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    Operating System Not Found

    Tonight I got out my old laptop (O/S Win98) to access something not on my new laptop (O/S Win XP). Hadn't used it for 3-4 months. It's been stored in its traveling case. When I turned it on the BIOS screens would work, but after that a black screen came up with "Operating System not found" in small white letters appeared. The computer in reaching that screen made more than usual hardware clicking/clunking sounds. Anyone recognize the symptoms? I tried turning the computer on and off several times, but except for one time when the message was "IO error. Remove disk," the same "Operating System not found" message comes up.

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    Re: Operating System Not Found

    Chech to see if there is a diskette in the diskette drive or a CD in the CD drive.
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    Re: Operating System Not Found

    Alas, there is no disk or CD in the drives.

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    Re: Operating System Not Found

    It certainly sounds like the hard drive is not connected internally or that something has corrupted your boor sector. Can you boot with a floppy/CD and get anywhere? I'd try booting with a DOS floppy and attempting to change over to the C: drive at a DOS prompt (by just enter C: at the prompt).

    Much as I hate to say it, this has the smell of a dead hard drive. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Operating System Not Found

    And after you boot with the DOS floppy, as Mark suggests, run FDISK and select VIEW to see what it says. If the HDD is truly dead, FDISK will probably say there is no drive.

    If that does turn out to be the case, and you're gonna either have to replace the drive or re-install the OS anyway, you might want to try FDISK /MBR to see if it will "repair" the master boot record.

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    Re: Operating System Not Found

    Then that says that the BIOS can not find a boot program on your hard drive. There are several possibilities:

    1- The CMOS hardware setup has been changed to remove the hard disk from the boot sequence.

    2- The boot sector on the hard disk has been corrupted. If this is the problem, if you boot from a DOS diskette and enter the command:

    FDISK /MBR

    it should replace the boot sector on the disk.

    3- The hard disk is not connected, is not running, or has crashed. Probably ought to get a technician to look at this possibility.
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    Re: Operating System Not Found

    I would tend to agree with you that the BIOS has lost its HD settings (after sitting around idle for a few months)

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