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I have an IBM T43. When I try to start it up, it says error loading operating system. What can I do to fix this? Thank You!!

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    Okay. I understand what your saying, but how do I check the BIOS?

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If the laptop provides any error codes (e.g. 0x800ccc0f, 0x800ccc0b etc) when it falls over it's worth researching them online in order to get to the root of the problem as it could be software or hardware. Is it possible to boot up into safe mode (tap function key F8 on boot up until you see a number of options) in order to restore last known good configuration or get into the safe mode operating system and use a system restore point prior to the issue arising. Did the laptop come with a recovery partition on the hard drive or a repair/restore disc or operating system disc as sometimes in a worst case scenario you just have to bite the bullet and reload the operating system after formatting the drive.

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Based off the explanation I would think that either your hard drive is going bad or your have missing or corrupt windows files. The first thing I would do is try to repair Windows with the repair disc, if you have one. If you do not have one the cheapest option would be to go to a pc repair technician and have them reinstall the OS. Any more issues let me know, hope this helps.

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First, you need to check your BIOS to make sure the Hard drive is set as your primary boot drive.

Second, You need to do a complete diagnostic on the hard drive. Many times computers come with a chkdsk option but if not you should be able to make one on a different computer by downloading a disk diagnostic from IBM and putting it onto a bootable CD.

You need to determine if the hard drive is still good before doing anything with the software.

If the hard drive is good try booting into safe mode.

If it still does not load you may need to reinstall the operating system. Depending on the version you can do that without erasing all your files.

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    Daniel Wakefield Apr 11, 2011

    To check the bios: There is usuallly a screen during start up that has a mention of hitting F12, F10, F2 or somthing like that to getting into the BIOS configuration. Some computers show this screen for a few seconds and some are longer. When that screen shows use the appropriate key to enter the configuration area. Then look for the Boot Device priority.

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