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Help, Last Ditch Eff. Before Re-Formatting W/ Browning 12G.

by rotayte / July 27, 2007 6:36 AM PDT

Computer is a Sony Vaio PCG-K17 Laptop running XP Home. I kept getting the message "Cannot Find Hard Drive" I opened the cover to find that whoever had worked on the computer some months ago failed to re-install the metal mounting brackets on the sides of the HD which means it was plugged in but "Flopping" around in the compartment. So I figure that it's just beat itself to death and I need a new HD....made sense to me. Up until about 2 weeks ago the error messages would say operating system not found. I would power it down and then back up and usually by the 3rd or 4th try it would finally remenber that yes, it did in fact have an operating system and would boot up accordingly. I ordered a replacement Hitachi 80GB HD (Exact Factory OEM) I plugged it in and mounted it correctly this time with brackets. I power it up and it says "Hard Drive Not Found" Can somebody please help me? I did nothing to the hd before installing it, I don't have my XP restore disk but I do have a restore disk from a Gateway laptop that has Win. XP on it and my product key on the bottom of my Vaio. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You, John

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Update your..

BIOS and see if that doesn't fix it. Make sure ALL the wires to the HD are in good condition. All that flopping around may have cause a small break in one of the them, especially in the data cable. I believe it's something other than the HD. Too bad you can't bring it back to whomever worked on it last and "break" it over his noggin. Wink

and life goes on...


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Update Bios
by rotayte / July 27, 2007 11:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Update your..

Thanks for the info Jack, I'm not sure how to update my bios, but I'm going to assume that it's done by pressing F2 while the computer is booting up and takes you to that DOS looking section...the blue and grey and white section. Well I'll give that a shot and see if it says something obvious like "update bios click here" outside of that, I'm afraid I'll be out of luck. Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it. John

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by jackintucson / July 28, 2007 5:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Update Bios

F2 won't do it. You need to create a bootable CD with the BIOS on it. The laptop's manufacturer's website should have instructions on how to create the CD/floppy. Good Luck and let us know OK?

and life goes on...


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Bios Disk
by rotayte / July 28, 2007 5:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Nope..

Thanks Jack, I really appreciate it. I'll go to Sony's website now and try it. I'll let you know how that goes. Thanks again for your time Sir. John

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hmm i think i got it
by shubh.stone / July 27, 2007 6:49 AM PDT

see there can be two problems with the knowledge i have abt computers.
1. may be ur data cable is broken...u may not be able to figure it.
2. hd is not getting power... see hd have pins to give them specific voltage to operate may be wires for giving power are broken.
as ur computer says no hd found its not detecting hd no problems with hd i suppose and hey install linux why going for windows cd and all the stuff go for any linux free distro.

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Thanks Shub
by rotayte / July 27, 2007 11:22 AM PDT
In reply to: hmm i think i got it

I really appreciate it. I'll check the wires and see if I can spot anything. I think you were trying to tell me to install linux instead of windows. I think I'd have better luck landing the space shuttle but thanks anyway, I know you meant well. John

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