My nephew sent me his laptop. he said it was working ok when he mailed it to me but when I turned it on, it gave me a message that there was a non-system disk error. I called him and he said it must have come lose when shipping it to me. How to I fix it?
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Re: non system disk error
Well i can say that your nephew is correct.
I should open it up and just look for lose cables.
Usally the screws are easy enough to spot.
make sure that you are grounded when you open it up, for example touch a element before you start working, dont touch your hair etc.
Hopefully its just a cables or else the hardware has gone broken.
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Working off of my experience with a computer with a flaky power connection to the hard drive and when the drive fails to spin up there no operating system to read. I get the same message. Reach in, jiggle a wire and restart and it's good to go.
You either have a failed hard drive or it is not spinning up, or the operating system on the drive is unreadable due to corruption.
If your hard disk can detect on BIOS Setup,There is a problem on your hard disk. Whether the installed OS is corrupted or the hard disk itself have bad sectors. Sometimes Master Boot Record (MBR) issue. Try to make fresh install of OS
The error PXE-E61: Media test failure usually means the hard diskhas failed or the hard disk needs re-seating or the disk controller is faulty.First - re-seat the harddisk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot andgo into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If itdoesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty.Then the hard drive needsto be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer orlaptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioningcomputer/laptop again.
Check that your cmos mother board battery has not gone flat it should have 3 volts or more when tested .(it is a small coin sized battery on the motherboard not the actual laptop power battery) .this battery keeps the cmos time and settings if it goes flat then settings like time and enable disable and other functions can be affected
I also had problems with a refurbished Magellan 4250. The paperwork inside said to install the 4.85 firmware update which I found would not work with Windows XP Home at least for me. I used my laptop which has Vista Ult 32 bit it updated with no problem that is so far the only solution I used.
This error can be a couple of things. If the "boot block" on the disk has become faulty, the system won't recognize that the disk has an operating system on it and will generate this error message. If the disk is defective completely, the same error will occur. If you have a boot floppy or CD, try re-writing the boot block on the disk. If that fails to resolve the problem, the disk is defective and will need to be replaced.
Don't worry regarding that the issue regarding the display could be probably you try changing the brightness when you are plugged with you power supply and regarding the non system disk error may at that point of time the system has taken both the hard disk and dvd drive as master that is the reason you have got this message if this repeats then please provide me the serial no. and product no of the notebook and where do you live so that i'll guide you.