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.
If not, download a Linux Live CD. Boot your machine with it, save all your data to an external drive and then do a complete disk format and re-install. That will be quicker in the long run.
Not sure about that PC, but on Dell, for example, you hit CTRL-F10 (I think) at power-on and it gives you the option of reinstalling the OS from the recovery partition (wiping any unbacked-up data in the process).,,Gateway is probably similar.
The Boot/BCD issue means your 'Boot Configuration Data' is hosed.
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
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.