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Reboot and select proper boot device... HELP!

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by cho_cho, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. cho_cho

    cho_cho Member

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    Hi all, i'm in much need of help,

    yesterday i left my laptop (fujitsu-Siemens Amilo M1450G) on whilst not using it for a while, and when I opened it up, I had the dreaded blue screen of death. I just glanced at it, and read the bit saying "if this is the first time you've seen this message just restart the computer" - so i did, but it hasn't booted since!

    I get my fujitsu logo thing come up then just a message saying "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert media in selected boot device and press a key.

    after doing some net research this is wht i've tried:

    - Setting BIOS to default
    - Setting HDD to no.1 in priority in BIOS Boot sequence
    - Booting to XP CD recovery console, but it doesn't detect the hard drive at all
    - removing the hard drive, and giving it a dust then replacing it
    - checked as much as i can for any loose cables etc.


    i'm currently downloading Knoppix to give that a whirl, but i'm not hopeful, as even the xp cd couldn't detect the HDD.

    The hard drive also makes a clicking noise when the laptop is turned on...!

    Is it hopeless? i have a few bits and pieces that i haven't backed up - foolish i know!

    I think i may eventually have to try the old freezer trick if i can't get it to revive itself - it worked for me bofore!

    any help would be much appreciated!

    Thanks
     
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    sammorris Senior member

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    What's happened is the hard drive has failed whilst the laptop is on, so the BSOD has occurred because windows can't access any files. You can try a drive repair procedure, but if you haven't backed stuff up, chances are you won't see it again.
     
  3. cho_cho

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    thanks for the reply.

    I figured that may be the case. how does one perform a drive repair procedure??

    Thanks
     
  4. sammorris

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    Take it either to the manufacturer or a data recovery specialist. One usually sees you lose your data, the other sees you lose several hundred dollars. Toss up I'm afraid.
     

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