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T5026 crashed ... i think.. no cds

I moved my tower to another room, set it up, put in my password and the screen was stuck there. I restarted the computer and it starting making a clicking noise and then the screen said no hard drive found. Now it asks for a boot disk but I can't find any of my cds. Am I out of luck? How can this happen. I was just using the computer fine before I moved it to another room. What can I do?

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  • dmetria Aug 28, 2008

    Bunnydawg, I don't know what kind of drive. I'd say whatever is standard in the Emachine. Sorry I wasn't more helpful. I looked on the tower but didn't see anything.

  • dmetria Aug 28, 2008

    ok, I will check all plugs. It comes on and the "e" comes on the screen and then it goes to the black screen with the error messages and message to insert boot disk. I'll try again and update in a few. Thanks for your help. As luck would have it, my warranty expired March 18, 2008.

  • dmetria Aug 28, 2008

    Naw, didn't work. Still says "no bootable device. Insert boot disk and press any key". Any other thoughts? Oh, it was making a clicking noise before. I didn't hear it this time.

  • dmetria Aug 28, 2008

    yes, if I press F2. what do i look for

  • dmetria Aug 29, 2008

    Robert, I'm am so appreciative of the time you are spending to help me. Okay, I found the screen (I think) and for Primary Master it says TSSTcorpCD/DVDW-ATAPI and for Primary Slave it says GCR-8483B-ATAPI.

    Use Automatice Mode is set to

    I did see that Max CPUID value limit is set to disable. The sidebar says "this should be enabled in order to boot legacy OSes that cannot support CPUs with extended CPUID functions. Should I switch that to

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    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    the drive may have failed.... are you able to get into the bios to see if the drive is detected ?


  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    recheck all the items plugged into the computer to make sure they are connected properly. i presume it stops before you can try booting to safe mode ?

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    there are alot of reasons a hard disk will fail. is it a maxtor drive by chance ?




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The first entry.... where you can set the time but also detect the hard drive.... make sure it is set to auto detect.... also is the drive shown as master or slave and it will tell you the brand and model number if it detects it.

half way to a solution if it is detected properly


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