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dell studio 540 got kicked and now will not boot


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#1 casmik

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 11:30 AM

I am trying to help my sister fix her comp., it's a dell studio 540 running win vista home premium.  her daughter accidentally kicked the computer and now it won't boot.  it says no boot device.  it shows that the hard drive is installed and also the dvd burner but still not recognized. i got an error code of 2000-0141 if this helps.  it is an SATA seagate drive 750 gb. any help is so appreciated.

 

after dell splash screen it says:

 

No Boot device available

SATA0: Installed

SATA1: Installed


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 04:29 PM

I would open the case...disconnect the hard drive...reconnect the hard drive...then try to boot.  My guess would be that one of the cables may be loosened now.

 

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:21 PM

I have tried that, even tried a new cable. Still not saying no boot device available.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:25 PM

Not sure why that posted twice, sorry.

 

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:04 PM

try booting from a live disk, a windows recovery disk. anything! you don't have to intall it, but just make sure that the onboard device controller isn't ruined. if the pc will boot anything!- then you can automatically infer you have a bad drive. (provided resetting it did not work)

 

Try parted magic to see if you can scan the hard drive and recover lost files and reinstall your media on a new drive.



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

I can boot from the Vista inallation cd and other bootable cd's so I am thinking somehow the hard drive got sizzled when it was jarred. I've done worse and never had this happen but it seems to have happened now.  this parted magic will possibly help me retrieve some personal files my niece is crossing her fingers i can access? she has graduation pics, etc.  If i can somehow copy those files onto a cd or flash drive that would at least make the news not so bad.  thank you for your time and help with this.






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