My daughter was playing "Rome total war" and pressed restart while it was loading. Now the computer won't boot up, and she thinks its because pressing restart has messed up the boot up settings. When I looked in the BIOS it seems that its not detecting the Hard Disk. This looks like a hard drive failure to me, but could it be due to the interruption of loading or some kind of malware?
Press start button to disipate any stored power in the system
Remove cover of machine and disconnect HDD,
Reboot machine, you should get a message on screen saying "no boot device found" or words to that effect.
Repeat steps 1 & 2 and reconnect the HDD then reboot.
If that does'nt work try removing the CMOS battery, its the silver looking objec, about the size of a ten pence piece, and leave it out for a couple of minutes, this will set your bios back to standard settings, then replace the battery. Carry out steps 1 & 2 above before removing battery.
Thanks Press Man
After leaving it switched off for a while, I just tried it again, and it came on normally. This was before I got your suggestions above so it seems to have fixed itself! I will print and keep your message in case it happens again. I suppose it might be an insecure cable on the HDD, but your points cover that anyway. I do know that the case hasn't been opened since we got the computer from Dell.
If its never been opened, I would suggest it may be worth opening just to give it a gentle "spring clean" i.e. loose fluff, remove and clean the fans and fan grilles etc. Make sure the power is off and unplugged before going inside the machine
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