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    Operating system not found!!!

    WTF?! Everything was going good then all of a sudden my computer froze. Restarted-froze again. Restarted-froze again. Restarted-Operating system not found. I cannot even press F2. So this mean either my hard drive, windows, or mother board is shot on my 3,000 computer. Hooray!

    I guess the game plan will be meeting with my computer guy tomorrow to get some advice and most likely purchase a 1 year support package form Alienware for $120 to fix the problem and get the needed part. What a great day!

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    $3000!!!!! Man.

    Do you hear beeps when you start er up before it freezes?

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    Try booting up with your Windows operating disc... At least that will get you access to your files...

    Or, your hard drive may be toast...
    "bing bang boom! hair out...hamburger time" - William Murderface

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. P View Post
    $3000!!!!! Man.

    Do you hear beeps when you start er up before it freezes?

    No beeps. Just goes strait to no OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by js View Post
    Try booting up with your Windows operating disc... At least that will get you access to your files...

    Or, your hard drive may be toast...
    I really hope it is not the HD! Now I have to find my Windows disc...

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    Thankfully I saved my webpage to my zip right before she crashed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by -gunut- View Post
    I really hope it is not the HD! Now I have to find my Windows disc...
    When you try and boot up, put your ear as close as possible to where your hard drive is located... listen for a constant "clicking" sound...

    I had a HD go bad once and could hear it making noise (real soft constant clicking sound)... This happened years ago, when I called tech support the clicking noise was confirmed as a bad drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by js View Post
    When you try and boot up, put your ear as close as possible to where your hard drive is located... listen for a constant "clicking" sound...

    I had a HD go bad once and could hear it making noise (real soft constant clicking sound)... This happened years ago, when I called tech support the clicking noise was confirmed as a bad drive.
    I will try this out. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by -gunut- View Post
    No beeps. Just goes strait to no OS.
    No beeps=Bad news.

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    No bootstrap=no POST=no beeps=$$$$

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter View Post
    No bootstrap=no POST=no beeps=$$$$
    Yep..

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    Man, you shoulda got a De... MAC.

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    No beep is bad news...

    Could be: Bad CPU or Bad Memory or Bad Motherboard...

    Bottom line... Bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by js View Post
    No beep is bad news...

    Could be: Bad CPU or Bad Memory or Bad Motherboard...

    Bottom line... Bad.
    Hey, I do not really care as long as it is not my HD! If I get the Tech support for $70 or $120 I get a year of support that includes all parts and phone support. I just don't want to loose my information!

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    Buy a Mac. They hardly ever crash.

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    I know it's too late now, but after you get your machine up and running again, invest in a backup program like Retrospect; it works with Macs and Windows. It can be automated to run a script and back up your hard drive on specified intervals, even daily if you want. On successive runs, it only adds the data that hasn't been backed up previously, so you don't end up with multiple copies of the same data. I back up my machines over my network once a week, each machine on a different day, at night while I'm sleeping, to a hard drive dedicated to this purpose.

    Hardware can be replaced, but if your data is toasted, you may or may not get it back. Ever lose photos of your kids when they were young? I learned the hard way. Backing up your data doesn't cost much and can save you much heartache.

    And, not to start a flame war here, but I had more problems with OS X than I ever did with Windows. I've had about a dozen Macs over the years. No more for me, thanks.

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    Since the late 1990s, I have been using a program called Drive Image. When I got my newer PC about 3 years ago, I bought an updated copy.

    I have 2 hard drives in my computer - 1 is strictly for backup purposes. I run Drive Image 2-3x a month. It makes a COMPLETE copy of the hard drive into 1 big file. As 4 or 5 pile up, I delete the older one to make room for more.

    It has save my butt so, so many times. Back in the time of Windows 3.1, I can't tell U how often I would install something, and it would totally screw up the computer. Then, I'd be up all night reinstalling windows from scratch, and then putting things back on, 1 program at a time. With Drive Image -- 30 min later, and I am back to where I was.

    I always have a fresh back up before I install something new. And, if I don't like the program or it screws something up, I can replace the entire drive.

    U can partition your 1 drive and do backups on the other partition. But it is better to have a second hard drive incase your main drive craps out.

    I used the program so often on my old computer that I went and bought a 2nd drive and the newest version of Drive Image the same day I got my current computer...

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    Thanks for the advice guys!

    ok so I got to utilities and it says

    Expansion ROM not initialized- PCI Mass Storage Controller on Motherboard

    Does this sound like the problem?

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    You got a good boot? How did you get to utilities? Safe mode?

    How old is this puter?

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    Most likely your computer is still fine you probably just lost the boot record on the hard drive. That is recoverable.

    first thing to do it go and get yourself as usb hard drive enclosure. They are about 40 bucks at the store you can get them online cheaper but you will have to wait. take the hard drive out of the computer and put it in the enclosure.
    Use a second computer and plug the hard drive enclosure into it and copy your files to that computer or cds. Just to be safe you may want to do both.

    Once you have your data you have three choices.

    1. get your windows disk and do a repair installation. It will repair the corrupt or missing files.

    2. You can use this as a opportunity to format your hard drive and start over. Windows tends to need to be reinstalled about once a year anyway to keep things working well.

    3. get a copy of spinrite from www.grc.com its 90 bucks but its the best data recovery program on the market. It will map a harddrive around errors and read the raw data so it can recover your stuff without windows. It can also predict hard drive errors. They also have a money back garuntee if your not satisfied so you dont really have anything to loose. even if the hard drive is faulty it may still help you get your stuff off of it.

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