I have Advent T100. It does not boot up all that happens is the hard drive spins I have checked the power and it always has 12v supply to the motherboard. A few times the fans have spun for about 5 seconds, if this hapens when they lose power so does the hard drive but the motherboard still has 12v power to it and through the cable to the motherboard plug. Is the motherboard at fault?
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By pressing DEL can you enter the BIOS setup screen? If so, can you see the hard drive designated? It is usually in the initial screen where it lists all recognized peripherals, including your DVD drive and (hopefully) your hard drive.
The Windows setup process did not assign drive letter C: to the hard drive during the Windows XP/2000/NT installation process. WHY did this happen?
During the installation of Windows XP (2000 and NT use the same process) after a BLANK hard disk drive has been installed in the system, the setup process does not AUTOMATICALLY assign drive letter C: to the HDD. This can happen because an existing hard drive partition was not detected by setup and one of the following:
1. There is a Media Card Reader in the system 2. There is a Zip Drive in the system 3. There is a USB Flash Drive connected to the system 4. There is a USB Printer connected to the system that has a media card reader 5. There is an External Hard Drive connected to the system
If, any of these devices are in the system, setup will assign drive letter C: to one of these devices and then the hard disk drive (HDD) ends up with drive letter H or such. The boot drive letter in and of itself is not a big deal. Anyone with a multi-boot system like mine at home is familiar with non-C: boot drives and they per se cause no problems (You just have to know the drive letter of your boot drive).
To prevent this from happening, boot to your Windows CD and run the setup thru the creation and formatting of the hard drive. Power the system off manually, then restart the Windows installation. The partition you created on the last install will be detected and assigned drive letter C:
sounds like hard drive dead or your boot files corrupted and your hard drive has no input power. could be power unit weak or your hard drive could have died..they do wear out.
do you hear any fans spinning? there are fans to keep your pc cool. one big one for chasis and one small on over processor chip(heatsink). if the smaller fan(especially) does not spin then PC will not boot because chip will heat up and break if no fan. system will protect itself from this by not starting. open chasis and check if small fan is working. if not this is cheap fix. if it spins then hard drive or graphics card may be bad, which gets more expensive. shop will charge average of $75 dollars to analyze-just to tell you what is wrong, not to fix it.
If it happens that you are prompted by the following error message "DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER", "No system disk", it means that the computer did not find the operating system to start (boot).
A diskette or CD has remained in the drive
Check out if any diskettes, CD-ROM or DVD-ROM are present in respective drives, remove them and restart your computer
The boot sequence is incorrect BIOS
Enter the BIOS setup of your computer and edit the boot (boot sequence) so that the computer starts primarily on drive C: A new hard drive was installed
In the case that a new hard drive has been installed, this message is quite normal. Just insert the correct CD to install the system (usually Windows), then restart, while making sure the CD-ROM is first in the defined in the BIOS setup as first boot sequence. The hard drive is unplugged
Open the system unit and check that power cable of the hard drive is properly connected. Corrupted system files
It may happens that some system files needed to boot the computer have been deleted /damaged or that the boot sector of the disc is damaged.
To determine this, start the computer with a system disk or CD-ROM installation of Windows (via the Recovery Console), and once started, type Dir C: to check if the contents of drive C: are accessible. If its ok then the problem comes from missing or damaged files, then you just have to run the command:
fdisk /mbr sys c:
Note that before any restoration of the boot sector with the command fdisk / mbr, (supposing that there is a virus), it is recommended to use an antivirus running under DOS, such as f-prot. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/166454/en-us http://support.microsoft.com/kb/69013/en-us Damaged disk
If the hard disk or a partition is damaged: If it detected in the BIOS setup, there is a chance that it is not out of service. If it is, try reinstalling the system through the installation CD, in order to reformat or recover the partition using a utility.
Hi, not sure exactly what you are describing here; you are I believe using dual operating systems? There does seem to be a conflick, causing niether operating sytems to bootup correctly. I will give you the procedure to delete and install one operating system, if this is not what you wish, can you come back to me?
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To install new version of XP. Insert XP CD into drive,
reboot pc pressing ESC button, or delete in
some machines. This takes you into BIOS, change your primary boot device to
CDrom, save changes and reboot. Select boot from CD once this appears and wait
for files to be installed. Select the part of the hard drive you wish to use
for your operating system (usually the largest) and select partition this
drive. Delete any previous os, and reformat hard drive. (Be aware this removes
everything saved on your hard drive, so always back up first) Re boot
afterwards and reinstall of operating system will commence automatically (do not select boot from CD here).
If there is no HDD or any other boot device the BIOS will always be present. This problem occurs if you haven't installed any Operating System on the HDD. So when the computer is booting it finds no booting device files and that's why showing error message. Format your HDD and install OS to boot smoothly. But if you have HDD with OS still this error happening then it might be a reason of corrupt system files which are required during booting or it may be the case that your HDD is damaged and cannot boot from there. If your HDD is damaged and still showing on the BIOS it may happen because it is detecting as a device but the as the device is damaged is cannot boot from it. Check these steps to solve your issue.
The FIRST thing you need to try, is disconnecting ALL un-necessary devices from the PC... Leaving only 4: Power cable, Monitor cable (unless the screen is built in... I didn't look up your model), Keyboard, and Mouse.
Try booting... We are attempting to determine if any other devices (iPod, Printer Etc.) are interfering with the standard boot process...
If that does not resolve the issue (it likely won't if nothing has been connected to the PC recently), you most likely have corruption on the hard drive's boot sectors... In English: the computer cannot find Windows' boot-up files...
There are SEVERAL ways to fix that hard drive problem without losing your data, but I must insist you let a professional handle that... 1 word: LIABILITY
One last thing... If the PC is SO old, that it has a floppy disk drive... Make certain there are no floppies in it... the PC will try and read that instead of your hard drive.
you either have the boot priority in the bios off or you have improperly cabled your hard drive . perhaps you set it to boot to cd while installing the operating system and forgot to change the order back.
The floppy drive does not have to be present for the system to boot (if set to "not installed" in bios)
your boot devices are your cd/dvd rom and your harddrive.
Seeing as you've recently replaced the power supply , ime assuming you didnt dismantle the whole computer , just the power leads coming from the power supply, which means you only moved power , not data cables.
This would be the first thing to check -- power to the harddrive and cd rom, the 4 pin connector that sometimes connects to the motherboard and any data cables you might have bumped while changing the power cables. check these things and post here again.
In computers, any number of problems can cause this - bad RAM, bad hard drive, fried voltage regulator(chip in a laptop), overheating cpu, overheating video card/gpu, there are even a few device drivers that can do this if they become corrupt. Usually, however, its not an issue with the power supply/power source.
I would try swapping the RAM with new(or known good) sticks. Also, make sure the system is clean, and no dust has built up in it, especially in/around the fans.
If the RAM swap is unsuccessful, and the system is clean, check and make sure the fans spin when the system is on.
Power down the system, disconnect the data and power cable from the Hard Drive, and turn the computer back on - you won't get into the OS, but you'll be able to determine if the issue occurs w/o the hard drive connected.
Ultimately, it may come down to a bad motherboard.