My laptop was running fine one day, then the next it wouldn't boot.
When I restarted, it let me choose between the general options, boot normally/safemode/last good configuration.
None of these would boot... eg) the safe mode would load about 10 processes and then freeze indefinately.
This had happened once before, and I threw in a windows installation CD, did a fresh install of windows.
It worked fine after that, I deleted all the old files and began anew, and things were working fine until it happened again.
So I figured it worked last time, I'll do a fresh install again. However, I didn't want to go through all the trouble of re-updating to SP3 again...
So I put in a hacked version of Windows XP Professional that had already been updated to SP3. It started up the usual process, and I walked away while it did it's thing.
When I came back, it was off. Odd. So I turned it on, and after a couple of hardware stats I got the message Operating System Not Found.
Any key at this point restarts the system, and when I try to boot from CD (Hacked/Original both) it doesn't come up with the usual prompt to boot from CD with any key.
Instead it attempts to boot like normal, and comes up with Operating System Not Found.
If I could just get the system to detect the CD then it would give me a whole bunch of recovery options, but it just won't boot a from CD/DVD Drive, even though it's selected as the First option.
This is the same even when I remove the Hard Drive, so that's not to blame.
But in the BIOS menu it comes up with Internal Hard Drive [none] anyway, and I'm not sure it was like that before...
But the PC should still be able to run a disk without the Hard Drive right?
So yeah. I've messed around with the BIOS and other options to the greatest extent possible, reset it several times, but nothing does anything.
I'm at a stalemate, and I've run out of ideas. I just don't know what to do with it any more.
It's a decent computer when working, I miss it... can anyone give me any advice at all?
Thank you in advance.
Edited by freehopper, 15 November 2010 - 09:45 PM.