Thread: Help with no operating system
May 30th, 2003, 12:35 AM #1
Help with no operating system
I have a Hp box and when I try to load it says os not found. I have tried to use the boot disk that comes with box, but still won't boot up. Before this it would at least go through boot up and then show c://windows and then stop. Can someone help me I need some insight
May 30th, 2003, 01:16 AM #2
Try taking the ide cable out of your hard drive then putting it back in. Also make suer your ide cable is all of the way in your mother board.Gi | Yuu | Jin | Rei | Makoto | Meiyo | Chuugi
May 30th, 2003, 09:01 AM #3
Can you try the hard disk in another machine? Does it work and check out ok using chkdisk or scandisk? Is the MBR still intact? If it messes up on scandisk and says about bad blocks, do a LLF and see if that helps. If it doesn't help the drive is probably dead. If it checks out ok, try reformatting it and see where that gets you._____
May 30th, 2003, 09:29 AM #4mickwishGuest
Any idea what OS it had loaded? How old is this HP box? Maybe it needs the BIOS settings changed (hard disk altered??).
Can you boot into BIOS with it??
May 30th, 2003, 10:14 AM #5
mickwish has a point...hit "delete" when rebooting, (F1 for some mobos), and go into bios.
Under the "Standard CMOS Setup" (or something to that effect) you should be able to redetect or auto detect the drives. This may solve problem.
May 30th, 2003, 10:22 AM #6
As the other posts suggested make sure your BIOS is detecting the HD.
You also might want to take a look at your first boot-up device as well, make sure that the floppy is set to boot first when trying to use the boot disk.
May 30th, 2003, 11:02 AM #7
ok guys thanks I will try those things and let you know the results. the os is win98 and it is about 5years old.
thanks for the help
May 30th, 2003, 12:04 PM #8
hey guys got it to boot to safe mode once but mouse would not work to let me go to start menu. now once again hd is not showing up and it says no operating system found. no hd in bios I think I have a bad hd anyone agree?
May 30th, 2003, 12:21 PM #9
Best thing would be to go to the manufactures web site and download there diagnostic software. These are usally loaded off a floppy and will test the fitness of your drive.
May 30th, 2003, 01:06 PM #10
a friend of mine had a similar problem with his HP turns out the hard drive was fried.
May 30th, 2003, 02:01 PM #11
To clarify Woodbutchers statement he means the HD mfg.
Also, when you were in Safe Mode and the mouse wouldn't work you can still do everthing from the keyboard. I can never remember which keys do which, but you will use keys like tab, ctrl, alt, windows key and the space bar. Just click on them and play and you will be able to do most everything w/o the mouse.If you can't say something nice... SAY IT REALLY LOUD!!
May 30th, 2003, 02:07 PM #12
Also, to check if your drive is detected, on the very first boot screen, typically hitting the Del key will get you into the BIOS men and you can see if the hard drive is being detected and if the floppy is set as your first boot device.There's only two things in life. But I forget what they are.
May 30th, 2003, 02:14 PM #13
I am not one to quickly jump on and state bad HD until I have started at step 1 and completely troubleshot the system... logical step by logical step.
You haven't said if you ever went into the BIOS and checked to see if the HD was detected there? While you were in the BIOS Setup did you change the boot order to A: first and C: second?
Have you checked the jumper settings on the HD to make sure it is set to Master. Check and recheck that IDE cable to make sure it is fully seated at both ends. Some older cables do not have the little tab on the connector so it can be plugged in upside down.
Can you put in your Win98 boot disk and boot to floppy? Go to Fdisk and see what the partition info is on this HD.
Go to C: and type in "dir" (minus the quote marks" and see what is on the HD, should be a TON of stuff.
Get back with some answers and we can logically move on but you need to first be able to boot to the floppy to do a lot of diagnostics or reinstall the OS.If you can't say something nice... SAY IT REALLY LOUD!!
August 5th, 2004, 11:02 PM #14
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My friend is having the same problem with her laptop. She only told me tonite and I havent had a chance to look at it. All I know from her is that it goes through all the computer info in Dos and then says Operating System Not found. She doesnt know much about computers so she doesnt know how to explain what she's seeing on the screen. I've never seen this error before, so I was hoping some of you "xperts" could help us figure this out. It is a no name laptop, WIn98.The Original Wheelgirl
August 5th, 2004, 11:14 PM #15
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possibly her hard drive has died
all "no os found" means is that the bios cant find an operating system to hand things off to....so either her hard drive died..or somehow her boot order changed and doesnt detect the hard drive..(?) I supppose that is vaguely possible if the bios battery went dead.
Does it have a floppy drive? I think the first thing id do is go into the bios and see if the hard drive is detected...then look at the boot order...it should be maybe A: then IDE 0 (the hard drive)
maybe also you could boot to a floppy and do "fdisk"....if it says "no fixed disk present" then you know for some reason the bios isnt detecting the hard drive
while booted from the w98 floppy you could do "fdisk /mbr" (without the quotes) to re-write the master boot record"Even a fool is thought to be wise if he is silent"
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