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By rusty451 ·
when I turn my computer on it is in a mode I haven't seen before. It tells me to click alt,clr, and enter. After about 5 mins it tells me to click F1 or F2 for details. then when I click the F1 ,,, windows comes up. before the clicking of F1 it sayssystems hard drive 0 not found. How do I get this to stop?

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by TheChas In reply to booting

It would help to know more details about your PC.
Make and model of system / motherboard.
What hardware is installed.
The specific instructions that appear on the screen for each message.
Also, when the messages pop-up in relation to the boot sequence.

A normal boot sequence is as follows;
POST, memory and hard drive check
Then, it should display that Windows is starting,
followed by the "Splash" screen.
Then, it switches to your desktop wall-paper.

It would help to know where in the sequence these messages pop up.

I suspect that there is a problem with either your hard drive, or the IDE controller on your motherboard.

You could also have a virus, or a corrupt hard drive overlay program. (Easy BIOS is one such program).

Chas

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by rusty451 In reply to booting
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by jlouis45 In reply to booting

you have to first check that ur default boot is your harddrive. If u have 2 or more hdd u may face such problems. go to the bios setting advanced chip properities and select boot the hdd 0 or 1 depending on which hdd it is.

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by Big Ray In reply to booting

There could be a problem with your BIOS. The alt,ctrl, and enter were once used by companies like Acer to enter the BIOS while booting. The F1 and F2 is used to give the user a choice to continue normally (F1) or to enter BIOS (F2). The fact thatit is telling you HD0 is not found. Use F2 the next time and it should take you to BIOS. Then make sure that the hard drive is seen correctly in BIOS. If it is not, then check the cables, jumpers, and other devices plugged into the IDE channels.The best check would be ot unplug all devices on the Cable except the hard drive and see if it boots normally.

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by rusty451 In reply to booting

when I go to the Bios and it shows me that the boot sequence is in Diskette first,,, the other choices are Device list and Ctrl ->... would that matter where that is on? It shows me that I have a working primary hd. But I am a dummy at this. how do I find what my BIOS setting is? I have a Dell and they told me to go to a upgrading page and follow directions there. Guess what? It gave me choices to upgrade and the ones I upgraded ,,, didn't fix my problem. I still need help. Some problems with techs are they think everyone is computer literate. I'm a newbie. Thanks for your help.

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by 14ME24U In reply to booting

I totally agree with answer 3. You can also set the BIOS to AUTO detect the Primary Master if it is not being seen or if it has USER configurations for the previous Drive in it.
Good Luck

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