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    recently purchased dell latitude c600 laptop

    I just purchased a dell laptop off of ebay. When I turn it on, the computer gives me the message "no bootable devices strike f1 to retry or f2 for setup utility". I'm technologically challenged, but does this mean that I need to load the Windows software?

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    Hi gottaquestion. Welcome to TechIMO.

    That message could mean one of several things:

    1. Windows needs to be laoded
    2. There is no hard drive
    3. The hard drive is bad
    4. A loose connection at the hard drive

    Boot it up and press F2 for set up utility and see if a hard drive is detected.
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    It could also mean the hard drive is not partitioned, and I think you get that message if it is not formatted also

    Edit: never mind

    I take it back, I just checked and no partition gets a different 3 part message.
    No format gets no message on the old dell I tried.
    Last edited by stroyal; August 28th, 2009 at 06:00 PM.
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