HD crashed, no boot from CD/floppy possible, blue screen
A friend of mine is in dire straights over his laptop and frankly so am i after spending hours on finding a solution for this problem.
The original HD crashed and the system didnt boot anymore and only produced a blue screen saying that system needs to be restarted and checked for virusses and/or remove latest installed hardware.
So first i tried to boot via CD rom to see if i could format and reinstall windows xp but for some reason it doesnt get access to the cd-rom ( i did change boot order in Bios) nor floppy drive.
What is does however is a brief attempt to access but after 2-3 seconds it seems to just give up and switch to the next device in boot order.
Finally it ends up with trying to find a MAC address after which the blue screen appears.
I tried 2 other (100% ok) harddisks; one with and one without operating system. But still no change and no access to CD and still the blue screen.
After that i tried different RAM. a different CPU, cleaned the cooler and inside of the lappie but that didnt help either.
I'm not too sure if this is a hardware problem since the BIOS reckognizes HD's and installed hardware.
This Acer has a full color startup screen so i think the videocard is ok aswell.
The original HD is defect though; i tried it as a slave on a regular PC (since it's a 3.5 Seagate Barracuda) and after checkdisk it did qualify as 'bad'.
Hopefully someone can advise me on how to proceed next.
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Best thing to do is,try to get a Windows 98 cd from a friend who has some computer skills and ask them to temporarily put in a cdrom drive in order to begin the process of repair.You will also need them to hook up a floppy drive in your computer,as you will need the floppy disk,containing the files to load the cdrom drivers and setup files to do the repairs to your windows 98 operating system....if not,you may need to upgrade to windows xp or Vista.Good luck:)
Usually you have to press a key to get it to boot from the disk if it detects a bootable hard drive. So you may just have to watch for a very briekf/quick message and then hit a key to boot from the cd. Had a Toshiba do this to me and I would swear it was less than a 1/4 second for the boot to cd option before it tried to boot from the hd.
If you put the had drive as the last thing it looks for it might help. You should be able to pick from cd, floppy and network card to boot from. On some models you can actually ignore the hard drive when looking for something to boot from.
Past this point you could try booting from a USB stick. You can load the contents of the install cd onto one and there are utilities to help make the stick bootable.
If you can't get anything to behave you may need to yank out the drive and format it on another machine. There are adapters worth maybe $4 that will let you put the drive onto a desktop cable and then format it using that machine. Then stick it back in and install using the cd.
to reset the BIOS, there is a small battery somewhere in your computer. if you unplug it for 3 seconds, it will reset the BIOS. I RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT TRY THIS! get a service professional. If this doesn't work you might need to get a new laptop.
Windows XP does not have the SATA driver on the install CD.
You need to download the SATA driver for your model laptop from the Toshiba WEB support/download page.
If the laptop has floppy drive, then copy the SATA driver to the floppy and when you boot up with the Windows XP install CD and then press F6 to install the SATA drivers which is on the floppy as instructed..
What does it say on the screen. Sometimes it's something as simple as the computer is trying to boot off of a cd or floppy. If you enter setup (probably F2) you can change the boot options to Hard Disk.
for hp laptop they told that this laptopr only support windows vista but if u need to install windows xp u hav to make a sata or scsi drvier disk or cd for making cd u have to download a software call "Nlite" it's a softwaere to make a bootable cd with sata driver or u need to install from floppy u have to perchase or rented usb floppy drvier it's help u....:)
first do one think remove the battery and start the system after getting on press f1or f2 or f12 or del button to enter into the bios screen after coming bios screen set the system to default settings and save and exit the system its restart check its working or not, still same problem remove harddisk and boot from cd -rom it will go for some installation , if it not goes motherboard if it goes harddisk problem
on a friend's Windows 98 SE or Windows ME computer, create a floppy "Startup disk". Insert in your pc floppy drive and turn on. If floppy drive was not accessed, then get to BIOS and ensure "Boot from floppy drive" is set prior to "boot from hard drive". Once at first screen, select "Boot with CD-ROM driver". Insert CD-ROM and initiate entire re-install of Windows. Windows may do some self-restarting. At first restart do this: get to BIOS and ensure "Boot from hard drive" is set prior to "boot from floppy drive".
this is as if you haven't got an installed operating system and requires it to be installed, but you have to enable your cdrom as the first boot device.
Put your O.S disc in and reboot; then press enter to boot up from disc.