a different port, then it wont work, so just go ahead and delete that for now.

Right click on " My Computer " and select " Manage" When that opens, select " Disk Management " and on the right side it will show all storage devices such as any plugged in pin drives or network drives or external hard drives.

You should see it there and it has a letter attached to it. I.E. C: for your main hard drive, A: for floppy if you have one, D: is normaly the CD Drive.

Depending on what you have or if your on a network, you should see your hard drive, probably as E: or something different.

If you have had alot of different storage devices connected or network drives, it could be that the drive letter its trying to give your Hard drive has already been issued to something else.

on the right, select the external drive ( be sure thats it, dont go changing you C: drive by mistake )

right click and select ( Change Drive letter )

Then change it to something you know isnt in use like Z: or W:

apply, close and windows should recognize the drive and you should have access to it.

If not, come back and we can go from there.

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Error loading operating system


Firstly have you set your jumpers on your hard drive setting before placing into computer. If not check if the cd rom is on the same cable, if on same cable then change the jumper.

Have you gone into bios and loaded the hard drive. If a new hard drive you will need to detect it in bios first. Then Save and exit.
To go into bios, press f1 or f2 or DEL when you first start computer. Each computer is differentand you'll have to see which you require to press.

After bios is setup, put in your copy of windows xp, or your boot disks and follow instructions to set partition and format drive, then install operating system.

If you are only installing a new secondary drive as a backup, you will still need to detect in bios first. Then load you windows and go to my computer and format the drive using windows.







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Im trying to clean up laptop and want to erase everything then istall the software so it is like an unused fresh computer


have you got the windows xp disk or the windows vista disk . go int the bios and change the boot drive to the dvd drive . and boot from the dvd drive , but be carfull you might need to down load the sound card drivers first ont the modem drivers , just in case windows xp or vista cant find them.

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i am assuming you have allowed the bios to detect that there is a different hard drive fitted as it will be looking to boot from an non existent drive. If you have fitted a new HDD with an operating system already on it then you will have to repair windows as its a change in hardware. If you cant get the bios to see the drive then the motherboard has an IDE or Sata connector problem.

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