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Problem loading operating system

Q: Problem loading operating system

Hello everyone. Ive been having a sustained and frustrating problem with my PC. To cut a long and very infuriating story short the drive letter was changed on my pc meaning that windows xp professional wouldnt load up. Ive tried a number of different fixes but in the end backed up my hard drive to a friends pc and then decided to start from scratch.

I ran the windows 98 boot disk to format the drive so that I could then reintall windows. When I used that floppy disk it made me partition the drive. After doing this I now only get a message saying 'Problem loading operating system'. This happens with the xp cd in as well. I have checked the boot priority in the bios and everything is fine there. At no point do I get the 'press enter to boot from CD' message either. I just want to reinstall xp and start again, Im not bothered about losing anything on there as Ive backed it all up. Any suggestions?

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Finally got back to here, my 40GB drive failed and Maxtor was kind enough to RMA an 80GB back to me! It's very quiet and fast so I'm happy. Basically I have a backup drive set as the slave which has all my backed up files from before the crash. I'd naturally want to hook it up to my PC. I have it set as a slave, power, IDE cables all attached. My BIOS recognizes it, but then during boot I get error loading operating system. So I go and run XP Recovery console, and I see that it's examining the drives, but they're both on Disk 0. Not sure if they should be. The newer one is Id0, older backup is Id1. Not sure what has gone wrong.

Booting with just the 80GB works fine.

If you need my specs, they're in my profile.

A:Problem with secondary HDD, error loading operating system

I suggest you disconnect the slave, install your OS to the new drive, then re-attach the slave and see what happens.

If that doesn't work, then you need to check the jumper settings on each drive (maybe do this step first just in case). You are probably best to set both drives to 'cable select' (CS) setting and make sure that the boot drive is attached to the furthest away connector. Then there will never be any confusion between drives.:grinthumb

PS: I am assuming that you autodetected each drive in your bios!

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Hey all! I am pretty new to this kind of Win7 issues, so I hope some of you will be able to help. Story goes...

After few hours of gaming the computer died. (It happened right after switching keyboards.) Now, on every setup BIOS(?) comes up with list of options (F2 enter BIOS, F11 boot options, F6 Flash etc.). After that a black screen with error message comes up: Missing Operating System.

I tried rebooting from USB (since I have no disk-drive) and I keep on getting the answer: Error Loading Operating System.

Any ideas?


A:Missing Operating System/Error Loading Operating System

All unlikely, but possible - (a) your HDD died. (b) your bios became corrupted (c) your HDD boot sector became corrupted (d) your HDD partition is corrupted.

Does the drive spin up when you switch on (feel it)?
Check the bios to see if the HDD is reported correctly and is at the top of the boot order.
Find a bootable CD - an OS installer, or create Easeus partition manager bootable CD http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm and boot from it. What does the HDD look like with Easueus?

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I'm trying to fix my friends Hp and I usually know what im doing. But here I have no idea what to do.

I tried going into the bios to change the boot order to cd to format and I can't. Can anyone tell me what to do.

-I changed out his hard drive with mine and it does nothing. just posts and goes to a black screen instead of trying to boot and blue screening as it usually do when you change hardrives between two computers

-Changed the Ide cables no luck.

Any ideas

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Please can anyone help?
In task manager I accidently closed an explorer process, the laptop then crashed. So I closed it down, then it now is unable to find the operating system. Can anyone offer any advice on how to help it find the files it needs to boot?

Can this be done by using the command prompt? Start up repair ran for over 24 hours with no success.


A:Operating system can't be found computer loading with system recovery options

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Can you boot into Safe Mode?

Do you have your Windows Vista CD?

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While doing some heavy video work, I managed to overheat my system spectacularly, resulting in the smell of burning plastic, all my fans going at 100%, all lights on the PC going off and all buttons becoming unresponsive.
I pulled the side off to see what was going on and found a desert of dust in there. Possibly somewhat foolishly now that I think about it, I left it running with all the fans roaring away and directed my desk fan inside the case while I went and got the vacuum cleaner and an air sprayer and got most of the dust out. (Still with the system running. No, I didn't touch anything while doing this. The vacuum was held well out of the case, just to suck up the dust cloud.)
I then rebooted it and it died in exactly the same way soon after. Through subsequent repeated crashes, I have established that it goes off at roughly 1 minute and 42 seconds after the "Do you wish to enter Safe Mode?" screen is dismissed. Any delays (such as being in the BIOS) prior to and on that screen do not affect the timing.
Very oddly, safe mode works perfectly, and I can't see the bios complaining anywhere (not that I am remotely familiar with the BIOS.)
I have tried:
Booting normally - crashes
Booting into Windows Recovery - crashes
Booting into an Ubuntu LiveCD - crashes
Resetting the BIOS - no change
Taking the top fan off the CPU heatsink and removing the cubic meter of dust somehow compressed within the fins - The BIOS reported the CPU running 30ºC cooler than ... Read more

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ok heres the deal.. i really do not know much about computers but dis is what happened.
Last night i had run a crack for a software. My antivirus alerted me that it was a virus.. But it indicated that it had been deleted from some location.. i am not sure..
somthing like this C:/ XXXX/worm.exe. i dont know the exact location but it wasnt one of the ordinary folders.. any way after the antivirus "deleted" the "worm" my computer was still perrforming goood. everything working perfectly but when i shut down and tried to restart in the morning the OS was not loading..
when the computer attempts to start.. after the "biostar" logo another screen another screen comes up for like 1/2 a second. it asks to boot from some location.. After this the black screen with
1 safe mode
2 last known good configuration
3 start normally ....
comes up.
non of these work when i select one the cycle restarts. And the black screen reappears. It is not a problem to reformat the hard drive but i would like to get the information from it first. Is this possible or are there any other solutions to this problem???. feel free to email me at" bald_head_rastaman at yahoo dot com"
Thanks alot i appreciate it

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Yes i should say when you deliberately let in worms or viruses even though antivirus

picks it up, doesnt mean your in the clear, IT HAS ALREADY DONE DAMAGE TO

WINDOWS!.....this is what happens when you mess with cracks and pirating.

we do not give support for that here in this forum.

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My friend has a custom built computer with XP, he has 2 IDE hard drives and 2 SATA. He had an issue a few weeks back, it would not load the keyboard, he plugged it into the USB on the front of the computer and it finally worked. Now he is getting this error, he only has XP on the primary drive, and obviously no diagnostics available because he built it himself, its 7 years old. Is there anything that you can think of that he can do? He is just trying to get the information at this point because its obvious that his main probably failed.

Thanks so much!

A:Operating system not loading......

You might want to check the bios setting to see where the booting will take place. Maybe the booting is set to take place on the hard drive where the OS does not reside.

Does the OS reside in the IDE or SATA drive

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I having installed windows 8 (selected keep nothing in setup) everything is great so far except that i get stuck at 'Loading operating system' during boot.

I have waited for ten mins and nothing happened. I then rebooted with the setup DVD in the drive and it booted okay from that, so I know my configuration is fine is fine.

I'm sure its something silly like the old Fdisk/mbr command would have sorted back in the XP days but this is a new beast and i really don't want to have to re-install (again) as everything works great.

possible useful info:
My motherboard is a Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 running a (stock speed) I5 2500k. I have 12GB of RAM with a 1TB drive (its a spinner, i have no SSD yet)

I cant think of anything else that maybe relevant.

any help would be regretfully received on this.


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i want to say firstly i bought my laptop 2 years ago but till this day no problem occures. My problem is wheneve i start my laptop the display is totaly off but power butten starts and shuts automatically,afer few seconds it on the the capslock butten continiously  changes like of and on again and again. after few hours laptop starts normally and sometimes while laptop is on then automatically screen has color lines at whole screen and automatically laptop shuts down. I think this is major problem.....pls find out the solution and inform me pls......

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Virat11 wrote:i want to say firstly i bought my laptop 2 years ago but till this day no problem occures. My problem is wheneve i start my laptop the display is totaly off but power butten starts and shuts automatically,afer few seconds it on the the capslock butten continiously  changes like of and on again and again. after few hours laptop starts normally and sometimes while laptop is on then automatically screen has color lines at whole screen and automatically laptop shuts down. I think this is major problem.....pls find out the solution and inform me pls......This is a user help forum not a Official HP support ticket posting. Since it is out of warranty you need to contact HP support for repair options. Otherwise you have to take it to a computer shop to diagnosis and repair the problem. From what your describing it sounds like a video chipset failure and that can be a costly repair depending if they have replacement boards for it.

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The last time I was using my system it froze up a bit, I left it for a few minutes and came back it was running again and would navigate through IE but nothing would really work on the websites. I then tried to open the start menu which worked but all of the folders simply read "Empty". At which point I thought ok time for a reboot. Windows froze in the shutting down and I had to power it off.

On the next start up Windows wouldn't run, the system encourages me to do a repair with the disk but that is having problems too. The following happens:

- When I try to start up in normal mode it gets to a point where the Windows scrolling bar is moving left to right and goes no further, eventually the scrolling bar will freeze completely and that's it.
- Trying to start up in safe mode with prompt it runs through a list of processes but stops on CRCDISK.sys and then goes no further.
- I've tried to boot off my restore disk which seems to work at first but then gets to a similar freezing point as with normal mode.
- I've tried to boot off my Windows Vista64 OEM but it seems to do the same thing as the restore disk.

I've pretty much exhausted my knowledge and am looking for some help now. Anything would be greatly appreciated.

The system originally came with Vista32bit (and I guess the recovery disks are as such). I installed Vista64bit with a system builder OEM that I still have with product cert and everything.

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I will be getting a new computer for my father soon. It will be fresh with NO previous operating system installed on it. I want to load windows 98 on it. Any type of step by step instructions on how to go about doing this successfully, as always, would be greatly appreciated. GB

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Hi Guys,

I am new on this forum. Came to know about it through an online search. I have an OS boot issue with my Acer laptop. When is start the laptop it shows the company logo 'acer" on the screen and then the screen goes compeltely black/blank. Nothing really happens after that. I have tried to force the shutdown and restart multiple times but it keeps doing exactly the same thing. Could someone please suggest what could be the problem?


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My friend has a custom built computer with XP, he has 2 IDE hard drives and 2 SATA. He had an issue a few weeks back, it would not load the keyboard, he plugged it into the USB on the front of the computer and it finally worked. Now he is getting this error, he only has XP on the primary drive, and obviously no diagnostics available because he built it himself, its 7 years old. Is there anything that you can think of that he can do? He is just trying to get the information at this point because its obvious that his main probably failed.

Thanks so much!

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I am having trouble with a Gigabyte motherboard. I took everything out of an old case to put it all in a new one except now when i go to boot up i get stuck at a black screen saying "loading operating system..." I have tried changing the boot priority of the drives and changing the geometry from auto to LBA but so far nothing has worked. I've also tried to boot and reinstall Windows 7 from the disk but the installation always fails with an error message. I've tried to do a repair from the disk and it says that ther boot manager is missing or corrupt and attemps and says succecfully completes a repair. Still the same message when trying to boot.

A:Loading Operating System

I had that once with mine

install the latest bios even if it is on there then go to boot priority change to the drive you will be using with winOS

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During a recent windows update my pc froze, (mid-update) and I restarted my machine. Now windows gets stuck at the black" Loading operating system..."screen. After a long wait it will eventually display .........boot from cd/. When I boot from my windows dvd my os is not shown in system recovery. I Have also tried running start up repair from recovery with no luck. ANY IDEAS?????

A:Windows not Loading after update, hangs on "Loading operating system."

Hello deralickt and welcome to Seven Forums.

Are you receiving any error codes? Are you able to boot your machine in Safe Mode? If yes, see if you can access System Restore and go back to a date/time prior to the update. If you don't have a restore point you could also see if that update is showing in Windows Update History. If it is, try uninstalling it.

Safe Mode

System Restore

Windows Update - Uninstall an Update

The failed update may have damaged or corrupted some system files. From Safe Mode you could try running a System File Checker scan from an elevated command prompt (option two.) If problems are noted run the scan 3 times rebooting in between each scan.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Since you have an install DVD you could also try a Repair Install to fix your currently installed Windows 7 and preserve your user accounts, data, programs, system drivers, etc.

Repair Install

A repair install may require that you reinstall a bunch of Windows Updates. I found it's safer (but more time consuming) to install just a few at a time rather than all at once. If you install a few at a time you can reboot, see if there are any issues, and if there are, you'll know exactly which 3 or 5 or 10 updates you need to remove. Reinstall them one at a time. They'll either all install correctly or you'll know exactly which one(s) are problematic. (If you install all at once and later find out there's a problem it's almost impossible to know which update is inv... Read more

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Hello everyone.
I have a Notebook IBM ThinkPad running XP. One day l was trying to go back to windows 2000 but i did know how to, so i went to system 32\osuninst.exe then l restared my computer and when l tried to open it agian , there was a message in a black screen "Error loading operating system", Now l don't have acces to anything in my computer, What can l do?, I have an External Hard Disk , and The Windows XP CD,, is there a way to fix it with those things... Please Guys.. I hope someone can help me..This thing has given me a real HEAD ACHE
Thank you.

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are you booting from the cd/dvd drive you might wana try to format it then try and install your 2000. if your computer will not boot then put your windows xp disk in your drive then boot using that as your primary boot device then use repair utility on your xp disk then use bootcfg. this should restore your boot driver. i think the bootcfg command line is bootcfg /rebuild but i cant remember that well as it has been a while since i used it

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I got a blue screen and then "Error loading operating system" with a black screen came up. Can somebody please help me.

Dell Laptop Inspiron 8600, Pentium M, 1.4 GHz, 15.4 in WXGA
512MB, DDR, 333MHz, 2 Dimms
32MB NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 Go Card
40GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive
No Floppy Drive
Microsoft Windows XP Home

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If you are in the process of setting up Windows XP,your computer might not support the capacity of the hard disk on which you are installing Windows XP.Read thru This Micro$oft KB article.

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this is my last call before i call it a day, my computer wont boot up, and displays error cannot load operating system each time, im trying to retrieve my files from my hard drive or get the computer working

heres what ive tried

1) using the recovery disk to repair windows which doesnt appear
2) using the recovery console and using commands such as fixboot
3) booting with ubuntu live cd, going into my computer and accessing hard drive says "error cannot mount file"
4) using spotmau recovery 2009, lets me see my hard drive but displays all weird file names with numbers, letters and symbols

any other help suggestions, i feel my hard drive is just corrupted and my data is gone forever.

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Hello elimelim and welcome to TSF!

Have you tried unplugging your SATA/EIDE cable from your harddrive or maybe changing the cable? If this doesn't work, do you have another computer and plug in the harddrive and see if will detect it? If not, time for you to upgrade then.


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Hey Guys

I need a bit of help with a computer issue that has occurredon my mate’s computer.

He kept having the screen showing ‘Windows is not genuine, Pleaseactivate’, so I went into computer system properties and activated the productkey – all worked well!

I also put Malware bytes and MSE on there as well. (Alreadyhad another anti-virus program as well)

However, now after it’s booted into Windows and seems towork fine. But after a while (very spontaneous) it will go to a black screenand shows:

Loading Operating System….

Boot from CD/DVD:

Disk Boot Failure: Insert System Disk andpress Enter

If you shutthe computer down (hold the power button on the tower) and turn it back on itwill boot fine.

So I tookMalware bytes and MSE off as it thought it may have been that corrupting ithowever this didn’t work. Did a CHKDSK and it showed nothing. Also swapped theSATA cables from the DVD player to the HDD to try an isolate this issue howeverthe screen also came back up.

So do youguys have any other things I can try? Does it sound like a corrupt registry?Failing HDD? (Although the computer is less than 4mths old) I don’t want toreinstall the OS if I don’t have to.

Thanks inadvance


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Windows System Restore might help to iron out if it is a registry issue. Just reset back to when it was working.

Try putting another OS on the drive and booting to that 10 or so times. If it works then you know it's not the drive. If you have Windows lying around you can use that or the various flavours of Linux. Don't use Puppy Linux though as it won't be a fair test on the drive.

Which flavour of Windows is it?

Another thing to do is go into BIOS and turn off everything at Boot except for the drive. It might simply be some sort of drive ordering bug with BIOS? (improbable - I know)

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Last night I was playing an online game... It froze on me so I decided I would take out the battery (so I could turn it off... Stupid, yeah? I know...). When I turn it on now, it has the message: Error loading operating system. I'm not sure what to do about it... If anyone has any idea on how this even got here in the first place, please do tell. Umm... Not much more to say, except for the fact, if you guys don't mind, please put things into simple terms. :D

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I take it that it doesn't complete loading Vista? Can you open in Safe Mode?

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When I turn on my computer it comes to ??verifying dmi pool data?? and after about 10 seconds it says ??error loading operating system??. than i restart my computer and it boots normally. it happens over and over again. can anyone expain me whatş that, ty

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Hello Saketis, welcome to the forum

This could be caused by a few things, have a look here it is old and out dated but the info is good (except the bit under the header "Corrupt boot files on the computer" you should ignore this paragraph) (and the boot order should be CD then HDD) Computer stops at verifying dmi pool data....

Things you can do to sort the problem are;

Run Disk Check

You could try a Startup Repair

and you can use this to test your drive WD Support / Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD Caviar Blue / SE / SE16 (SATA II)

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Anyone encounter this problem all of a sudden?
I just happened to be working on my pc, deleting some old apps and things stored in My Documents.

I am an advanced pc user running Windows XP Pro SP2.

After deleting a lot of things I had stored in My Documents, I decided to reboot before running a defrag.
Upon rebooting, I got this black screen immediately saying "Error loading operating system".

I ran an advanced test on my Hitachi HDD using their Fitness Tool and no errors came up.

After thinking about it, I decided to boot up off my Windows OEM CD. At the menu I chose "R" to go into the Recovery Console.
At the prompt I typed "HELP", and it gave a list of commands.

I figured my Master Boot Record was corrupt so I typed "fixboot" and hit Enter.
I exited the Recovery Console, removed the cd and rebooted.
Problem solved!

I would recommend trying this before trying most of the suggested options that come up when you Google this problem.

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Appreciate your sharing your solution to this, happy computing .


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Ok, its been few days now since i made attempt to try to reinstall Windows XP on an olfer Dell Dimesion 2400. I should also note that i do not have any of the original cd's that came with.
So, since the machine was not responding due to malware and viruses, I figured reinstalling the OS will be the only way out….
Well, halfway during windows xp installation process, there was some questions on blue screen asking for formatting the hard drive and patricians and other questionnaires – well, since I wanted the whole thing to be wiped out (nothing of value was there anyway) I let it delete all.
Somewhere along the way, machines stalled and returns “error loading operating system”
Tried numerous scenarios to try to resolve the issue
1. Started without CD – same issue
2. With CD……says strike any key – once I hit any key – same error come back on black screen.
3. BIOS checked boot sequence and change to CD first – no help either.

At this point, I ‘m just tired of scratching my head and will greatly appreciate some advice or the if I should consider burying this thing –

I don’t know if this was clear enough, but my main concern is to regain access to the machine so I can install windows XP professional – please note, the previous windows version on the machine was Home Edition if that will help.
Again, Error Loading Operating System” on black screen has been my nightmare during past few days.
***yes, i did scanned the forum, but found no similar issues

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when i turn on my computer, it shows a black page that says error loading operting system. what does this mean and how do i fix it?

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Is that all it says on the page?

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Hello all - happy Monday (or not). I have received the dreaded shut down of all my programs and the white lettering with black background, i tried to follow instructions provided on this topic previously but only got so far as i believe i need someone to look at my mbr. I have created a cd that i can boot from that allowed me to create said mbr on the usb key via xPUD but honestly am a newbie when it comes to all things technical. I did try to use the F8 key after BIOS (Dell Inspiron 530 Bios 1.0.13) but no avail just clicked - i am able to get to xPUD via the boot disk but not sure where to go from there - if you need a copy of the mbr this can be provided. Any help is appreciated would really like to fix this. It is our hub for our family network and obviously is a drag. The wireless is still kicking and all can still use the network so no issue there.

the first error that started all this was an invalid disk partition or something like that - that is what lead me down this road and eventually to you!

thank you all for your assistance!

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Welcome aboard I'll ask appropriate helpers to take a look at your topic.Hold on there.

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I have a vaio VGN FE28B with a 100GB HDD and Windows XP SP3. I wanted to upgrade my HDD to a 500GB, so I used Norton Ghost v15 to copy my old hard drive onto the new one.

My old hard drive is a Hitachi Travelstar 100GB. (DISK1)
My new hard drive is a Seagate Momentus 500GB. (DISK2)

First, I created 2 partitions onto DISK2. On the first partition, I copied the recovery partition from DISK1. On the second partition, I copied the OS partition from DISK1. When copying the OS partition, on Norton Ghost, I selected "Copy MBR" and "Make partition Active for booting OS". Note that these selections were not made when I copied the recovery partition from DISK1 to DISK2.

I removed DISK1 from my laptop and placed DISK2.
When trying to boot my system (now from DISK2), the error message "error loading operating system" appeared.

I read on the net that this might be a SATA drivers problem, but I don't think so.

I checked my BIOS and the new disk is recognized as a 500GB drive. Moreover, I checked on Sony support (which by the way sucks) and found out that my old drive was as SATA as well. So I guess it's not a SATA drivers problem?

I really can't find a solution to this problem so I desperately need your help.

Many thanks in advance.

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hello i need the rcovery script files for a zoostorm pc because when i try to restore my system to factory settings i get an error diskpart can not open the script file to recover

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I am using windows 7 on my computer and recently I figured that my computer started freezing a lot so I decided to install a fresh copy of windows. I did the same and scanned my whole computer and found no viruses either, the freezing problem was still not fixed. I searched up some but found no good solution. Then somehow the condition started getting worse, my computer stopped booting and it started restarting itself at the win7 startup animation. And then even worse.. now it only shows a black screen after turning it on and then shows the error "error loading operating system"after a few minutes. I tried many things I found online but nothing worked since I can't even get Into my windows for now. Safe mode isn't working either, I have no idea what to do now, please help me with this error. Or could it be a hardware problem too?
Please remember I only have a bootable windows 7 USB with me, no cd/dvd at this moment if the fix requires a copy of windows.

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ok, the fact that a clean install didn't fix it pretty much confirms that it is a hardware issue, have you tried startup repair yet? hat might reveal what is stopping you getting into the PC and at least allow you to get in and find out what is wrong.

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I'd be grateful for anyone's thoughts on this one.

I downloaded the latest security patch from MS [the one about remote takeover of computers] installed it, restarted and then got a horrible error message - error loading operating system. Its like an old fashioned command prompt that you see in the movies - just that single line on a completely blank screen with a flashing cursor awaiting instruction.

I'm running a dell 8200, with windows XP home, service pack 2 and all other patches etc. installed. Everything was fine prior to this. What happens is that I switch on, the graphics card details flash on the screen [as normal] followed by the Dell splash screen with F2 and F12 prompts and bios version [a08] then the above blank screen. Nothing works once the above screen is reached.

From reading the web I've kind of figured out that this is a problem on the bios and that, somehow, my bios has become corrupted. One solution offered on a few sites seems to be go into bios and then change the hard drive access mode from auto to large, but i'm not sure about this and it sounds a bit scary.

Any thoughts?

My prime concern is that I have a lot of data on my hard drive [stupidly only partly backed up - I know!!!] and I'm really worried about losing it.

I should confess that I'm a bit of a newie at these things and my technical knowledge is very limited so please, phrase any replies in simple terms.


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My prime concern is that I have a lot of data on my hard drive [stupidly only partly backed up - I know!!!] and I'm really worried about losing it.Rightly so, but who among us have not been caught in this situation?Without addressing your original issue, I just want to speak to getting the data off of the hard drive. You could always remove the hard drive and install it in another computer as a 'slave' drive. The working computer should still boot up from the 'good' Master hard drive, and then you will be able to navigate (start > my computer) to the slave drive and recover your data. More info on how to install a second drive can be found HERE.But of course, if you need help with this or any other procedure you can just ask for help here and we can explain it in more detail or refer to somewhere on the web where it will be explained more fully.

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I dropped my vaio laptop and get the message. I get the SONY screen and then I get " Error loading operations sytem" and nothing happens. I hit control C and then I get a blank screen. Any hints on next steps?


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Reseat the hard drive caddy and go online to get the drive manufacturers disk diagnostics utility. Your drive may be dead or other components in the laptop may have been damaged.

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hi guys. when I turn on my sony vaio vgn-n38e it comes up with error loading operating system it does it again when I re start it. can anyone help please

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Can you log on to Safe Mode?

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I turned on my Dell Dimension today & got this message on a black screen - error loadinIg operating system. The Dell screen comes on, then goes to black. I didn't load any new drivers, hardware or software. I'm running on Windows XP Home Edition. Please help!

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The first thing I would try is connecting the hard disk to another system and running CHKDSK /R on it.

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I have a Sony Vaio VGN-N130G, Model PCG-7T1L.
Attempted a system recovery, but while on step 2 of 4, it froze at 12%, then flashed an error 400 message. Computer restarted and now it's a black screen with error loading operating system.
Tried resetting the BIOS to default, but still doesn't work.

I do not have a recovery disk, was told it's all built in. I do have a Vista upgrade CD that I have not installed. Not sure if I can restore from there. I have no problem starting over from factory settings, nothing on the computer that I have to save.

Thanks for your help!!


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Hi .If XP is the operating system installed...you cannot use a Vista CD/DVD to do anything other than remove the XP install and then install Vista anew.The only Error 400 message I am familiar with...has to do with Internet connectivity. Can you post the exact error message?http://www.docs.sony.com/release/VGNN100series.pdfPage 108 of the above link starts listing the steps users with problems should take. I can't suggest anything beyond that because Sony modifies the way that their systems boot, etc.Louis

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Hi everyone!

Well as the title says, I got that message when booting. Actually it is a long story before i got that message so i'll try to sum it up. So, what i've done and what happened are as follows:

27 October 2012: I built my PC from a scratch.

three weeks ago: I began suspecting HDD failure because it is not detected in the bios frequently, failed short dst and long generic test in seatools for windows and began to make weird sounds (kind of a scratching or grinding noise, but I can't really describe it) only when booting or extracting .rar files.

two weeks ago : the problem with the bios was gone. But the sound retains.

1.5 - 1 week ago : the PC loads gadgets and some programs (that launch on startup ex. drivers, antivirus) a bit slower. I suspect the HDD is causing this because the other components are fine and my PC could play games in full HD. Windows explorer also crashes sometimes, and minecraft too.

Just YESTERDAY : I've had enough with constant explorer crashing and slow system, so I decided to open my HDD to check for hardware problems (It's a stupid move, i know) but I failed because after i opened the screw and tried to open the cover I can't because the cover is shut tight and prying it open wont work. Then i just put the HDD back together with the PC and booted, then magically an error status 0xc000000f appeared on my screen. I searched forums and run repairs from my installation disk but my OS is not listed. So i went on to the commant prompt and use... Read more

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sorry for the long post.

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So, for some time here i have wondered if it is possible to force an operating system and/or specific programs to load completely into memory? The goal of this being to reduce or nullify the number of disk I/O operations that the computer has to executed during use, as this is a bottleneck in performance.


A:Loading an operating system into Memory

There are some very old OS`s that ran from memory. This was back in the day of no hard drives. Machines booted from floppies, loaded to memory, ran from memory, were cleared from memory every shut-down.

Today`s OS`s are far to large. The amount of memory required not including third party installed apps would be exceedingly large.

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computer not new-computer was working I left for a few minutes and when I came back it had shut down and was trying to re-boot but only was showing error message. What I did from there: OK then: no discs in drives no usb's except the ones pugged in back of compute( ie;. mouse etc.) no power serge, running IExplorer, outlook. Run nomal boot, IDE CD Rom boot with dell window's CD. goes through set up i choose R for recovery console it comes up-- nothing happens have to exit.can only bring up the help menu.fast boot on nothing, off nothing. IRQ available , Shows hard drive capacity and on auto. I've turned off auto and ran boot from CD drive same message.Have run system tree test every thing passes except System lock up tests... IDE disk read test : Error code 0F00:0244and 0F001A44 . Many uncorrectable data errors or media is write protected on this test. and IDE Disk verify test, many uncorrectable data errors or media is write protected on this test. Error code 0F00:0244and 0F001A44. Test windows blue screen: Same codes as above in tests--IDE confidence test--ICE disk Read Test--IDE Verify Test ( Messagne block 5935700 and message block 6988126).. Not related to this test I saw a code 5 somewhere along the line while re-booting Ready to throw in the towel. Can I take the hard drive out and put in and other computer and possibly save my files if nothing else works? Windows OneCare also did a backup to my other computer and i think moved the file MEDIAID File I... Read more

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You could connect it to another PC as a slave drive, get all your important data from it and then reformat it and reinstall your OS.
Before you reinstall the OS, download to disc the Disc Utility for your particular Hard Drive, ie; Maxtor/Seagate, WD and run a
disc check to make sure your drive is still in good shape and if shows the disc is good, use the same utility to ZERO out the drive,
then format and reinstall

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I am a newbie here so bare with me. I attempted a new install of Xp and it failed and I have no idea what to try next. My last new install of Xp was about 3 yrs ago with this same equipment so it did all work together no problem.

I placed the Xp cd into the dvd RW and rebooted and the setup began. I cleared the partition first. Step two was to create the partition and it went ok. Then step three was to install. It went along fine and then it said something like it was not able to install it completely and something to do with partitions. I clicked it back to look at step one about the partitions and then it asked me if I wanted to do a quick install or regular install and then I tried the quick install to see if that would work better. After that it didn't work and since then all I get when I reboot is "error loading operating system".

I have tried to reboot from the disk but it will not. I have set the bios to the defaults with no luck. I do not have a floppy drive anymore. I even swapped out the dvd RW to the old cd player to see if it was the dvd that wasn't working. So that hardware is not the culprit. Same error message. I checked the cables and etc and everything looks normal. I do get a good posting beep.

My machine is an older Dell Demension 650, PIII, 650MHz, 256 cache, 256 memory which I upgraded with another stick. I did flash the bios several years ago to upgrade to win2000. I did learn that they didn't write the driver that well since I had t... Read more

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update, well I stepped away from the machine and tried more variations on the same theme. It helped. I had changed the boot order several times with the hard drive being either the first or the second to other drives. This time I put it last. For some reason it liked this. I think that bios I flashed from Dell maybe the culprit. I was able to get it to boot from a cd. I placed the Xp cd in and it began the setup process only so far but then it stopped and asked for the Xp cd again and hit enter and I did this, nothing but requested cd again. So instead of putting in Xp, I tried an old Win98 cd and then it liked that for awhile and then it asked me for the Xp again and I put it in and the formating is going right now. When set up started it asked me if I wanted to install or fix an installation. I had tried the fix the installation but it gave me this prompt in dos c:\> but I wasn't able to switch it to just c: to try fdisk and start over that way. I am thinking that this maybe related to the file systems and Xp is having a hard time being read by old bios file system that was poorly written in the first place. I am hoping the Win98 was able to partition the drive in the old language and Xp can now install into it.

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I try Installing Linux and didnt have a clue as to how to do it right
Was hoping for mandrake but settled for red hat 6,Was stuck so i stop installing and tried to go back to windows on reboot recieved"Error loading operating system" and havent been able to go any further.Help its a western digital wd200.(20gb).what do I do.Ive heard of running a disk but I dont have any disks for it .... please help thanx [email protected]

A:Error loading operating system!help

You don't have a Windows XP installation CD?

If you do, make sure that the CDROM is set to boot first in your BIOS, put the CD in, and reset.

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Error loading operating system is the error I get when I turn on my computer.

I do not want to format because i have documents i need saved on the harddrive.

I read somewhere that if i change to lba setting it might work..how do i do this?

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FWIW: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/92217/error-loading-operating-system/IMO, that message signals that the hard drive or the file system has problems. Since the file system is the layer on the hard drive upon which the O/S and all other files lies...it's the same effect.FWIW: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326676Other opinions: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&sou...ng+&aqi=g10System manufacturer and model?Do you have a Microsoft XP install CD (not recovery/restore CDs issued by manufacturer)?You can always run a hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic on the drive, just to verify/refute concerns about the hard drive.Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/ FWIW: I don't know where you read anything about LBA, but LBA is already commonly employed (automatically) on most systems these days. It helps if you post a link to references by someone else...that you are going to use as guidance.Louis

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My hard drive has become really slow and is about frizzed so I bought a replacement and tried to install it myself.

I put it in fine, and loaded the XP boot disk. As the setup was in progress the computer ran out of power. I turned it back on (hooked up to the AC adaptor this time, and now it won't do anything but say Error Loading Operating System.

I tried changing the boot order in BIOS but that didnt do anything, and i cant even remember how to get back into the bios.

I tried using a Linux (UBUNTU) disk instead of windows - no change...

its a toshiba satellite A25-S280

I'm at my wits end. Please help.

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While traveling across country I tried to install Windows Vista on only battery power (on a Toshiba M45 laptop) - it was a disaster (battery died 3 times!)! So much was corrupted that it required a complete format and reinstall to get it to work.

I suspect that this is the case with your system. I'd suggest formatting your hard drive and then using the Toshiba restore CD to set your system back up.

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I have a computer that got struck by lightning which fried the motherboard. In the process of waiting for a replacement motherboard I put the hard drive in another computer and did a window repair on it to get it running. I put in the new motherboard and needless to say it didn't work and all I had was a blinking underscore.

I tried a repair on the hard drive again this time in the same computer, nothing, I changed every part in the computer accept the motherboard still nothing, i've run chkdsk so many times its rediculous. I've written a new boot sector, and a new MBR. After doing all of this I get Error loading operating system when I try to boot the computer. I upgraded the bios still nothing. I can't lose whats on this hard drive no questions about it. I do have a backup of the hard drive which also doesn't work in the computer. When I put either the backup of the real on in the computer that I did the repair on it boots fine.

Any help would be appreciated

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the easiest thing to do would be to install your questionable hard drive in a working computer in slave mode, assuming both are the same file format, or at least the removed drive isnt ntsf and the surrogate drive isnt fat32...
on the working computer, unplug the rom and use the power and ribbon cables for your hard drive, you probably will need to pin the hard drive in the slave position.
once that is achieved, copy your info via windows explorer.

on the bad computer, the motherboards would need to be the exact same model for the installation to work without loading the chipset drivers for the new mainboard... http://www.geocities.com/kilian00720...p/sysprep.html

and a power surge will normally take out the power supply.

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When I start my computer, right after the initial DELL screen, it says "Error loading operating system." When I run a diagnostic, it says error code 1000 0146. I cannot get into safe mode either. What do I do??

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I know you all are quite good at helping others fix their problems, and I have been stalking these forums for quite some time. However, I have recently gotten an issue with my computer booting that I can not fix, or find a fix on here.

So, about two hours ago (On this current PC I am typing on now.), my computer decided it would basically freak out. I got a few three pop ups, saying sticky notes has crashed, gave me the option to select cancel. I got one pop up for each sticky note that I had up at that time.

Then curse had done the same thing, which I found was odd, as curse has NEVER once crashed on me.

Then suddenly, the dreaded BSOD appeared, and before I could even try to restart my computer, it shut it self off.

I went to start up my computer, thinking maybe it had just crashed. It did its normal start up stuff, got to the welcome screen, and took about 5 minutes to load past that. Once it did, another 5 minute load or so on a blank, black screen. I walked away as it was taking a while. I came back, and on the top of the screen, it said "Error Loading operating system."

I had no errors, or any other warnings before the system crash, nor did I have any viruses (Checked three days ago.)

My operating system is Windows 7, I use an Intel R Graphics card, and my computer is a HP touchsmart 520 PC, all in one, antivirus is the AVG free edition, and I use MalwareBytes, both are run on a regular basis.

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A:Error Loading Operating system

Reboot into BIOS setup to see if the HD is detected. If so start with the HD tests and then work through the other Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.

You'll note we recommend an AV which is not AVG, which hasn't been recommended anywhere for years since it bloated up and never slimmed back down. We only see problems with it here. I'd uninstall it and install MSE asap.

So the HD and AVG look like your likeliest suspects, however if you still have the HP factory preinstalled Win7 then that is the worst install of Win7 one can have, so it could be a combination of these or something altogether different which will likely turn up as you work through the steps.

Now would be a good time to consider getting that one great Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 since you only need to get it right once, then save a backup image in case you ever need to reinstall again it would be a 20 minute reimaging operation.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 2600. I turned it on and got only a blue screen. someone looked at it to see if they could fix it and they were unable to do so. they have given it back and now i just get a black screen that says Error loading operating system. I cant even get into the set up menu or anything. Is there any way to fix my computer?

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Can you boot into Safe Mode. Press F8 immediately after you start the computer begin pressing F8. This will take you to a page that looks very similar to the picture below. This is the Advance Boot Options. You need to use the up and down arrow keys to navigate on this page. Once you have moved the cursor to the option you want press Enter on your keyborad.

You have or have access to a retail XP installation CD that is the same version as the one installed on this Dell, eg. Home or Pro?

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Mod Edit:  Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/400733/error-loading-operating-system/#entry2981888 - Hamluis.
I am having this problem also when i click F9 it brings me to a screen that says 
Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer 
Choose your Language settings and then click "next"
Click "repair your computer"
File: \boot\memtest.exe
Status:  0xc000000f
Info:  The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
My computer didn't come with the disks to repair it and i dont know how to fix it please help

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I really need help here. I am not very computer savvy so I'm completely lost at this point. When I turn my computer (Dell Dimension 8400 running Windows Media XP) on it looks as though it's going to start but then the dreaded blank screen stating "ERROR LOADING OPERATING SYSTEM". I read a bit in the forum that I may need a recovery disc, which never came with my Dell computer. I called Dell and they will not send me a recovery disc because I'm out of warranty, big surprise. Is there any way I can download it from the internet or is there something else I can do. I unfortunately have no back up CD. My priority is to keep all my programs, internet bookmarks and documents. If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them. Remember I?m not that computer savvy so I?ll need very detailed instructions on what to do. Thanks to all.

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Well, you could try...Follow the directions at How to Create a Bootable XP Recovery Console CD - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/276527/how-to-create-a-bootable-xp-recovery-console-cd/.Once that is done...follow the directions for How to use CHKDSK in the XP Recovery Console - http://pirules3.14.googlepages.com/recovery_console_chkdsk.If any error messages appear onscreen...write those down and post in your next reply.Do not exit after the chkdsk /r command completes.Type the command fixboot and hit Enter.When that completes...type exit and hit Enter.Typically...the error loading operating system indicates a failing hard drive, from what I see.Louis

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