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cannoli37

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I work at a non profit that donates computers to needy families. When I turned on a computer with XP Professional there was an error message stating it was not able to load the OS. Does that mean the hard drive has been wiped clean of the OS? When turning on the computer should XP load automatically? It's a Gateway computer and Dell Monitor. I plan on exchanging that computer for another and just wanted to know whether Windows XP Professional should boot right up after turning it on?

thanks.
 

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Hi you will need to check that the Pc has a hard drive installed.

Turn the computer off and disconnect it from the power
Take off the side of the case and touch the bare metal chassis to discharge static.
Check that a hard drive is there.
Remove Ram..Video cards from their slots

Plug in the RAM [one stick at a time].
Also try different slots.
Ensure it is seated correctly.
Reseat Video card.

Check Hard drive and Motherboard connections [IDE]
Take them off and reseat them.

Inspect the case for dust etc.
Remove the dust..do not use a vacuum cleaner

Check that the processor fan rotate.

Turn on and listen for a beep.

A properly working computer should beep once while booting, and the lights on the keyboard should flash while booting.
 

cannoli37

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Thanks Blues Harp. The computer was missing the OS. I found someone to reinstall it and its up and running now.
 
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