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Old 01-21-2006, 11:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well where to begin, one daughter was having problems with her Dell Latitude D800 laptop, and the other ignorant daughter decided to help her by putting in a hp quickrestore system recovery cd.
Now this has wound up in my hands.
When I turn the computer on all I get is a message saying "No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility.
If I try to boot in safemode I just get an A prompt.
We have no disc for this computer (it was an ex's who hasnt been around to get it) and now I dont know where to start.
Any step by step instructions would be appreciated.


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Old 01-22-2006, 12:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That's really odd that the Dell even accepted the HP CD's. I'm just guessing that the partition table has been damaged already. If your data was a huge concern there is a chance that you can retrieve "some of it." You would have to yank the hard drive out and hook it up to a host computer and run data recovery software. As for the OS, most competent computer repair shops can run a OEM restore using your entitlement sticker that should be on the bottom of your Dell...good luck.

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Get windows XP disk and Boot from it, it will install a frash install of windows and will be just like now.
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