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    Computer problem

    Just turned my computer on, and other than a quick screen that shows my chipset, all it does is go to a black screen that says "reboot or insert bootable media" or something to that effect. Is she dead or what happened?



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    Re: Computer problem

    Have you changed anything recently?



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    Re:Computer problem

    Not that I know of. My son had been playing a game a couple hours ago. The last change I did to it was reinstalling Steam.



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    Re: Computer problem

    I've seen that when a CD/USB is selected as first boot option and there is a CD in the drive that is not bootable.



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    Re: Computer problem

    Ok, it clearly doesn't recognize your hard drive as a bootable device... That could be a few issues, none of which are 'simple' fixes.

    Is this a desktop computer? If so first step may be to check to see if any wires have been knocked loose between your hard drive and your motherboard or power supply.



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    Re: Computer problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Cy4Patriots View Post
    I've seen that when a CD/USB is selected as first boot option and there is a CD in the drive that is not bootable.

    This is true as well, I had a problem where I could not boot my PC when my iPod was plugged in, took forever to figure that one out.



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    Re:Computer problem

    Yes, desktop. There was a game in the CD tray that I took out. I unplugged it, and I'll check the wires in a bit.



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    Re: Computer problem

    Sounds like you may have a dead hard drive on your hands, but there's still hope!

    Good luck!



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    Re:Computer problem

    No luck. Pretty sure everything is connected tightly though there are a lot of extra wires laying around ( computer was built for me by a guy I used to work with). None of the extra wires were anywhere close to looking like they might have been plugged in.



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    Re: Computer problem

    Make sure the bios is trying to boot the correct drive.

    Or boot from a windows CD and do a recovery.


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    Re: Computer problem

    Also make sure you didn't leave a USB flash drive or something plugged in. I've had this happen when the system tries to boot from the flash drive, can't boot from it (because it isn't bootbable) and gives up.



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    Re: Computer problem

    Buy a Mac, it'll solve all your problems!






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    Re: Computer problem

    If you go in to the BIOS, can you see your hard drive?


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    Re:Computer problem

    How do I go into BIOS? Every key I push seems to repeat the "reboot" statement.

    Unfortunately, we seem to have lost our Windows 7 software, so I can't try to load that either. Trying to decide if I want to buy a new hard drive and Windows 7, or get a new computer.



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    Re: Computer problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    How do I go into BIOS? Every key I push seems to repeat the "reboot" statement.

    Unfortunately, we seem to have lost our Windows 7 software, so I can't try to load that either. Trying to decide if I want to buy a new hard drive and Windows 7, or get a new computer.
    depends on the bios maker. It is usually either f1, f2, or f10 when the computer is booting. I have seen it be esc also, but not in a while.


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