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#1 troy111

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 12:07 PM

Unable to startup PC to windows operating system.

"disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter"

Recently facing trouble with my desktop computer (acer aspire x1200) starting up. It all started during a defrag. 

Not sure if it's hard drive failure, motherboard or what. 

Upon powering up I have 2 options on acer startup screen "del: enter setup" and "f12: boot menu". 

So far i can get into the "del: enter setup" no problem. While "f12: boot menu" I am having trouble accessing even though I press the f12 button. 

During the times I was able to access "f12: boot menu" it only showed cd-rom below nvidia option a couple times. Though majority of the time it showed no cd-rom. See pics I took. 

The black screen is what comes up after selecting nvidia option. 
http://imgur.com/OF3wWKf
http://imgur.com/ek9yUuL
http://imgur.com/K1i5Lz3
http://imgur.com/6h2RluC

The times in "f12: boot menu" that it showed cd-rom option I had Ubuntu live cd in disc holder. After selecting to boot with cd-rom with Ubuntu it loaded live cd fine but I could not get past Ubuntu start screen. Selecting any of the start options and pressing enter did nothing. 

Also while in cmos/bios it shows no cd-rom and hard disk. Only shows nvidia.

Any thoughts, advice or tips would be great.

Edited by troy111, 19 May 2014 - 12:19 PM.


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Posted 19 May 2014 - 01:36 PM

can you try pressing f8 and see if it give you any options to boot in safe mode or repair my computer?



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 02:08 PM

Nothing with f8.

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 02:30 PM

In the bios it doesnt give you cd rom or hard drive for boot order?



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 02:37 PM

Does not show cdrom or hard disk.
Only nvidia.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 04:21 PM

System manufacturer and model?

 

Laptop or desktop?

 

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 04:32 PM

System manufacturer and model?

 

Laptop or desktop?

 

Louis

Acer Aspire X1200-B1581A

Desktop

 

I opened up computer early this morning took out the hard drive and put in a external dock station.

No strange noises starting up and data all there accessible.

 

Why would bios not show cdrom or hard disk? Maybe motherboard or psu?



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:18 PM

Maybe...CMOS battery...that would be my first thought.

 

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 10:04 PM

Would dead cmos battery prevent cdrom and hard disk not to be detected?

From what I read a dead cmos battery would not cause this...then again I am no expert on this.

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 12:37 AM

one thing i see a lot is failed HDD, use a bootable usb drive and a live linux distro and run a SMART test  Gsmartcontrol will run in windows or linux,

just because you can mount the drive doesn't always mean it is still good


Edited by sakuul, 21 May 2014 - 12:38 AM.


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Posted 22 May 2014 - 04:57 PM

Would dead cmos battery prevent cdrom and hard disk not to be detected?

From what I read a dead cmos battery would not cause this...then again I am no expert on this.

 

In my limited experience...a failing CMOS battery can cause all sorts of errors and mishaps involving system recognition and coordination of various hardware items.  I go by what I have experienced, not what I've read, when it comes to CMOS batteries :).

 

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