I have a strange boot problem on a Compaq F753wm laptop. When started, it reports no OS found. The hard drive tested bad, so I replaced it. Now I can't get it to boot to any device. When I first started work on it, it would boot to DVD but I didn't have the new drive yet. Later, sometimes it would, sometimes it wouldn't. I created a USB install memory stick. It worked one time before the new drive. Now that have replaced the drive, it won't. It won't boot from DVD or USB with the old drive either. I can change the boot order in bios, no difference. The option to boot from USB or DVD isn't there when I hit F9 for boot menu. It is in the bios however.
Here's the clincher, the old drive is not only recognized in my other computer, but it'll boot up and load Windows. it still test as a bad drive though. I cloned the old drive to the new one, tried it in the laptop...it worked one time. Then it said no OS found. Put in my desktop and it works fine. I've run CHKDSK on both while connected to my desktop with no avail. I've changed the DVD drive, and memory. Can FixMBR be run on the laptop drive while it's connected to my desktop?
Anyone got some ideas?
Edited by hamluis, 31 July 2011 - 11:20 AM.
Moved from System Buiding to Internal Hardware.