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Computer won't boot

Not sure what happened but computer won't boot. after bios screen, it says no bootable device--insert boot disk and press any key. I can't find any boot disk? any other options?

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  • dmetria Aug 31, 2008

    i can't get to ms-dos prompt. it says no bootalbe device--insert boot disk and press any key. Can't do anything except see that or go to bios. anything i can do from bios? or another way to get to ms-dos? I don't have any manuals.

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You can locate your CMOS near the battery (coin-like thing) in your mainboard. You may use a magnifying lens to read the letters in your mainboard to see it. Usually it consists of three-pins, with two of these pins connected by a jumper cap and the other bare. Remove the jumper cap, ground the bare pin to the next pin using a flathead screwdriver and reinstall the jumper cap to its original location. See if you can now access your hard disk.

If this doesn't work, remove your hard disk and inspect the circuits underneath for some black, burn marks. The hard disk circuits may have been busted. You need to replace the hard disk then.

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It is possible that your hard disk has some damaged files to allow booting. You will need a bootable CD to make it work, at least up to displaying the MS-DOS prompt. If the MS-DOS prompt shows (e.g. c: ) where you can see a blinking horizontal line, depending on what OS you use, you may type "scandisk" or "chkdsk" to let the software repair the problem. You may then reboot and see if it works.

Another option is to clear the CMOS (refer to your mainboard manual on how to do it). Usually, this is located near your mainboard battery.


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