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"Operating system not found" - BIOS or Hard Drive error?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lord kal, Jul 31, 2010.

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  1. lord kal

    lord kal Thread Starter

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    I switched my Fujjitsu-Siemens Amilo li-1718 the other day and was met with the dreaded 'operating system not found' message.

    I haven't changed anything big recently, and it's more or less been working fine for a long time now.

    I had, however, just had it in a bag and moved it across town, so after reading up I thought maybe something might have come loose inside. But I also read that it could be a BIOS problem, and after going in there I noticed that under 'hard drive' in 'main' it said 'None.' Changing it to auto or user didn't seem to make much difference as it still wouldn't load and would always revert back to none.

    However, I also read that if the computer keeps resetting itself to an arbitrary time and date that it can be symptomatic of a CMOS problem... my computer had been doing this occasionally for a month or two before this happened.

    I also tried making a windows vista recovery CD, and tried to boot off that, but still got the same 'Operating System Not Found...' message.

    Basically, I want to make sure i've tried everything before I open the case and go poking around inside, as I'd really have no idea what i'm doing, but i'm hoping it's just a loose wire that will be pretty self-evident when I open it up.

    Any ideas?
     
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  3. lord kal

    lord kal Thread Starter

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    Thanks a lot, looks pretty simple. Would that cause the computer to fail to recognise the hard drive though?
     
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    doubtful but if bios is forever resetting as i said can cause all sorts of issues, been a few posts today with this oddly enough, all sorts of wedges being used to secure HDD, in fact some got it going by pressing down on back or fron where the HDD is on boot up to "move" the HDD a tiny bit, think we all forget how fragile a lappy is
     
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    well i forgot to mention that I did have the 'CMOS checksum bad' message so i'll give this a go first and report back.
     
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