Question about E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC
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?
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.
Posted on Sep 01, 2008
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.
Posted on Aug 31, 2008
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This error message
- "No bootable device. Insert boot disk and press any key" means -
The PC cannot see a boot file/disk on either the hard
disk or floppy drive.
Check the floppy drive and remove and floppy disk.
If there was no disk in the floppy drive then it is a hard disk problem.
Check the BIOS to see if the hard disk is detected, if not open the case and re-seat the data cable on the hard drive and also where it connects to the motherboard disk controller.
If it still gives this error message and the BIOS does not detect the hard drive, then the hard drive is probably faulty.
A further check on the hard drive, remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter and connect it to a working computer's USB port, if this computer does not detect it as an external storage device then the hard drive is faulty.
To get the computer working again, install a new hard drive in your computer and then install Windows on the new hard drive plus the computer's device drivers and your programs.
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