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Laptop HDD install wont boot?

by robrote / July 28, 2011 7:53 AM PDT

I'm working on a Compaq Presario F700. The hard drive went bad so I picked up a new one. The machine boots to BIOS but will not allow me to boot to a CD. I have set the order in BIOS with no success. I only get the 'Operating system not found' error.

I have used several re-installation CDs that I have, both Vista and XP.

I'm at my wits end. Any ideas?

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by robrote / July 28, 2011 7:55 AM PDT

Forgot to mention, the DVD rom is spinning when the power button is pushed.

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3 ideas
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 28, 2011 8:58 PM PDT

1] The CD/DVD drive lens is dirty, so clean it with a lens cleaner.

2] The drive has failed, and that means a replacement drive.

3] The disk(s) have failed. We sometimes get good results by copying the disk to a new disk and trying the new one. But that is not guaranteed.

You can test for 2 and 3 on another computer. If that computer reads the disks then 2 applies. If not, then it is likely 3 applies.


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