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Gateway GT5014 Media Edition won't boot


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#1 kbmccarthy

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 02:47 PM

I was given Gateway GT5014 Media Edition with issues.
When I start the it shows the Gateway screen with F2 Bios and F10 Boot options in the lower right corner. Then it goes to screen that reads:

Invalid system disk
Replace the disk, and then press any key.
(There are no disks in either drive)

I would like to wipe machine clean and set back to factory settings, but Gateway no longer offers support for this model. They do show a list of drivers needed on their website. I do not need any of the data on the machine and would like to wipe it clean and do a reinstall of XP Pro Media Edition Service Pack 3. The problem is I have no cds. There was a Recovery Partition but I surely can't get to it now and I don't know if it has been corrupted. I believe I have key and cd codes if that helps. I can not afford to buy new windows os and would like to know if there are options to save this computer from the land fill.

I would appreciate any guidance.

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#2 caperjac

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 07:54 AM

Hi, i think the invalid system disk error is telling you its not detecting you harddrive .it may be dead ,and you would need a new one before being able to reinstall windows
what happens when you hit f10 do you get any options .may be one there to boot to recovery partition .
also hitting f2 will take you to the bios setup ,in there it should show if it detecting you harddrive .
also as long as you have legit winxp key you could borrow a disk of the same version as yours to load windows

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 10:44 AM

If F10 takes you to the Advanced startup options try using the Last Known Good Configuration.

You can also go to the website of the manufacturer of your hdd and download and run their diagnostic tool to see what condition your hdd is in.

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