IBM thinkcenter says no os after installing DVD writer
Did you install a SATA or an PATA (IDE) drive?
First check that the data cables are connected to both the hard drive and the motherboard. (I know that I've frequently had the cables come loose from the motherboard on my ThinkCentre 8433 when I work in the case.) Also check that the power cables are firmly connected.
Next make sure that you have no disc in the DVD writer. (Or enter the BIOS by pressing F1 (IIRC) repeatedly on start up. Make sure that the hard drive is the boot disc.) While in the BIOS, you can check if the hard drive is recognized by the motherboard. If you don't see the disc listed, recheck the data and power cables.
If the hard drive was working before you replaced the dvd drive, you may have changed the master/slave assignment on the drives (if they are both IDE). Remove the drives from the computer and check the jumpers. (These will depend on the manufacturer. Use either cable select or master/slave as needed) The boot drive should have the jumper set to master or cable select. In the case of cable select, the boot hard drive should be connected to the black connector. The slave drive goes to the grey connector.
If you connected a SATA drive, try swapping the SATA ports (SATA 0 or SATA1) that has the optical drive connected to it.
The next thing to try requires either the Windows install or upgrade disc for your version of the OS (including the Service Pack) or a third party partition manager/repair utility disc. You'll need to reset the boot order to boot from the optical drive (or press F12 on starting the computer). Use the Recovery Console (for the Windows disc) to find any existing OS installs on your hard drive and attempt to repair the master boot record or boot sector if it still exists on the drive. Please add a comment with your OS for specifics on using the Recovery Console. (I replaced my WinXP with Win7 and the methods are different.)
You may have been unlucky and had the hard drive fail while you were working in the computer. See if the recovery partition (F10 on boot) still works or use your system image (Rescue and Recovery DVDs) will restore your computer to the last backup. Try doing the restore to a new hard drive if the recovery discs don't work.
I hope this helps. Please add a comment with any comments that will help me give more specific assistance for your missing OS.
Aug 09, 2012 |
IBM PC Desktops