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Gateway Laptop Operating System Not Found

By P3ANUT
Feb 14, 2008
  1. Hi, Well i was given this gateway laptop its about (3 years old)
    Problem is every time i start it up it (beeps alot it stops after 6-7 sec.) and it goes to the BOIS (Phoenix) Menu. When i restart it again i press F2 For the Boot Menu
    and i get this message "Enter HDD Password" I don't know the password. I get this message after trying to guess it "Hdd Password Failed !!" "Cause Hdd No Function!!"
    Then after all this Information starts to pop up, At the end of it it saids,
    -"PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE Rom".
    -"Operating System Not Found".

    I took several pictures so you can probly get a better understanding what the problem is i winrar them up.
    Code:
    http://www.mediafire.com/?2z0hdyyjxmt
    -Thanks for you help.
     
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    To stop the "PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE Rom" disable booting from Network in Bios.

    If you were 'given' that comp, why weren't you 'given' the password?

    Have you just tried pressing 'Enter' when that prompt comes up?

    If it's XP, try booting with an install disk (set bios boot sequence to cd, hd) and do a repair install.

    edit: and I'm not going to open a 'rar' on the internet from someone I don't know from Adam!
     
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I didn't look at the pics because your info was enough.

    Does your computer have a floppy disk (I'm assuming yes)
    Create a bootdisk, by inserting a blank floppy in your drive
    Go to My Computer
    Right Click on your A drive
    Select format
    Select create boot disk

    Once the bootdisk is created

    Download Clear CMOS from HERE
    copy it to your A drive

    Start the computer with the floppy disk in it
    Boot off the floppy
    at the command line type CLRCMOS
    Press enter
    Wait 15 secs
    remove the disk

    Restart and go back into CMOS
    Setup the date and time
    Load setup defaults
    Confirm your hard drive is automatically detected

    Now, you can get into CMOS, and do whatever, but it sounds as though:
    Windows is not loaded
    Windows bootup is corrupt
    The hard drive is not mounted correctly
    The hard drive is missing
    The hard drive has failed

    Because it's trying to boot from the network
     
  4. P3ANUT

    P3ANUT TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    It is Xp or was Xp. How do i do a repair install?

    -Thanks for your reply
     
  5. P3ANUT

    P3ANUT TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Hi thanks for your reply
    But the laptop does not have a floppy.
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Hang on I just thought that if your Bios is presently not setup for booting CD and it's password protected; that may be a concern !

    Please check first by placing a boot disk (CD) in the drive, and confirming that it starts it.

    If it does - refer to the above
    If it doesn't - we are going to have to try another method in clearing your CMOS ie short the CMOS jumper pins (a bit difficult on a laptop though)
     
  8. P3ANUT

    P3ANUT TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Sorry for the late reply
    It recognize the bootdisk
    First it ask for the HDD password again
    then it went into the bootdisk setup (blue screen)
    then it list the drive asking me what partion i want to install
    windows xp etc.
    i chose the present one and it told me that its on (LOCK)

    I switch the drive into a different laptop i got stuck at the same place.

    So what do i do next

    -Thanks
     
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