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no bootable devices -- strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility


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#1 donchen84

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 05:52 PM

i have a dell latitude d610
bios version ao3 ( 03/02/2005)
when i start the machine up it loads up with the dell logo page
then the next page that comes up says "no bootable devices -- strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility "
completely black screen except for those words
what is wrong? how can i get to the desktop?

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 06:11 PM

Hit F2...go into BIOS/Setup...and verify two things:

a. Your hard drive is properly reflected on the main page (along with date/time, etc.).

b. That your hard drive is the first item in the boot options section of your BIOS.

You might as well also ensure that your date/time data is correct.

Worth Reading, IMO.

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#3 Ken-in-West-Seattle

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 06:57 PM

dell 600 series drives are ide and easy to remove. Try reseating it with the power disconnected and the battery out first.

If it is still not recognized, get one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Go-17705-Lapt...6829&sr=8-1

and test it on a desktop with ide. Chkdsk might fix it. Might not. But you can get your stuff off of it.

Dell sells OEM xp cd's for 6.99 plus shipping.




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