Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    68

    Operating System Not Found

    For the past couple of hours, when I turn on my laptop and try to go to a user account, the desktop just appears and nothing loads. A few minutes ago, I decided to press F12 on boot up and it says Operating System Not Found. I have windows xp. The laptop was working just fine earlier. Any suggestions on what is up and solutions?

  2. #2
    Well, what did you select as your boot device when you hit F12?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    68
    I didn't select anything. I just let it go through w/e checks.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Flint, Michigan
    Posts
    5,765
    Try a windows boot disk and see if maybe you're HD is corrupted.

    http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm

    What kind of laptop is it (Toshiba by chance)?
    Mike from Zoodia.com
    Professional web design and development services.
    In need of a fresh hosting design? See what premade designs we have in stock!
    Web design tips, tricks, and more at MichaelPruitt.com

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    68
    Originally posted by justadollarhostin
    Try a windows boot disk and see if maybe you're HD is corrupted.

    http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm

    What kind of laptop is it (Toshiba by chance)?
    I guess I'll have to find a way to get the setup on a cd. My computer doesn't have a cd-r drive. I hope the computers at my college do. Also it's a Compaq Presario 2200.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Top Secret
    Posts
    11,687
    I decided to press F12 on boot up and it says Operating System Not Found.
    You're SOL, unless you have a system restore disk for your laptop.
    The problem is that you don't have a bootloader for your OS, the OS itself may be there, but you need the boot loader for it. If you played around with fdisk at all , or any partitioning, then you most likely will need to wipe everything out, because your MBR isn't loading the bootloader properly.
    WHMCS Guru - WHMCS addons, management, support and more.
    WHMCS Notifications Extended - Add slack, hipchat, SMS, pushover to WHMCS !!
    Always looking for Linux, WHMCS, Support Desk work. PM for details

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    68
    Originally posted by linux-tech
    You're SOL, unless you have a system restore disk for your laptop.
    The problem is that you don't have a bootloader for your OS, the OS itself may be there, but you need the boot loader for it. If you played around with fdisk at all , or any partitioning, then you most likely will need to wipe everything out, because your MBR isn't loading the bootloader properly.
    Ok I am going to have to look for the disk then. I didn't play around with anything. I just turn my laptop off for awhile and when I turned it back on, this problem started.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    6,601
    Do you hear any clicking noises or the hard disk spinning?

    rus
    Russ Foster - Industry Curmudgeon

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    68
    No I don't hear those noises.

    I found my operating system cd and the quickrestore cds. Which one do I run? How do I run them?

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Marietta PA
    Posts
    137
    Try the restore cd as long as you dont have a destructive restore cd you should be good. By destructive some companies consider your system fixed by reformatting such as gateway does. If you can get your hands on a copy of winternals erd commander try running that cause even if you cant save teh system 97% of the times you can copy your files over to another share with the cd and then just reformat.
    Digital Offensive
    http://www.digitaloffensive.com
    Take an offensive approach to Security know what your foes know!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •