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    My dell laptop - RIP?

    Evenin' all.

    Just turned on my (once) trusty Dell inspiron 6400 and I think it's had it.

    Instead of booting up as normal, it beeps twice then comes up with the following message on a black screen-

    "No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot. F2 for setup utility. Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics"

    Any advice as to what to do or is it time to treat myself to a new one??

    ta in advance

    Col.

    13 Comments

    Sounds like could be hard drive.

    Original Poster

    dcx_badass;8064000

    That just means it can't see the hard drive, either check the bios that … That just means it can't see the hard drive, either check the bios that it's set to boot from the hardd drive or get a new one, cheap fix easy way.



    Bearing in mind I'm no techy - how is this done?:-D

    karaokecolin;8064040

    Bearing in mind I'm no techy - how is this done?:-D



    Normally press something like Del/Delete on poweron then go into options and see what first boot device is set at, but in the first screen it should tell you what things are connected by sata.

    Original Poster

    ryouga;8064065

    Normally press something like Del/Delete on poweron then go into options … Normally press something like Del/Delete on poweron then go into options and see what first boot device is set at, but in the first screen it should tell you what things are connected by sata.



    Cheers guys. got into setup screen and first boot device is HDD. Other than that i'm none the wiser tbh.:?

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    Boot to a recovery disk or new os disk. Check boot devices, probably F2 and set cd/dvd to 1.

    Original Poster

    ryman1000;8064150

    Boot to a recovery disk or new os disk. Check boot devices, probably F2 … Boot to a recovery disk or new os disk. Check boot devices, probably F2 and set cd/dvd to 1.



    Thanks - just need to dig out my os recovery disk and will give this a go:):).

    repped all

    Sounds like a dodgy boot record, May be able to try and fix boot record depending on OS.

    Could be dodgy hard drive, I've got an old laptop and occasionally I have to reformat it as it gives me a similar problem, Then it tells my that my hard drives about to die and that I should back up my data and replace hard drive. Never bothered as it's old and pretty much useless.

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    shauneco;8064291

    Sounds like a dodgy boot record, May be able to try and fix boot record … Sounds like a dodgy boot record, May be able to try and fix boot record depending on OS.Could be dodgy hard drive, I've got an old laptop and occasionally I have to reformat it as it gives me a similar problem, Then it tells my that my hard drives about to die and that I should back up my data and replace hard drive. Never bothered as it's old and pretty much useless.



    Vista used to always tell me that on my now 4 year old dell, 2 year then, dont think there was an issue as i've used it for about 2 years after that

    I got this when I left a USB pen drive pluged in when turning on.
    Unpluged it and problem solved. :oops: Just forgot it was in there.
    Took four re-boots before I noticed though. :w00t:

    Jumpingphil;8064419

    I got this when I left a USB pen drive pluged in when turning on.Unpluged … I got this when I left a USB pen drive pluged in when turning on.Unpluged it and problem solved. :oops: Just forgot it was in there.Took four re-boots before I noticed though. :w00t:




    I've done worse, when I bought a new case for better cooling I couldnt get it to boot into the OS after moving it to the new case, spent around an hour making sure and double sure the cables where all connected, bios set up right, cmos battery changed. All three hard drives where powering up, check, double check.

    Thought stuff this coffee and ciggie definitely needed so made a coffee picked the paper up to read while having drink and ciggie, sod me under the paper was hard drive number four with the OS on, never dawned on me while checking everything that I was a bloody hard drive short!

    Col make sure there is no disc in the cd drive, also there is usually one screw to hold the hard drive in, make sure the drive is fully seated, I had an old dell where every so often the drive would move 2mm or so and then not show up, ended up wedging it in somehow with an old top up card.

    Original Poster

    harlzter;8064504

    Col make sure there is no disc in the cd drive, also there is usually one … Col make sure there is no disc in the cd drive, also there is usually one screw to hold the hard drive in, make sure the drive is fully seated, I had an old dell where every so often the drive would move 2mm or so and then not show up, ended up wedging it in somehow with an old top up card.



    This was the problem - it had come loose - just whacked it back in and hey presto!!

    Thanks harlz.

    karaokecolin;8074132

    This was the problem - it had come loose - just whacked it back in and … This was the problem - it had come loose - just whacked it back in and hey presto!!Thanks harlz.



    Sometimes its the simplest things! Glad you got it sorted anyway,
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