No bootable device Dell laptop

By tpmurphy · 4 replies
May 25, 2010
  1. Have Inspirion 6000 Dell laptop...start up screen says no bootable devices...I do not have any original installation discs. What can I do?
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    Not a lot really...

    its a good chance the HDD is knackered or its worked loose in its cradle.

    if its possible remove and replace the HDD and see if it fixes it.

    if not then its stuffed and needs replacing and reloading.

    an I6000 takes a 2.5" IDE HDD and cost about £30 - £40 on ebay, your then going to need a copy of XP, if your machine has a licence key then you can borrow a disk from a friend or PC shop and use that to install XP
  3. hughva

    hughva TS Rookie Posts: 58

    See if you can boot to the utility partition (F12 at boot). Run the diagnostics.
    Can you see the HD in BIOS?
  4. tpmurphy

    tpmurphy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no bootable devices

    Thankyou for your response...I will try to replace HD...Unable to use function F12 to perform diognosis...
  5. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    When the bios boots up (with the Dell logo/name) it should give you a keyboard letter to press for BIOS... It might be DEL on your model. Either way, it will tell you during the Dell logo on startup.

    Head into there and check your hard drive to see if its showing.
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