operating system not found on dell inspirion 2500

  george patel 18:38 01 Feb 2008

this is message i keep getting when the laptop is swithed on.also how can i get a boot up disk for windows media centre? any help will be appreciated. thanks.

  woodchip 18:39 01 Feb 2008

It's having problems reading the hard drive

  woodchip 18:40 01 Feb 2008

Will it go into safe mode by tapping F5 as computer starts

  george patel 18:59 01 Feb 2008

Its still not working and keep geeting the message "operating system not found" after tapping F5. thanks for your prompt reply.

  woodchip 19:01 01 Feb 2008

Try removing and refitting the hard drive, may be under a cover on bottom of laptop

  woodchip 10:18 02 Feb 2008

In reply to your E-Mail, Only thing you can check is look in BIOS as the computer starts, You may have to keep tapping Delete key or F1 or F2 on some it's F10. Check to see if BIOS can see the drive, if it can you may start with the XP cd then run Repair BIOSas to be set to boot from CD as first boot device Hard Drive second boot save before Exit

  crosstrainer 11:52 02 Feb 2008

A boot sector virus.....If you can get hold of a Media centre CD, set your BIOS and boot from it...If this works, post back with for instructions on using BootRec to recover the MBR on your hard drive.

If not, does your machine have a recovery partition? If it was not supplied with a CD or DVD then this is likely, You need to access it by pressing either F2 Or a funtion key on the keyboard. These partitions can restore your factory default settings...BUT.....you will lose data using this method.

  crosstrainer 11:54 02 Feb 2008

click here

The above for recovery cd's

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