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Advanced computer help: My computer seems busted.

by championtoxote / October 4, 2012 2:17 AM PDT

Alienware M15X. Last known config was BIOS A09 and Windows 7 Ult (was working for ~3 years).

Ran into some serious boot errors the other week, so I wiped the drive and reset the BIOS, but when I boot it loads the POST screen, then gives me a "BOOTMGR missing\nPress CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart" error message. If I put in the recovery DVD on boot, it gets ignored (even on subsequent boots). If I put in a boot USB (tried Win7, Win8, and several Linux Live USBs), the boot freezes at the POST screen and pressing F2 results in a *BEEP* then nothing, and F12 does nothing.

A friend of mine insists this is a software issue.

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Clarification Request
Are you certain ...
by Edward ODaniel / October 4, 2012 7:44 AM PDT

that after accessing the BIOS you set the CD /DVD as the first boot device and SAVE the setting? That boot manager missing makes it look like your first boot device is still the hard drive.

If you are certain that the DVD is the first boot device have you tried a Linux distro on CD (rather than just on USB)?

I am asking because I have been known to forget to SAVE the changed boot device sequence once in a while when tired or had other things on my mind.

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Sounds like time for repair or replace.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 4, 2012 2:31 AM PDT

I'm sure folk warned you about gaming laptops and reduced life spans. I write consistently to expect 2 year life spans and be happy if it gets more.

The failed CD boot may be the same old optical drive failure which sounds correct to me since USB gets a little further.

What's odd here is you were able to wipe the drive. Sadly you didn't reveal how you did that.

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seems busted solution
by sunilsony1000 / October 5, 2012 11:16 PM PDT

Hello friend ,
u no need to worry, take out the hard blow into harddisk sockets and connector sockets
clean the dust and reattach it. repeat this precedure on ram also.

start the computer if the problem presist then restart it and
press f2 (it may be a different key on ur pc) . select first boot drive drive cd/dvd drive and press f10
if problem presist restart press f8 chhose last good configuration
i am sure your problem will solve

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