"Operating System Not Found"
My friend's Compaq Presario 1800 laptop started displaying this error message immediately following the COMPAQ splash screen during boot-up: "operating system not found". So he lets me borrow it so I can fix it, and the thing is kicking my @$$! At first I thought, that a boot sector or something was corrupt so I go into the bios and set the cd-rom as the primary boot device and put in a Windows XP cd but it doesn't load from it. It is as if it's not even getting past POST and going straight to that error message. So then I think maybe the hard-drive is just all messed up or something. So I contact a friend who also has a Presario laptop and an extra hard-drive. It's the exact same HD, but has not been loaded with an operating system. I start using that one and get the same message which is fine because I already knew it had no operating system. But now the problem is that I can't even re-format either of the hard-drives because it wont boot from my CD. I'd like to go into the bios and see if it even recognizes a hard-drive there but the Compaq bios is stripped bare. You can change date and time, and boot sequence and THAT IS ALL. There are no advanced options, no nothing. This computer was loaded with XP Pro, and I have a brand new XP Pro CD that I bought that I'm trying to use and it will not boot from it. Before it stopped working, the cd-rom was working perfectly, so it's not that problem either. I guess I'm just wondering what the hell my options are. If I could even get to a command prompt somehow I would do that, but it wont let me. Anyone have any suggestions?