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computer wont load operating system.Freezes at bios menu

Question: computer wont load operating system.Freezes at bios menu

Hiya all,
My problem is that I rebooted my computer and it now wont start up. I did not change anything and the reason I rebooted was because of a network issue unrelated to the computer.

So here is some details.
gigabyte mobo (dual bios) ga81pe775 pro
4 x 512mb ddr400 ram
sata and ata hdds (4 in total)
pentium 4 3ghz processor
I removed all of the ram and inserted one stick in slot one to make sure it was not the issue.Retry loading and it does the same thing.

It loads up and freezes when it gets to the memory test. I tried each of the sticks of ram individually but no problem.All display the bios menu and then it stops.
Does anyone have any suggestions or solutions or theories of what might be happening?
Thanks for your time.

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Answer: computer wont load operating system.Freezes at bios menu

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Got my computer built and running. Now I am trying to install the operating system so I can use it. The first disc that loaded was the motherboard disk (gigabyte). I then installed the operating system from an old disk I had. It copied all the files on the hard drive but when it reboots it does not load into the operating system.It goes to the gigabyte screen for a secthen says its loading the operating systemthen back to the gygabyte screenthen says its loading the operating system then goes blank and sits blank.whats going on?

Answer:Operating system wont load

Not too clear on whats goin on...but normally you install the OS 1st...then load the MBoard drivers...Wipe the drive again and start over...QuoteI then installed the operating system from an old disk I had.This may also be the issue if it's a copy of an OS CD...

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So great. But tonight my wife was having the same issue with it blue screening and i had her try the default setting thing it the bios and now its screwed up. When windows tries to start it doesnt and we get a message saying missing or corrupt file and it is the windows\system32\cofig\system. Can someone help me. I figured we could put the windows cd back into the drive but guess what we have none. So now what? Can anyone help. sorry I am so vague, but i am in new york right now and that computer is back in pine city,mn at my house. Thanks

Answer:[SOLVED] Operating system wont load.

well the blue screen issue sounds like a memory problem, if you could get your hands on another stick it would be a whole lot easier the reinstalling windows. as for not having the cd, you might be able to go to a computer store and have them install it using your cd key.

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Dear Community, I have many laptops with I need to upgrade BIOS version and change settings the BIOS settings. Is it any way to do it from USB flash drive when I don?t have any system installed on laptop? I export BIOS settings via Configuration Utility and make USB flash drive with BIOS upgrade. Thanks for help.

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Answer:Computer Will Not Load.... "error Loading Operating System

welcome to bleeps
- what type computer
- what os, pro or home
- how old is it

- how are the jumpers on the drive set

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Well, looks like I really messed the computer up this time. Computer was crashing, so I ran a couple of scan disks, and from what I remember, I got a pop up window on a reboot that asked for a yes or no answer. Forgetting the number one rule of debugging, to never answer yes to anything, I answered yes and now the computer will not boot. All the problem seems to be at the CMOS/BIOS screen. Anything after that doesn't work. Tried start up repair-no luck, safe mode doesn't work, command prompts to repair the boot record didn't work. Reloaded a back up copy and that didn't work either.

I'm wondering if I blew away my boot program. Is there anything in the CMOS/BIOS setup utility that would get me back to a proper boot cycle? As I stated previously, any corrections tried down stream of the CMOS/BIOS have not worked.

Computer Info as follows:

Dual boot (XP Pro & Win 7 Pro) MaxForce PC
Thermaltake 500W power supply
Intel Core i7 870, 2.93 GHz, 8 MB
Gigabyte GA-H57M-USB3 motherboard
Super Talent DDR3-1333, 8 GB (2 x 4G) memory
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Hard Drive #2: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS, 300 GB (Win 7 Pro)

Thanks for your time & any help will be greatly appreciated,
Mad Maximus

Answer:Computer cannot load operating system-Error code 0X0000007B

Forgot to add, neither operating system will boot, both get the same BSOD message.

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Hello everyone, I am Ashish dewan.I need some help from your side,I have a Compaq computer with a core Intel processor and 64-bit Operating System.I am experiencing a problem of slower computer then my usual machine,some time it almost freezes out or some unnecessary processing is going on.some startup errors also popup,i used to clear my machine by deleting all unnecessary files from temp and recycle bin folder.i also installed avast antivirus,but it continues to have please help me out by your relevant solutions.
Ashish Dewan

Answer:Ashish Dewan - Slowed down Operating system,Computer almost freezes

Clean your machine with Privazer
Then defrag with.Ultimate Defrag.
Then I would suggest that you disable useless startups, all are really not needed, except your antivirus. When you disable items from startup, a reboot is needed to feel the changes. Whats In Startup.
After the reboot, tell me how things are running.

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Hey guys,
You helped me before and were so kind. I hope you are able to help again. My computer is unwell. The programs seem to be running ok, but computer will randomly freeze (usually when browsing using Chrome), shut down (often preceeded by a clunky blue and white page saying lots of technical stuff that i dont have time to read), and be unable to restart (saying 'operating system not found'). I have managed to get it restarted again after a few tries, and Windows tried to fix the problem, said it succeeded. Then I ran Malabytes antimalware, and it found 6 threats that it removed. But it froze again afterwards. 
Please can you help?
Thanks heaps,

Answer:Computer freezes and shuts down, sometimes unable to restart operating system

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anyways, i just installed the new tmd Aero magnetic fan thingy.

im running a athlon 2100xp
on a asus a7s333

anyways, when ibooot my computer, itwont pass the screen where it shows the asus boot screen. if i hit del to go intobios, itwill freeze =/

someone plz helpmeout =(

Answer:Computer Wont Load Up! Not Even Bios =(

no beeps at all, recheked ide cable, only 1 stick of 512 memory, ive taken the heatsink off once and put it bcak on, everythings the same but i changed the heatsink/fan =/!
i hit delete at the asus logo and it says entering bios.. and thats it.
wont go no furthur

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for the past few months, my computer doesn't want to boot. I tested my RAM, graphcs cards, blu-ray burner, and HD, the only thing I couldn't test were my psu, motherboard, and cpu. hopefully the problems lies somewhere in there. I did get a BSOD and looked at the dump and it pointed to my RAM, so I ran memtest overnight and it didnt find any problems so I'm wonder if my motherboard RAM slots are faulty? I also used a cooler masters psu calculator to see if my system was underpowered. I have 750w and it said I needed at min. of 786w, but it suggested the same psu that i was using. anyways, every once in awhile I can get my computer to boot if I remove and reinsert my hardware. Once my computer boots, I have no problems. The problem happens when I have to shutdown the computer. Once I shut it down, it wont boot. and suggestions?

Answer:computer wont even boot to BIOS menu

If you are pushing the limits of your PS it could be causing your problems. Try running with one graphics card for a while and see if the problem goes away.

Let's start with that and see what happens.

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For some time now, my BIOS has stopped working. When i press delete to start the BIOS when i boot, it shows a static white line (no blinking). See this image: Imgur

However, if I do not try to get to the BIOS, the computer will boot and work fine, and has worked for over a year without problems.

I still feels it is a problem, and as I want to upgrade my Hard drive and OS soon, I'd like to fix this strange bug.

The bug first appeared after I installed two SSDs, wich worked fine at first, as i successfully configured the SSD, but while reinstalling windows it bugged at some point.

Things I tried:
Unplugging all HDD -> same problem
upgrading BIOS -> Cant since the update I got from MSI requires to go into the BIOS to update

System information:
MSI Dominator laptop
Driver page: Notebook - The best gaming notebook provider 64

Possible solutions:
Repair BIOS in some way? the functionality seems fine, I think only the displaying part has a problem.
Upgrading BIOS whithout actually going into the BIOS?

Thank you for your time, and if I didn't provide enough info please say so i'll try to fix it.

Answer:BIOS freezes on load, but computer boots fine

Repair BIOS in some way? the functionality seems fine, I think only the displaying part has a problem.
Upgrading BIOS whithout actually going into the BIOS?

Shut down and pull the power cord out of the Notebook/Laptop then remove the battery and wait a few minutes before trying again.
Remove the SSD and try to boot into the BIOS, see what happens. Worst thing would be a notice of no boot device.
Flashing the BIOS with the same or newer file will depend upon how it is done for your computer, whether it needs the software on a floppy disk, a CD, a USB Thumb/Flash drive or can be done from within Windows.

One way to reset the BIOS on a Desktop is to pull all the power, wait a minute then remove the CMOS battery, about the size of a quarter, put it all back and try again. A similar procedure can be used with a Notebook but much more difficult to get at it and requires some experience and patience.

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Answer:Computer boot from bios to operating system

it sounds like you changes the motherbaord without reinstalling windowsyou need to do a reinstall or it will load drivers for the old motherboard and will not boot

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Answer:New Home Built Computer Wont Load to Bios

Disconnect all unnecessary hardware like CD/DVDs extra hard disks or PCI cards then try to start.Does it beep at all? There usually is one beep. If not, remove all but one stick of RAM, if no different remove all RAM.Have you checked the manufacturers website to make sure the CPU will be recognised by the BIOS version that is running on the motherboard? You need to get it to the POST screen to make sure the CPU is named correctly.

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Answer:"Operating system not found". BIOS losing boot settings? Freezes?

BIOS battery maybe. Could be lots of things.

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What else can I try to get into the menue or to get the system to get windows to load? Could this be a motherboard issue? Hardrive issue?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Satelite A215 -S6816 Wont enter BIOS mode and Windows wont load

hi harddrummer,
connect an external keyboard and try again

if it works there is only the internal keyboard defectiv/bad connected
i dont think that is an os based problem...

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Thank you

Answer:system restore virus operating system will not load

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Hey guys!!
i have a problem i had Win xp sp2 on my hard-drive
i installed windows 98 on my remove-able disk...
after that i formatted my removeable disk
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I just want to know can i delete that option of choosing win98 which doesn't exist.
And so i can save 30 sec of booting time in case my pc reboots after an update or so when i am not around.
Thank you

Answer:Operating System Choice menu

Go to Start => Run and type in msconfig
Click OK

Click the BOOT.INI tab
Click the 'Check all boot paths' button

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Answer:operating system won't load at all

On Compaqs there is a choice for you to only rewrite the OS files. There should be something like that on IBM as well.

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Answer:can't load new operating system

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Hi there,

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Answer:Cannot Load Operating System

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Answer:XP SP2 Operating system won't load!

and welcome to the Forum

You cannot move XP installations around swaping out the hard drive . . it will fail because the devices are different.

If the pc finds the secondary drive, it likely indicates the first one failed . . you can check that out using the diagnostic that matches the hard drive ( put the original master dirve in to diagnose )

Western Digital

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I checked the MBA during boot and it is set to the following settings:

Boot Method: PXE
Local Boot: Enabled
Config Message Enabled
Message Timeout Enabled
Boot failure prompt Wait for timeout

I have two IBM personal computer 300PL's so any help that you could give me to get my operating system back on would be greatly appreciated. I am stumped . Ryan

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Answer:Operating system will not load

That laptop maybe too old to run XP.How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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Answer:cant load up operating system

Have you actually completed installation of XP? It sounds as though you have the boot menu that would be present during the process of installing XP and which it would use to reboot at various points during the installation. After XP is fully operational, this boot menu wouldn't be available.Were you clean installing XP or upgrading with an earlier OS still in place?

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Answer:HP e-pc will not load new operating system

The HP screen is part of the machines bios.. The reason it's not accepting the OS could be a few things.

Bad memory, overheating, overclocking, Bad power supply, Etc.. Personally, I'd place my bet on a bad power supply..

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Answer:Operating System Freezes

Do you know what error Windows gave you? This is important. To discard any other problem, first you must to test: CPU fan status (and what temperatura it reachs).Memory modules.Hard disk.

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Answer:windows 7 refuses to load and system repair wont load

Do a hardware/software reset with your BIOS:Shut down and turn off the computer.
Unplug the computer from the wall or surge protector (then remove the battery if it is a laptop).
"Remove the computer from any port replicator or docking station, disconnect
cables to printers or devices such as external monitors, USB memory sticks or SD cards, headset or external speakers, mouse or auxiliary keyboard, turn off WIFI and Bluetooth wireless devices." (Use Hard Reset to Resolve Hardware and Software Issues HP Pavilion dv5000 Notebook PC series - HP Customer Care (United States - English))
Hold down the power button for 30 seconds. This closes the circuit and ensures all
power from components is drained to clear the software connections between the BIOS
and hardware and clear any corruption in the temporary memory.
(If it is a laptop, plug the battery back into the laptop and then) Plug the computer back into the wall. Do not reconnect any unnecessary peripherals; monitor, keyboard,
and mouse should suffice and be the only peripherals reconnected.
Turn it on to reinitialize the software connections between the BIOS and hardware

After doing those steps, clear your CMOS by entering the BIOS (see your system manual for steps to enter the BIOS), going to the EXIT screen, and loading setup/optimized defaults.

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HiTrying to help setup a brand new pc for a friend (elonex,amd athlon xp28000+,512mb)running windows xp proEvery time we boot up we get a choice saying Please choose an operating system....1. Microsoft xp pro edition2. Microsft windowsany clues as to why it is doing this?

Answer:operating system choice menu keeps coming up

You obviously have 2 operating systems installed.In W2K look up the systems information in Control panel click on advanced and set the system you want. Also clear the tick box that opens the option of presenting a menu of the 2 systems

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Hey,I was creating a new partition and installing a new install of Windows XP Professional of the new partiton, when a error appeared and forced me to reboot. I did this, and recieved the error, 'Unable To Load Operating System'Now my first idea was to attempt to boot from the XP CDROM, but my problem is i use a USB CDR/W drive, and a typical IDE CDROM drive, and mine is broken. How can i boot from my USB CDROM drive? Is it possible? I have had a quick look through the boot part of my BIOS, and i cant see an option which would allow me to do this.What options do i have for getting my PC booting again? Im thinking i may have to format and start again?But again, i would have the problem of Installing the OS again, from my USB CDROM drive...Seems like a sticky problem!Any help would be great,Peter O'Connell

Answer:Unable To Load Operating System

No..... you cannot boot from USB.

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Hi can any one please help. My girlfriends laptop won't start up. Whenever I switch it on all I get is the menu to start windows normally or in safe mode( think this is called a bios screen?)I have selected every option on this screen but the laptop just restarts itself after a second after selecting an option.I fear the recovery disc is needed.... Heeeelp?

Answer:Laptop won't load operating system

If you have a recovery disk, try the repair option. As you gave no info on your setup, it's difficult to advise further.

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An aquaintenance got a new computer and gave us there old one. Said we could have it if we could get it to work. :foolish
It is a T1742 eMachine, 1.70 Ghz Intel Celeron Processor, 40GB HD, 56K Modem It is suppose to already have Windows XP home on it but it says " No operating system found" :confused When we tried to load Windows XP on it it quit installing at 90% Saying " Can't copy file" after 2 unsucessful retries I went ahead and skipped the file to see if it would continue loading. The same thing happened at the next file. This was a brand new Windows XP CD so I know that isnt the problem. :hammer:hammer:hammer:hammer
Any ideas? We know very little about what we are doing LOL so you'll have to be specific.
I appreciate any help given!!

Answer:No Operating System /won't complete XP load

See if the hard drive is seen in the BIOS.
To get into the BIOS, there is usually a mention when the computer boots up. It will say something like press F2 to enter setup.

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Just bought a new dfi NFll Ultra Infinity motherboard,installed it went into bios auto detect drives.Computer detects everything but stops and says"unable to load operating system"I'm running win2k pro.Whats wrong?

Answer:unable to load operating system?

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My father's computer (XP Professional OS) can't load the OS on bootup, and gives a message like unable to load operating system. He said he never created a startup disk, and I don't think he has the installation disk. Any suggestions on how to get this computer going again?

Answer:Unable to load operating system

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I was away from my laptop and when I came back there was a one-line message that said something like, "Unable to load operating system." This was the first time I've seen that particular message when my computer wouldn't start.

Normally when the computer won't boot, I use HDD Regenerator to repair bad HDD sectors and recover the data. So I did that and it repaired 4 bad sectors. But I still got the same error message on restart.

Next I put in my XP install disc to go into recovery console. It didn't ask me to log into Windows like it normally does; just a C: prompt. I tried to use CHKDSK /R. But when I tried this, it said something like, "The hard disk has an unrecoverable error." I tried deleting BOOT.INI but it gave me some error message. BOOTCFG /REBUILD yielded, after some time examining the HDD, another error message I can't remember.

So then I did something which probably was a mistake. I used FIXMBR and FIXBOOT, and they reported success. Then I tried to copy over NTLDR. I got a BSOD in the process.

I restarted. It said booting CD, inspecting hardware config... and then nothing. Just a blank screen, no HDD activity. I couldn't get my XP CD to boot! CTL-ALT-DEL didn't work, so I hit the power button.

On restart I used the BIOS utility to inspect the HDD. All tests came back PASSED, so I'm pretty sure the HDD isn't FUBARed; I think it can be recovered if only someone knows how.

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Answer:Unable to load operating system

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I just bought a new motherboard to replace one that died. When I installed it I kept getting the error "failure to load operating system" after the normal boot up sequence. It would stop on the error. I attempted fixing the boot sectors on my HD, reinstalling and repairing windows XP. That didn't work so I got a different HD and tried it again. Both disks got the error. When I did the install, the normal boot to cd worked, the computer would reset, and the install wouldn't continue like it should. It would generally loop endlessly from boot to CD, install setup files, reboot, start over. I figured that the motherboard was screwy and I sent it back. I just recieved the replacement motherboard and it is experiencing the exact same problems. I at least know that the problem wasn't a defective motherboard.

My computer worked just fine with the old motherboard, so something about the new one is causing the error. Any ideas?

Processor: AMD Athlon XP 1900
Running XP professional, I assume SP-1, though I can't really check.
HD1: IBM 80Gig 7200rpm
HD 2: Seagate 20Gig 7200rpm
CdRW: Plextor
Graphics card: LEADTEK Geforce TI 4400
Case: Antec sx-840 server case
PSU: 400 Watt
RAM: 512 DDR (2 sticks of 256) PC2100

Old mobo - Soyo Dragon Plus! SY-K7V VIA KT266A
New Mobo - DFI NFII ULTRA INFINITY with Nvidia nForce2 Ultra 400 + MCP-T chipset.

Thank you in advance.

Answer:Failure to load operating system

i had lots of problems to reinstall winxppro os but my problem was solve when i got the bios update
what do you have in your comp?
hd ram did you do a single hd format? whats the size?

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Installed XP Home edition, Sp2, went ok
Cd reader quit ater downn load, Microsoft fix: Modify Registry Editor
1. In Registry Editor, expand My Computer, and then expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
2. Expand SYSTEM, and then expand CurrentControlSet.
3. Expand Control, and then expand Class.
4. Under Class, click {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}.
5. In the right pane (topic area), click UpperFilters. ????????
Cannot find any Upper or low filters in the pane ??

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can anyone helpI have acquired a PC which does not have the cabability to boot from CD ROM i.e. there is no option on the BIOS only Floppy or hard drive. There is a CD ROM fitted.I have flattened a hard drive and formatted it ready to goHow do I load the operating systemRgdsMike

Answer:Unable to load operating system

first of all. How is your cd drive connected. It seems here that your cd drive is not recognised as it should be shown in bios devices. if your cd drive is on secondary ide channel then set the jumper to master. If it is on primary ide channel along with the harddrive then set it as slave. If that isn't the problem then sorry i can't help you. Check the ribbon cables are properly plugged in and the power cable is also connected the right way around on it. Sometimes it can get mixed up on which way round they should be.

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My XP laptop gives a "unable to load the operating system" error immediately on startup. I am far from home, way out in the "bush" with no postal service and no startup disk. Should i panic?
Thanks for any help.

Answer:unable to load operating system..

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I installed Mac OSX on my Eee PC 1000H... it worked fine...
but the partition I had created was not very big and I could not save much... so i decided to delete and reformat the partition which contained XP, after which it all seemed fine... I kept using my laptop then I turned it off... the next day when I came to start it up again it turned on the bios showed and then it just said (on the black screen)... unable to load operating system?

Now I have thought of a couple of things I could do:

1. Reformat the Hard Disk and just reinstall XP (I need XP for a number of my programming assignments at uni), but I am not sure if this will work?

2. Load the Mac OSX again from a usb stick but then I will still have the problem of XP not working... and also im not entirely sure how to do this... or if it will even work.

Any other...possibly better ideas, and your thoughts would be appreciated.


Answer:Unable to load operating system??

Unless something has changed (which it very well may have; I don't keep up with Apple much) OSX will only install on a Mac, unless it has been hacked to install on a PC, which would make it an illegal copy of the OS.

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Is it possible to load up a MS operating system from a USB drive?
Has anyone done it?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:USB drive + MS operating system = Load?

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I am new here.
I try installing windows 7 ultimate to my notebook Panasonic Cf-52.
I initialised the bitlocker to my Drive C and also encrypted it, then I restarted the computer. At boot up, bitlocker requested to enter 48digits to confirm. I pressed esc to exit that screen and windows 7 started normally.
The next day ,the second time I started win 7, I did enter 48digit and got successful confirmation.
But the third time started win 7 , It is strange that the screen to request 48 digits was on again, this time I just pressed esc and continued to log on to windows.
This morning , I started win 7 and I could not enter to windows.
At nervous, I did insert the win 7 installation DVD and try the fix boot recovery. It works for some minutes and then request to restart. The problem is here, my laptop just only appeared the line "error to load operating system" when starting windows
Now it just hang there. It seems that my SSD is locked by bitloacker.
The Cf-52 has TPM v1.2, it uses the SSD intel Gen2.

Any one can help me to load windows 7 normally?
Can I use other computer to access the data on the SSD as the SSD contains the OS , not the data only?
If I can not use the data on the SSD, Will I be able to just format the drive and install windows again ? How to do that ?
I did try to install windows to the SSD but the win 7 installation wizard just not see the SSD as usual.
Many thanks.

Answer:Error to load operating system.

I solved myself by using killdisk included in UBCD and gone all the data ! I reinstalled win 7 successfully.

But i have another problem that happen many times. it is that after 2 days using and had win 7 updated. Win 7 got error reporting that it could not write to memory address ..... and it could not fix, I had to shutdown win 7. After shutdown and restart, win 7 just disappeared and my Cf-52 could not start to boot to win 7, it reported that no hard drive installed (i.e the boot agent could not see the SSD, how strange !).
Anybody have such case like me ?
Is it the Cf-52 hardware compatible with the Intel SSD or is it just the issue of win 7 and Intel SSD ?

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Unable to load operating system is the message i get when my toshiba laptop with vista home is turned on.

I was on my compuer and yet again it froze > in frustration i give it a couple of little bangs > it went beeeeeeeep > i turned it off > i turned it on, and then it tried to restore files a couple of times but now i just get the above message.

i am trying to copy my hardrive before i use the vista recovery disk to try to fix it.

i bought a case for it (sata 2.5) and i pluged it into my mums vista desktop and i also tried my sisters xp desktop. both times it displayed as
drive F,
drive G,
dirve H,
drive J
under my computer.

when you click on any of them it gives the please insert disk into drive # message.

Any Idead?

And thanks for looking.

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I am sorry for the lack of information..I am at work and I cant remember..I will explain the best I can.

I have the same problem as this person did...

I reformated the HD and did an install with Win XP Home edition SP2 and after it formats and installs the files it reboots and it gives me the error "Failed to load operating system"

I took the HD out, put it in another computer and installed win XP and it works fine...I put it back in the original computer and BOOM...same Error.

Its an AMD..I think the MOBO said 3100a Pro..

It has 256 MB of DDR400 Ram. with a 40 GIG Maxor HD and a 350 Watt Power Supply.

Now I also Disconnected each piece of hardware one at a time and tried the installs and it doesnt work..I tried removed the Ethernet Card, Then the Modem Car, Then the Floppy Drive Etc...

Like I said, there is a good copy of Win XP that works in my other computers on this Hard Drive, but as soon as I install it in the problem computer it gives me a "Failed to load operating system" error....

Should I just replace the mother board?

Answer:Failed to Load Operating system

the bios identifies the hd incorrectly , provide the mobo model and ill tell you how to make it identify it correctly

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here is the deal. installed a new harddrive on a friends computer. installed the OS onthe new HDD and it wouldnt boot. wellllll i went and put back in the old HDD and now it wont boot that one either but what is worse is that the bios wont load either. i reset the bios by taking out the CMOS battery. even switching the jumpers. it reset my bios but it just wont load my bios menu. when i turn the pc on it tells me i need to set time and date in the bios big deal since i just reset it. however, when i hit delete to load the claims its "loading setup" but it never does. i let it sit for hours and it never loads the bios. its like its frozen. anyone have any suggestions on what i can do? i would be happy if i can just get the old configuration working so he can have a computer

Answer:PC wont boot AND wont load any bios..

What jumpers did you mess with. Was it a bios reset jumper?What is the system specs? It sounds like the Bios is toast.Try to go to the web site of the motherboard manfg,and get a bios and make a BIOS image on floppy and reflash the BIOS. There should be instructions on how to do this.

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computer started freezing up on me. Can not open programs from start menu and i cant use task maniger. when i start in safe mode mup.exe is last on list

Answer:program menu wont open, freezes up

So what excatly are you asking? Click this link to help you get better answers: HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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I had installed windows 8 previously.
Decided to play an old game that does not work on windows 8 and so I had to install windows xp.
(Created a separate partition for windows xp ofcourse)
When I installed windows xp, the option to choose which operating system to start first has not come up.

I run windows 8 repair and managed to get windows 8 running again. Now I can't seem to see an option to get windows xp to run?

What should have happened is that I should have installed xp first and then windows 8 on a new partition. That way it would be updated and I would get to choose an operating system with a colored background. Since I did it backwards due to nostalgia, I can't seem to see the option to choose which operating system I wish to start.

In the advanced system properties, under "Start-up and recovery" The only os I can see in the list is windows 8. (Default os list)
The time to display os is at 30 seconds

How do I fix this in order to see the windows 8 style, os choosing screen?

Answer:Windows 8's choose operating system menu not showing

Get EasyBCD, it is pretty easy to use, and is 'made' for your situation:

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Hi everyone hoping you can help me out.
I have just formatted an old IDE drive connected to my computer - and when i restarted I recieved an error: "Boot MGR is missing" press CTRL ALT DEL to restart.

Obviously i forgot that when i installed Windows XP around 6 months ago that the boot manager was on the drive i just formatted and therefore have deleted the boot manager.
Consequently i cannot boot into my newly installed windows 7 or windows XP.

My next move was to put my windows 7 disk in the drive and use the repair utility. However my problem lies when i come to the menu: "Select an operating system that you want to repair" - I have neither windows XP or windows 7 available to select i.e. there are no options. Despite this, when use the option "if your operating system isn't listed, click load drivers" - all of my hard drives are then listed.

Does anybody have any suggestions?

p.s i tried the XP recovery utility also - but when i select which the system to repair - it asks for an administrators password - which it keeps claiming is incorrect when i enter it but i swear it not. weird.


Answer:Startup repair menu doesn't see an operating system

Mark WIn7 or it's 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred if you have it) Active, boot the WIn7 DVD System Recovery Options or System Repair Disk, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots.

To Mark Partition Active press Shift F10 at first screen when booting DVD or Repair CD, or choose Command Line from Repair Console's Recov Tools list, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (confirm from list this is WIn7 HD #)
SELECT PARTITION # (replace # with WIn7 part #)

Now return to Recov Tools list to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times with reboots to write MBR to Win7.

If this fails everything possible that can be done is here for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start.

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I have recently become unable to download videos from you tube and suspect that antiquated software may be the problem

Answer:What is the highest operating system available for the nokia 710 and where can i down load it?

Downloading YouTube videos is a violation of YouTube's Terms of Service, and is not to be discussed here. Keep it Legal - Moderators and admins reserve the right to close threads and ban members that post copyrighted and/or illegal materials. These kinds of activities can get us into trouble, and nobody wants that... so just don't do it. If you have questions on this, ask a moderator.
Content is provided to you AS IS. You may access Content for your information and personal use solely as intended through the provided functionality of the Service and as permitted under these Terms of Service. You shall not download any Content unless you see a ?download? or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that Content. You shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any Content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of YouTube or the respective licensors of the Content. YouTube and its licensors reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to the Service and the Content.

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I have bought a IBM Thinkpad 560Z laptop with no operating system or internal drives. I want to load XP onto it. I have bought an IBM external CD ROM drive - USB 2.0 with optional split PS2 connectors.

I have tried connecting it from the cd drives USB to the PS2 on the laptop, it lights up and I can put the bootable XP CD in the drive. However the same startup screen always comes up on the laptop.

It is a picture of a floppy disk, with all the F keys along the bottom, the picture of F1 pressed down, and pressing between F1 and F8 just stays in a black screen, and gives "I9990302 I9990302 I9990305" if that means anything. You can't go any further.

Is this because there is no driver for the drive? The USB driver is on a floppy disk, but does it need this going from USB on the drive to the laptops PS2? Do I need to get an external floppy drive and install it/another driver, to then install XP?

What's the easest way to get XP on this machine?

Answer:How to load operating system with not internal drives

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Hi All,

I've been asked again to see if I can restore a friend's PC. It's an HP desktop PC, that should be running Vista At first, it wouldn't do anything so I assumed it was hardware related. After I took off the cover and vaccuumed it out somewhat, while it was slightly tilted, it did attempt to boot, but the operating system would not start. I used Hiram's Boot CD, and didn't solve anything. I attempted to do a recovery with the CD for my Toshiba laptop, but it was unsuccessful. The owner says she cannot find a recovery CD, which I think would make this much easier.

Today, I created the Avira Rescue Disk, twice, because instead of a penguin logo, what appeared on a black screen were two oppossums wearing beak-masks. I assumed I had downloaded a virus from a bad link, but the same thing happened on my second attempt, so now I'm wondering if the system is blocking the antivirus software from running on the CD.

I really enjoy solving complex problems, but have very little knowledge about computers compared to you guys. I just happen to be the most computer literate person around who'll try to solve PC problems for free. Can anyone lead me in the right direction? I have performed many diagnostic tests, and really don't think it is hardware, but I'm not positive. There are several partitions; none will boot, and I'm just not sure what's what. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Answer:Puzzled about where to start; operating system won't load.

I have moved your thread to the software forum as we can not help you with any malware issues until you can boot to a stable system.

If you cannot boot in any mode ( safe or normal mode ) and you cannot run any of the READ & RUN ME there is not much we can do for you except suggest what is in the below quote box

[*]Take the hard disk out and scan it in another well protected PC
[*]Use another PC to make a special CD which you can boot from to try and run virus and spyware scans or to at least backup data. CDs like the below:
Kaspersky Rescue Disk.
BitDefender Rescue Disk-with-auto-update.

Click to expand...


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My HP pro 3330 Microtower doesn't load operating system. when I switch it on, it shows only blue color and it's written: press esc key for the start menu.  The above image shows what is displayed by my computer for hours and hours and it doesn't go beyond. I Have removed everything And reconnected them but no change. My pc is HP pro 3330 MicrotowerOS: Windows 7 proffessional 32 bit Help me please.  

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I am assembling a computer for my son for christmas.. I bought a new inexpensive motherboard and cpu (a biostar with a duron 700mhz processor) and a used hard drive and floppy, cdrw.
It boots up fine but I cannot get the operating system to load correctly.. it always ends up saying some of the files are corrupted, or unable to copy certain key files.. I have tried both ME and XP. I think it might be the hard drive, although it seems to check out ok when I do a scan disk, so I thought I would start with replacing that. .. I hope it isn't the mb or the cpu, but at least they are still under warranty.
Any ideas?

Answer:[SOLVED] operating system won't load correctly

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My HP pro 3330 Microtower doesn't load operating system. when I switch it on, it shows only blue color and it's written: press esc key for the start menu.  The above image shows what is displayed by my computer for hours and hours and it doesn't go beyond. I Have removed everything And reconnected them but no change. My pc is HP pro 3330 MicrotowerOS: Windows 7 proffessional 32 bit Help me please.  

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This is a Sony Viao Laptop. It is not equiped with an integrated floppy disk drive. The CDrom does not work, however it is equiped with an external CDrom. All bios settings have been reset to factory specs but its does not boot XP. always get msg "cannot load operating system" The question is this. It seem the harddrive may have been formated and there is no way to use a startup disk or the recovery cd's to reinstall XP. Is there anything that can be done? Network to another sys, etc. Any ideas? This puzzles me. I am worried that the computer does not recognize the external cd rom and recovery cannot proceed. Infact, I do not know how to install the neccessary drivers for the external cdrom much less installing XP. I want to try everything short of replacing the factory cdrom which broke. (read expensive, prolly can replace it with labor). Any Ideas? Humorous comments expected.

Answer:Error Message "cannot Load Operating System"

Humorous comments expectedDid you hear the one about the....Welcome to Bleeping Computer!I need some clarification. How did you reformat the hard drive, I mean, how did this happen? Are we SURE the hard drive in this laptop still works?Is the external CD ROM connected via a USB port?

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As the title of this thread explains.
Every time i boot the computer up, i go past the first post screens, select boot from cd/dvd and then it shows the loading of the cd (this is for xp btw)
i then get to the screen where it asks me what i want to do eg, install windows or exit.
I click install and then it just says please wait and sticks on this screen.
I have left it like this for several hours and nothing has happened.
i've tried resetting the bios, still the same thing.

Pc spec is:
Asrock 4CORE1333 FULL HD Motherboard
Intel 2.66ghz dual core processor
2 x 1gb 667mhz ram.
500 watt win power powersupply
250gb seagate hdd ide
sony + pioneer dvd-rw drives (ide)
Onboard graphics.

IF you know anything id be very greatful to hear it.
building the pc for the old man, desperate to get it running.


Answer:Built Pc Does Not Seem To Load Operating System Cd/dvd Properly

Try using one of your Sony drives.

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This is really weird. When I try to turn on my computer with my atache usb drive inserted my computer says that it was unable to load the operating system. When I shut the computer down, take the drive out and reboot without it in, the computer works fine. All I have to do is insert the drive later. It's not a big deal, but I'm wondering what could possibly cause this.

Answer:Solved: Unable to Load Operating System

It sounds to me like you may have your boot order set to check USB drive first and then your internal hard drive. The system is looking for an operating system on the USB drive and not finding it, which gives you the error.

Enter your BIOS and change the boot order to internal drive first and then USB. Plug your USB drive in and try booting again.

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My edge 420 suddenly stopped working yesterday. When I turn it on, it shows me option if I want to restore or use the normal set up, and neither of the options owrk, it just freezes no matter what key I press, F11 for recovery or Esq for normal set up. It just shows the 'loading files' message for a second and then a blank screen forever, nothing happens in the meantime. I tried restarting again and again and I feel that the situation may get worse. I called the tech support, and they said they cannot sun it through with me as my warranty is over. I am not sure what to do or what the problem is now. It is only two years and I am facing this problem.

Answer:Edge 420 does not load operating system (Windows 7)

Hi,I have the same model, and I might be able to help.  Yesterday, you shut the system down and were not able to boot it back on Windows? Or the system shut down randomly by itself?I believe your files are safe, although I can't confirm it yet.  A picture of the options screen you see would be helpful.Do you have access to a Windows 7 installation CD?EDIT: If you do see a screen with infos saying "Windows failed to start" or any similar screen, that might mean that the bootloader is corrupted, but the hard-drive possibly is not damaged.  I can't confirm it yet, I need more information, and actually wonder how the problem occurred randomly in first place.

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I am currently running windows XP. A few months ago my system would not load the operating system. I received the error unable to load operating system. I could only run my computer in safe mode. I searched around and saw where if I boot from the CD and go through the repair option and get to the c: prompt and type fixboot that it would work. Well I did and it did work.. Sorta.

After the fixboot everything was fine. However, now when I hit the eject button on my DVD burner door the door opens, closes and my system will shut down and restart??? And now I get the error message again of unable to load operating system. Had a large video project and went to transfer it to DVD and opened the door and total shut down..

So everytime the DVD's are used or the computer is turned off I must boot from the CD and do the whole fixboot thing..

Is there a way to stop this from happening?

Answer:Unable to load operating system - Windows XP
19-Mar-2009, 02:13 PM #1
Solved: Unable to load operating system - Windows XP
Unable to load operating system - Windows XP
19-Mar-2009, 02:22 PM #1

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Hello everyone.

Today I turned on my laptop A300 and does not load the operating system. That is, Toshiba logo appears, the message "Press F2 to enter SETUP ",... but not continuous with the boot. Yesterday it worked and did not update the BIOS or something else.

Anyone have any idea? I have removed a SDRAM of the two, and vice versa, to verify that the problem was not RAM, but no. There is no beep's. LEDs keys "NumLock" and others, on and off when I pulses it, so that the keyboard responds but pressing F2 or F12 does nothing.

Thank you very much for your help.

Answer:Satellite A300-288 does not load the operating system

Start your notebook with F8 and test if you can start OS in ?Safe mode?.

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not sure if im in the right place
but computer wont do anything but load up with options to do system repair or whatever its called but it says it cant fix the problem i dont have disc for it or any pw's im on a reg user account it wont load in safe mode but by doing different things i have access to do various things but not sure what or how to lol i had issues before and got them fixed by using sites similar to this any help is appreciated

Answer:system repair wont work windows wont load

Might be a failing Hard drive. Get to your bios and see if there is any diagnostics there to do a hard drive test. On some motherboards its delete on others its F2. If there is no diagnostics on the bios i would make a USB bootable diagnostics and do that.
I just had the same problems and found out the hard way that it was a hard drive.

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I've recently updated by bios to the newest one available. After this was done, I rebooted and now windows freezes at the point where it seems to load the ACPI driver. Then after about 10 seconds the CPU cooler gets boosted to 100% speed and then it won't go further. I also tried reinstalling the system but once it's done with the progressbar that both vista and xp runs before installation, it freezes again.

Last thing I tried was to run Windows XP (error safe) which works fine. For me it seems like the bios has a problem of some sort. Does anyone know what can be the problem?

Answer:Operating system on Satellite Pro A120 freezes


Are you 100% sure that you have used a right BIOS for a right notebook series?
One the Toshiba European driver page you can find two different Satellite Pro A120 series.

For the Sat Pro A120 PSAC0E the 3.30-win BIOS is available and for PSAC1E you will find a 3.40-win BIOS

Did you use the right one?

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Hi everyone, I'll keep it short and to the point.

What I had initially:

120 GB hardisk divided into 3 partitions.
1st partition (22.2GB) with XP, second partition (30GB) with win 7 and rest (60 GB) as mass memory for storage.

What I did:

Installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS desktop 32 bit with USB on the partition which had XP.
For that I had to format it and convert to ext4 and also create a swap memory of ~3GB.
Thus I finally have 1 partition with ubuntu another with win 7 and another with mass memory.

Now, Problem:

MBR got damaged as win XP partition was formatted (which had bootloader) and thus I can't login to win 7 from Ubuntu Grub.

To solve this problem I had to create a USB recovery disk for win7. But now the problem is even after using bootrec command which gave sucess result for fixmbr, fixboot, scanos and rebuildbcd i am not able to boot into win 7. The computer just hangs after bootup with a blinking cursor.

So what should I do now ??

Answer:MBR damaged and Win7 System Recovery menu doesn't see an operating sys

Quote: Originally Posted by satya10123

Hi everyone, I'll keep it short and to the point.

What I had initially:

120 GB hardisk divided into 3 partitions.
1st partition (22.2GB) with XP, second partition (30GB) with win 7 and rest (60 GB) as mass memory for storage.

What I did:

Installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS desktop 32 bit with USB on the partition which had XP.

For that I had to format it and convert to ext4 and also create a swap memory of ~3GB.
Thus I finally have 1 partition with ubuntu another with win 7 and another with mass memory.

Now, Problem:

MBR got damaged as win XP partition was formatted (which had bootloader) and thus I can't login to win 7 from Ubuntu Grub.

To solve this problem I had to create a USB recovery disk for win7. But now the problem is even after using bootrec command which gave sucess result for fixmbr, fixboot, scanos and rebuildbcd i am not able to boot into win 7. The computer just hangs after bootup with a blinking cursor.

So what should I do now ??

Use your Windows 7 cd to run Startup Repair.

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Hello Experties,I am using dual boot on my system, windows xp in C: and windows 7 on other partition,I am using 7 always and xp as frequently, when I start PC it was showing both os to choose,last night I found that my xp is not booting and its some of files have been corrupted, Than I installed the xp in same partition as before, after completion of installation, it is restarted and not shown the os choose menu,I shutdown and again restart the system, directly it loads xp,so can you please suggest me what is the problem and how to deal with itthanks in advanceThere is GOD where there is true smile for someone...

Answer:Operating system choose menu for dual boot XP & Win7

Your new XP installation has overwritten the Windows 7 bootloader with XP's own bootloader which has also removed the dual-boot startup menu.You can restore the dual-boot setup you had before with a utility called "EasyBCD" from here:

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So last night I was on my comp, and got hit with a BSOD out of nowhere.

System restarted, and now when windows loads, the desktop icons wont show up, and neither will the taskbar, then the whole thing just freezes

I try to run in safe mode, and this will work for only about 1 minute or so until it freezes as well.

I have tried all the F8 options/fixes, and nothing has worked so far.

Any help at all?
I'm completely at a loss here

ps- i'm a total n00b at tech stuff, so keep in mind heh...

Answer:BSOD, now Windows 7 wont load/freezes

Use Advanced Boot Options and select Repair Your Computer (the guide to get to advanced boot options is included in that link). Repair Your Computer will get you to the Recovery Environment or System Recovery Options screen. Choose System Restore in part 6. Use OPTION TWO of the System Restore guide to restore to an earlier date before the problems began. Let us know if this works.

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Upon start screen computer gives message: "error loading operating system"
Computer: Dell D-600 laptop
xp pro

Answer:error: unable to load operating system message

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Hi guys.

I will apologise now i really am a noob here ive done a lot of researching on forums and found some great help so full respect for all you guys you really do know your stuff.

I have recently purchased an Acer Aspire Z5610 it is a second user buy.

Straight away i noticed that it just wasnt working right which is half to be expected im sure when buying second user equipment.

After doing some research on forums i came to the conclusion of erasing the C drive and reloading the OS with the system restore disc i created on the computer.

I was getting all the way through and it was failing and suggested that there was a fault on the memory disc. Ive managed to get into the back of the computer and removed the RAM sticks and tried loading with just 1 and with both and all the different combinations of being in different ports.

Now it gets to 2% and just stops loading altogether its just sticks at wherever its stopped.

Im lost for answers now which is why i have decided to post.

Can anybody offer any suggestions please?

Many thanks in advance.

Answer:Acer Aspire Z5610. Can not load operating system from DVD

As you talking second hand, I would Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

or return to seller to check out.

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When I turn on my Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX the Startup Repair starts automatically, I have my Recovery disc, but when I use the F10 button it goes to a blank screen and does nothing. The Assist button does the same thing and I have tried the F8, ... Can someone please help? I tried to run a system restore but would not complete sucessfully.

Answer:Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX Operating System will not load

Does anyone have any solutions to this problem? Please help!!

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i did a quick format on my 80 gb hd and i did a complete install of windows and now when it restarts it asks me which OS i want to load up (both win xp home).

why is it doing this when i formatted??

Answer:why am i being asked to choose an operating system to load, when i formatted?

Because you chose to format the installation partition instead of deleting it, recreating it and then formatting it. The partition table and the MBR still have data from the old installation that the new installation picked up on, hence you have two OSes listed in your boot.ini file - that's what lists the available OSes on that menu.

There is a thread here at the HardForum where I explained in detail about how to modify the boot.ini file within Windows so you don't have that other OS listed anymore. You can find that particular posting HERE.

Hope it helps...

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I am currently running windows XP. A few months ago my system would not load the operating system. I received the error unable to load operating system. I could only run my computer in safe mode. I searched around and saw where if I boot from the CD and go through the repair option and get to the c: prompt and type fixboot that it would work. Well I did and it did work.. Sorta.

After the fixboot everything was fine. However, now when I hit the eject button on my DVD burner door the door opens, closes and my system will shut down and restart??? And now I get the error message again of unable to load operating system. Had a large video project and went to transfer it to DVD and opened the door and total shut down..

So everytime the DVD's are used or the computer is turned off I must boot from the CD and do the whole fixboot thing..

Is there a way to stop this from happening?

Answer:Solved: Unable to load operating system - Windows XP
19-Mar-2009, 02:13 PM #1
Solved: Unable to load operating system - Windows XP
Unable to load operating system - Windows XP
19-Mar-2009, 02:22 PM #1

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I dropped my computer last night, and I think I may have broken something due to the message it's giving me now. I just want to be able to recover the files from my hard drive, if possible. I don't want to throw it away if there's a chance to get some of my files back.

It is an Asus K53E.

Answer:Unable to load/boot Windows Operating System

What is the message that you receive?

Check to make sure all the components are seated securely. Hard drive,dvd drive,Memory modules,etc

If the hard drive is in working order you may be able to remove from the laptop and using

a SATA/IDE to USB adapter connect it to another working pC and recover the files

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I have just bought a laptop as above in excellent condition with new 40GB HDD fitted - only one problem - I didn't realise that a CD drive is not standard!! Is there a clever way that I can load an operating system without using a CD drive? There is a genuine Windows 2000 sticker and I have a 2000 CD, I have a network, an external Hard Drive, a large capacity USB pen. There's got to be a way of doing this, hasn't there???

Answer:Portege 3490CT load operating system no cd drive

Check the options for boot up in the BIOS. See if there is a network boot option. Failing that, a USB boot options.If either is present, you can get the OS on that way.

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Hi, I'm running Windows 7 on a Dell Dimension 5150. I recently received a failed to load operating system error and a Drive 1 not found error. I ran a startup repair from the Windows 7 disc and received a message it failed to repair automatically and that the "Boot Sector for system disk partition is corrupt" error code=0x17. I do have some files I'd like to retrieve off of the hard drive if possible so if I can repair it, I'd like to try. Is there anyway to repair this? If so, how do I go about this? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Boot sector Corrupt, operating system won't load

It looks like the HDD has failed. You can create an Ubuntu Live CD and boot off of that. If the HDD is detected, you can browse it in Ubuntu and copy your files to a USB HDD.
Once safely backed up, restart the computer and press F12 at bootup and do the Diagnostics. If the HDD fails, it will need to be replaced.

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I started my dell today,and it would not load.A black screen came up saying *operating system not found* and it would not load any further than this screen.I have an operating system reinstallation cd,but i tried loading cd with portable cd-rom drive,but nothing happens.Can anyone help please.RegardsSamantha

Answer:how to load operating system on dell inspiron 910 mini

Welcome to CH forum. Many volunteers here would like to help you. First thing is to give all relevant details about your computer and the problem. The  computer may have ability to boot up from the installation disk. But the details vary by both maker and model.

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When i try to load counter strike source it just chrashes back to the start menu.
i have tried defragging it aswell as cachéing the files im unsure what to do please help

Answer:CSS wont load when i try the window crashes back to the start menu

what processor do you have? what ram do you have? what graphics card do you have?
it should tell you in control panel - system .
update your directx?
update your graphics card drivers?
do a registry scan?

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İ am not a stranger to viiruses on my computer, and thanks to Bleeping Computer have managed to help many friends solve their problems too.
However this one has me really stumped and İ would appreciate some assistance on it.
İ have already tried the following programs and actions myself.
Restored system to earliest date possible.
Re-installed web-browsers
Ran combofix
Reg clean pro
Clean up
AntiMalware Bytes
Security Check
Microsoft Fixit.
Nothing has fixed this problem and although the above programs found a few problems, the system is now supposedly completely clean, my hard disk is only approximately 30% full, any suggestions would be very much appreciated, the pc works fine other than online, which renders it an expensive paperweight (currently).
Many thanks in advance..

Answer:No downloads and internet just freezes pages wont load

Let's focus on Internet freezing without wondering about downloads yet
--- First of all you already did the gruntwork of determining that the computer is supossedly good and clean and that is definitely a good thing
I think we need a description of what is happening on internet freezing
--- For example, what happens when you try to access
------ Does appear but you can't move beyond that?
------ Do you get an error message?
Have you doubled checked all connections from wall to modem to computer?
------ If you are working wirelessly, reconnect anyway to see if it makes a difference
Can you access your ISP homepage but cannot get into internet sites?
--- Just recently one of my friends could call up his verizon home page but couldn't go beyond that
--- The modem light for the internet wasn't green, it might not even been on, I don't recall, but he called Verizon and they reset his modem configuration
--- Are your modem lights functioning ok?
Even if all of the above appears ok, consider calling your ISP if it makes sense to you 
Have you tried Safe Mode with Networking to see if you can move around on the internet the way you normally would?
How did internet access work when you were calling up the above programs?
--- I'm not really familiar on using those programs but I'd like to assume that clearing your internet cache, disk cleanup etc maintenance items have been completed
I know you said the computer runs fin... Read more

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My wife's computer crashed yesterday. She got a blue screen and then it rebooted. When it boots it will load the BIOS but then just hangs on a screen that says loading operating system. I tried using the win7 recovery disk, but it was unable to repair the startup issue. I am also unable to select which operating system to repair as it does not list any. I think her hard drive died, when I try to select the hard drive to load the OS from it just tells me the disk needs to be formatted. Are their any other recovery steps I should take? Is there any way to definitively tell whether the hard drive is dead?

It's a custom build running windows 7 ultimate x64
Gigabyte motherboard
Western digital HD 1Tb @7200rpm
AMD phenom II black
Radeon Hd 7950
8gig DDR 3

Answer:Windows will not load, hangs at 'loading operating system' during boot

To specifically test HDD have a look here
Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure
For general troubleshooting this will help
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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Trying to switch on the lapton and it won't load anything, all I get is a black screen with the cursor on it control alt delete doesn't have any effect and switching off and then on again doesn't work. Any suggestions???

Answer:Windows 8 pc won't load operating system - black screen with cursor

try Fruitbat's tip of removing the power lead and the battery. Hold the power button down for 10 secs then try again (this gets rid of any static electricity which frequently causes this symptom on a laptop).

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I have a gigabyte ga-945gcm-s2c motherboard. I had a 160 gig hard drive but its has since been deceased. When it died I could only get it to come on with an error message program that said I had memory problems. I'm not exactly sure how accurate it is. I have since bought a new seagate 500 gig internal drive and installed it. Now when I turn it on the BIOS system doesn't even come up. The monitor turns on like it recognizes the computer then goes right back into hybernation (No Signal). And if I plug in my old hard drive (160) it does the same thing. So something has changed on it between removal of old drive and installation of new drive. I'm kinda poor and this 500 gig was a big upgrade so I would like to not have to buy a new motherboard or anything (because I would have to pay for it to be installed). I'm pretty mechanical but not technical. I would do it if someone assured me of its ease and showed steps, but anywho. Any thoughts?

Answer:No bios!? Or operating system

try reseating the memory.......... take one stick out (if u have 2) try each one...........also try resetting the cmos

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My computer gets surges in the CPU while I'm online and everything freezes. The mouse can travel around freely and click on everything, but nothing responds. The freezing seems to last for around 10 seconds. When I hit ctrl/alt/del, I can see a huge surge in the CPU but not what is causing it. About a week ago, I followed your instructions for removing EliteBar32.exe with success (thanks for great advice and tools!), however, this problem of freezing is older than the spyware problem. A few days ago it took around 3 hours to boot up the computer which I was able to repair with Norton Disk Doctor and it's fine again. I don't know if the surging problem is hardware or software related. Can anyone help me?

Answer:Computer freezes while operating

First things I would do in your case is reduce everything not required when you bootup. This includes most of Norton Utilities. Turn them off until you need them - they don't need to run all the time.
Second - download CrapCleaner available this site and run it to clean out all the gunk that piles up in your machine.
Hope this helps

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Question: Bios wont load

Hey there my old computer is a Hp Kayak XA i switched it on the other day to try and get some music off it and wen i did nothing happened it switched on but no connection went to the moniter to say the comp on so i opened it up n 1 of the fans doesnt seem to be working this happened on my old computer before this i was wondering if anyone would be able to help by telling me how to get the bios back up i am a college student so i should be able to understand any computer language you use ;) please send the response as a personal message to me please i am desperate to get it working !!!

If you get this fixed you are a god lolz

Please reply from peter

Answer:Bios wont load

Hello and Welcome to TSF

Is there a light on the monitor and what color is it?
Is there any power at all to the computer? Is there a light in the motherboard? (some boards have a small led light)

If there is no power whatsoever to the computer change the power supply with a known compatible one.

What fan is not spinning?

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Question: Bios wont load

Ok.. my old pc just stopped working. I did a system restore and when it restarted the pc, the thing just froze there. The power is on, the fans are working, but it wont load anything. Theres uaually a beep after loading the bios, but there isnt so its not my graphic card. The screen is just blank after i turn the power on. So i decided to get a new motherboard and a new cpu, i put them together, same thing happens. It wont load anything can anyone give me some advice on this ?

Answer:Bios wont load

Sounds like the power supply crapped out on you. I doubt that your old mobo and new mobo both died on you.

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few days ago I bought one Thinkpad T60. All is fully functional excepting of one issue with BIOS password. It seems there is no password set previously since I can entry the BIOS menu and set all particular entries w/o any problem. Hovewer when I come to the point to set a BIOS password, the BIOS freezes suddently. Can anybody know what could be the reason for that? Is there some solution how to fix it? Thanks


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Answer:can`t open password tab to set a supervisor password in security menu of BIOS. BIOS freezes

Sounds like your have a supervisor password set already. You can set a supervisor password and still allow access to the bios by users with options of what settings they can change. If you do have an unknown bios password set, then the only option is to replace or repair the system board.  If you don't have a password set and you're still having unstability problems like this, then you may have a more serious problem. If the computer works well and exhibits no stabality problems in windows, then you could try reflashing the bios, but be careful, if a system freezes or crashes during the bios flash it will become unusable, but if you're already looking at needing a new system board, then you don't have much to lose.  Good Luck

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Hello, I have a problem with my notebook. When i start the notebook everything works fine.Windows is loading and i can use the notebook normaly. But when i want to load the bootmenu or the Bios it hangs. When i press ESC the only thing happens is:ESC.... Pause start-up at the bottom of the screen.and it hangs there.Does anybody has a solution for this problem? Kind regards, Fivepack

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I have Windows home premium 7 and recently had a conduit (Connect) search engine infection of IE, Google Chrome and Firefox search engines that took many hours to get rid of, apparently successfully. However, when my Guest Account is opened, it appears to load Ok, but at the very end of showing my desktop apps, I lose all control of the PC- mouse doesn't work (cursor not visible) and can only log off by power off. Then it return apparently normally to my home administrator account. I have bit defender and microsoft security essentials running. I downloaded Minitoolbar first, ran it to no avail, then Combofix with internet off, and both antivirus real time scans off. took a long time and it removed lots of stuff, but no impact on this problem. Then ran Malwarebytes with similar no impact. Then created a separate User Account and same result. I have run out of ideas. Help, please!

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My Computer: p5E, Sys type: x86 based PC, Processor: Intel (R) Core (TM) 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @2.40GHZ, 2405Mhz, 4core(s), 4 logical, Bios Version/Date: American Megatrends Inc 0607, Installed Ram; 4.00GB
My computer was built by my friend and we've had it for 3 years without problems. I have Windows Vista Home Premium, with service pack 1 and updates installed. I generally use Firefox but have IE installed also.

About 3 months ago the screen would go black (and even purple once,) sometimes when I was watching a movie. The sound would still play, but screen would go black, so I had to shut it off manually. At some point, one day I turned it on and instead of going to the Windows log-on screen, it went to a black screen on startup that said: Missing Operating System. We wiped the C drive and re-installed Windows and all my programs.

It seemed fine for a month, but then I started to get error messages and web-pages freezing again. We dusted out the computer and installed some updated drivers for our video card, and a week went by and I thought we were in the clear. But nope, the error messages and freezing started up again.

Here is what happens: When I have a few Firefox windows open and then go to close one or two of them, the computer freezes and then I get several error messages that are all similar but with different application error names. (for example, the error names would usually be things like: explorer.exe, nvxdsync.exe, dwm.exe, mswin.exe, hpqbam08.exe, sidebar.... Read more

Answer:Application error, freezes, restarts, missing operating system

If you still need assistance with these issues, please provide this information (even though you haven't related that you're having BSOD issues):

While waiting for a reply, please try these free diagnostics:


I suggest starting all troubleshooting with the following diagnostic tests. They'll save you a lot of time and heartache if there is a hardware failure, and you'll have the disks on hand in case you need them in the future:


H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
HD Diagnostic (read the details at the link) - Test ALL of the hard drives.

Also, please run one of these free, independent online malware scans to ensure that your current protection hasn't been compromised: Free Online AntiMalware Resources (read the details at the link)
There are also free, bootable antivirus disks at this link: Free Online AntiMalware Resources

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