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Active Partition Not found - press any key

Q: Active Partition Not found - press any key

Hi all

have a HP Pavilion DV9500 which i have just run Active Kill disk on, know when i re-install the drive to laptop i get the message below:

Active Partition Not found - press any key

i have tried running Windows 7 from restart to no avail. When i plug the laptop drive in to my desk top to try and format it, it is not recognized under computers

I set the correct boot patterns with CD to boot first etc,.

plz help

Regards Simon

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A: Active Partition Not found - press any key

Seems that you erased your OEM Recovery Partition that is used to reinstall Windows back to the OEM factory Defaults when you ran Active Kill Disk which erases your whole hard drive sector by sector.

You will have to contact HP and see if you can get a OEM HP recovery disk to reinstall Windows. Or go here Looking for Recovery Discs? | HP? Support

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I purchased this computer from someone knowing theres no operation system. I also purchased windows 7 operating system seperately.When I turn computer on, its says no active partition found, press any key. I tried the bios, and changing boot up to cd frive so it can read recovery disks as well as windows disk, but no success. Any suggestions?  

A:No active partition found

Hi, Please also check: Is the HDD still there or the old owner pulled it out . Regards.

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So I tried to install a 2TB hdd to my existing computer running a 120 GB SSD(windows install) and 500GB hdd.  When I connected the 2TB hdd to my computer it would not boot after and I got an error saying the  bootmgr is missing, press Ctrl Alt Del.  So I tried to remove the 2TB hdd and go back to the original drives and I still got the error bootmgr is missing error.  The only way I could get my computer to boot was to set the 100MB system reserved partition as active.  
 
Now, on boot up I now get an error saying that "Active partition not found! Press any key..."  Windows does continue to load after i hit any key but I'm not sure why im getting this error.
 
Does anyone know how to solve this problem?
 

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A:Active partition not found

Your Partition Structure is kind of strange. The System Reserved partition is usally on the same disk as the Windows C:\ partition and set as Disk 0. The System Reserved Partition doesn't have a drive letter assigned either.
 
My guess is you have two BCD's. One in the System Restore Partition and One on another partition. You can use a Windows 7 System Restore Disk and Select Startup Repair.

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An old HP Compaq core 2 desktop PC was given to me for free.I have replace the harddisk with a new bigger one with no OS yet.If I place an install CD like win7 or ubuntu the message is:'active partition not found' (bootmenu -> CD ROM)If I place a USB boot device the message is:'windows is reading files'after that nothing happens. In bootup menu -> security the Asset tag and the Ownership tag are missing.Is this the cause, or what else can I do.

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OS: Windows 7
Keyboard: Logitech G11
Attached to one of the 4 USB ports at the back of my PC - returns error on all 4.
Attached during active OS, meaning autoinstall of driver software, on all 4, and attached during shut down PC, meaning no autoinstall of driver software, on all 4 of the ports.
Yet, this error message which has never occured to me before:

Code:

1 AMD North Bridge, Rev 62
Initializing USB Controllers .. Done.
4096MB OK
USB Device(s): 1 Keyboard, 1 Mouse, 1 Hub, 4 Storage Devices
Auto-Detecting Pri Master.. AThrI CDROM
Auto-Detecting Pri Slave... Not Detected
Auto-Detecting SATA-1 ..Hard Disk
Pri Master : TSSTcopr CDDVDW SH-SZZZA SA00
[Indent] Ultra DMA Mode-4
SATA-1 : Maxtor STM3250310AS 3.AAF
[Indent] Ultra DMA Mode-6, S.M.A.R.T. Capable and Status X
Auto-detecting USB Mass Storage Devices ..
Device #01 : Generic USB SD Reader *HiSpeed*
Device #02 : Generic USB CF Reader *HiSpeed*
Device #03 : Generic USB SM Reader *HiSpeed*
Device #04 : Generic USB MS Reader *HiSpeed*

Keyboard not found
[COLOR="Red"]Please press 'F1' key skip warning message,or 'Del' Key enter Setup![/COLOR]
Also, the BIOS isn't really helping me any further, everything related to USB seems to be enabled.

The keyboard IS functioning though, hence the weird message:

Keyboard not found, press KEY to continue.

All default keys on the keyboard work as they should, I am able to press F1 on it and Del to enter the setup, but still it's being read as i... Read more

A:Keyboard not found - Press F1 to skip or press Del to enter setup

Sorry to do so, but this post requires a bump.
 

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Hi

We have three PCs connected on a network. One is dual boot with Win7 and Win10 (very recently sorted with help from Gregrocker) whilst the other two are both Win7 only with no System Reserved partition. What I want to do is to have both latter PCs with a System Reserved partition and remove the boot files from the OS partition. I know most people seem to want to go the other way but I believe there may be advantages when the time comes to remove Win7 and use Win10 only.

I've been going through the motions of creating a System Reserved partition of size around 100MB (without actually doing it - I can't use Bitlocker and I use TrueImage to backup/restore). However, it goes a bit further than just creating the partition as I have to get the boot files into it. I believe I have to mark the partition as active which would mean the OS partition would become inactive. I would then have to do three repair installs to get the boot files into the System Reserved partition.

I would appreciate it if someone would confirm this or put me right where my thinking is in error. I look forward to hearing from someone on this.

Thanks
Tracey

A:Changing from Active OS Partition to Active System Reserved Partition

  
Quote: Originally Posted by traceyw



I believe there may be advantages when the time comes to remove Win7 and use Win10 only.

I've been going through the motions of creating a System Reserved partition of size around 100MB (without actually doing it - I can't use Bitlocker and I use TrueImage to backup/restore). However, it goes a bit further than just creating the partition as I have to get the boot files into it. I believe I have to mark the partition as active which would mean the OS partition would become inactive. I would then have to do three repair installs to get the boot files into the System Reserved partition.

I would appreciate it if someone would confirm this or put me right where my thinking is in error. I look forward to hearing from someone on this.


I'd be curious to know what you think the advantages to this would be "when the time comes to remove Win7 and use Win10 only".

You appear to be on the right track if you want to go through with it, although I can't recall anyone else who wanted to do this. You might investigate the EasyBCD tutorial on this site which is used to copy boot files---typically in the other direction as you mention. I'm not positive, but I'd assume it could be used to copy them in the direction you prefer.

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Here's the situation: I'm using a new Lenovo L-A780 motherboard that was purchased used to replace an older motherboard that crapped out. Everything has been working great, but anytime I try to change the SATA configuration to AHCI mode, it doesn't work right - it hangs on a blinking cursor for about five minutes, then says "Active Partition not found!". I have not tried booting from any other media yet, (such as the CD drive) so I don't know at this point if the problem is with the boot drive, Windows, or the motherboard.

No, there is no blue screen or Windows errors that happen before this. Yes, I did doublecheck the "msahci" option in the Registry Editor.

Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 x64
Motherboard: Lenovo L-A780 (BIOS upgraded to the latest)
SATA Drives: Standard DVD burner, archival HDD, and Intel SSD (SSD is the boot drive)
SATA settings: Options include RAID, IDE, AHCI, and "Native" (currently using "native")

Any ideas?

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I have had my system up and running with Win7 for at least four or five months. I have four drives in an mATX case. Yesterday, while it was idle, I saw it flash a BSOD and then rebooted. when it restated it displayed the following Error: "No active partition found. Reboot your computer." Which I did several times to no avail. Next, I used the install disk to try to "repair" the partition...seven or ten times, no luck. Also, no drives were listed in the window at repair prompt. So, I pulled all the cables on all the drives but the one containing the system and voilas! here I am writing to you without issue and without three of my drives. I have two other sata drives in addition to my system sata drive. one IDE drive on the system. I've had no issues with any of them until yesterday.

MOBO going? Power-supply going? any ideas about why now?

thanks in advance for any ideas and my apologies if I have not followed all the correct protocols. This is my first time posting to a forum about my system.

ratchy

A:Multiple drives cause "no active partition found" error

Hi Ratchethead,

Welcome aboard.

I would presume that one of your other drives that could have gone corrupt is causing the problem.

You should now try connecting one drive at a time and check, till you get the problem drive.

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After installing an SSD, I found that the motherboard was set to use IDE emulation mode instead of native SATA (aka AHCI). Upon switching over to AHCI, however, I just get an error message right off the bat saying "Active Partition not Found!".

I'm using Windows 7 SP1 on a Lenovo Motherboard with an AMD southbridge (BIOS is up to date). Before anyone asks - there are no blue screens of death, just the error. And yes, I did doublecheck that the "msahci" option was enabled in the regsitry.

Anyone know what might be causing this or how to fix it?

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Hi,
I've been fighting with some sort of redirect virus. Checked my computer with Malwarebates in Safe MOde, Normal Mode, etc. It did find some viruses but removed them and nothing is present anymore. I also checked my comp with BitDefender online scanner, SuperAntiSpyware, HijackTHis. They don't find any viruses. Computer works fast, although aftre all this checking and removal I found that sometimes when I click two windows too fast it locks and I have to reboot it by reset button.
Now the annoying part is that when I do Google search it still redirects me to various random sites. I also found that when I disable active scripting it does not do that, but then I cannot view YOuTube movies, etc.
Is ther a way to analyze and search for scripts that cause this. I assume it's just some stupid script that gets activated when I'm on line, because none of the AV programs I use finds any viruses anymore.
Any help would be appreciated
Thanks

A:Google redirect? No viruses found but active when active scripting enabled

Could you please post the log files from all the programs you ran? (MBAM and SUPERantispyware) Do NOT post the Hijackthis log.

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Hi All

I wonder if anyone else has had this issue and knows how to fix...


I'm typing normally in a window. It could be in any application (any MS Office app, Skype, etc; but curiously NOT internet explorer). I press the 1 key (this only happens with the 1 key - alone or SHIFT+1, CTRL+1, ALT+1) and the whole window instantly shifts position on the desktop down and to the right. This typically moves the active window partially off screen (and of course mostly such that the text I'm typing also goes off screen).
Interestingly it also moves the mouse position too - say I have the mouse cursor arrow somewhere inside the active window, the cursor also shifts position to be in the same position relative to the active window.


The move only happens once (i.e. if I press 1 for a second time or more, the active window doesn't move again).

It happens both when the active window is maximised and when it is not (when it's maximised the active window changes to 'restore down' status and I think the new position of the active window is always the same and the active window also changes to the same new size too.


Anyone have the slightest clue what might be going on here?

[This is happening on my Surface Pro 3 i7 with windows 8.1, not any of my other PCs]



Thanks a lot

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My Dell XPS 8700 desktop has 2 disk drives, a 256 GB SSD and a 2TB internal hard drive.  I'm running Win7 Pro which boots from the SSD.  In March, something happened and I didn't notice it until now.  Whatever happened didn't effect the computer's performance so far as I could notice.  I'm getting a new computer and want to repartition the hard drive on this one which would involve eliminating the 'Stuff' partition (S:).  But I can't as it is now the System partition (see screen cap).
 
Anyway, what happened is an active partition was established on the hard drive in the 'Stuff' (S:) partition and that was also made the System partition.  Prior to March, the SSD's RECOVERY partition was the System partition.  Both partitions have the full complement of boot files and both are designated as 'Active' which I didn't think could happen (unless the rule is only 1 'active' partition per drive, not per operating system).  What I want to do is move the 'System' designation back to the SSD/RECOVERY partition.  I found a video on YouTube that gave me some BCD commands but that didn't work.  It did no harm, it just didn't change anything.  The attached screen cap shows what appears on the Disk Management screen.
 
I do image weekly.  Unfortunately, I only keep the past 7 weeks so I can't go back to before mid-March which is the date showing on all the boot files on the S: partition.
 
If worse comes to worse, I'l... Read more

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Hi Folks, I have contrived to get two active partitions on my PC! After a 2 week old hard drive (D: & F -) died I replaced (now F & G) it with an old drive that had previously been configured with XP and as a boot drive. I don’t think it is acting as boot as drive C: has an active partition and boot and largely the computer runs fine with the exception of G not being search / index able? And there being a phantom path in the backup which I can’t reset. So the question!
How do I remove the active setting on G: (it holds all the variable windows data) and will it lose all the data?
Im at that point where a little knowledge is dangerous and have seen some genius replies so thought I would ask and see if you could help me out.

See attached screen shot

NB The old drive partitions were formatted before being repopulated

A:How to change active partition without removing data from partition?

Hello and welcome to the forums MarkRocketman!

You can easily change the active/inactive flag on a partition easily by following these steps:-

Removing the Active Flag from a Partition
(on a drive that's not currenly being used as a boot drive)

First, open an elevated command prompt in Windows:-

1. Click Start Orb
2. In search box, type cmd
3. Right-click on cmd.exe, and choose 'Run as Administrator'

In the elevated command prompt type in the following commands:-

Diskpart
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK n (where n is the number of the HDD in question)
LIST PARTITION
SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the Partition that holds G)
INACTIVE
Hope that helps!

EDIT:- As a supplementary addition here's how change it back to active:-

LIST PARTITION
SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the Partition you want to activate)
ACTIVE
Exit (to exit Diskpart)

 

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Hi,
 
I was trying to install a software and i got this message from the software:
 
"Your Active Partition and System Partition are residing in two different hdd !. Please re-install
your Windows to fix the issue , and try our installation program again."
 
I have Win 7 64bit Ultimate on my C/ Drive and i also have 3 extra internal drives for storage, so  i 
am nt sure what exactly i have to do now to make sure i have only 1 active partition with out 
deleting any of my windows files or...
 

 

 
 
Thanks for any advice.
Regards.

A:Your Active Partition and System Partition are residing in two different hdd !.

FWIW:  The active partition...there can be an active partition on each hard drive and the only reason for making a partition is so that it can be the boot drive or host an operating system.  If you remove the O/S, the partition will continue to be active...to no purpose.  I've seen this on my own dual-boot  systems.  By definition...any multiboot system can reflect multiple drives with an active partition.
 
But...Win 7 is a little different from XP regarding this designation, I don't recall that XP has/had a tool for making a partition active...actually, I didn't know that Win 7 has such a tool.  Maybe it's done automatically when installing Windows but I don't ever recall using a specific Windows function to make a partition active.
 
See http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/mark-partition-active#1TC=windows-7 for MS explanation.
 
"Don't mark a partition as active if it doesn't contain the loader for an operating system. Doing so will cause your computer to stop working."
 
Seems to me that your situation stems from the fact that you only have one install of Windows...and you have an active partition on a drive not reflecting the O/S.
 
Seems that you can easily fix that, using the MS documentation.
 
Then...retry your install of whatever program.
 
Louis

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Hello! Part 1: After the latest drivers update (Wacom develops driver for Lenovo Active Pen 2), the long press of the top side button leads to activation of screenshot event (kind of Snip and Sketch). It interrupts any drawing activity. For example, Sketchable application has a color picking assigned to this button, which is interrupted by screenshot triggering. Note: There are 2 side buttons on the Active Pen 2, and the top side button leads to the issue. It's not about usual top button at the end of the pen, and it's not about long tap of the pen itself (that "issues" were found in a huge amounts in the internet). I found that 1. Working driver version: Lenovo Pen Service (Wacom provider) 7.5.1.21, 2. not working: 7.6.1.29.Now, community, I ask you how and where to report the driver issue? Part 2: I reported the issue to Wacom support. Wacom supports stopped support me when they realized that I have Lenovo Active Pen 2, so you can see "Lenovo" there, not Wacom, that's why it's not Wacom's problem. Not really clear situation, because drivers has been downloaded from Wacom site and developed by Wacom. Ok, then I went to Lenovo support. I managed to communicate to USA Lenovo support, and they redirected me to my local Lenovo representatives (not USA) because of the laptop warranty location. How the laptop warranty is linked to Wacom driver bug? After that destructive finger pointing, I came here. Perhaps, could you suggest... Read more

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Hello! Chapter 1: After the latest drivers update (Wacom develops driver for Lenovo Active Pen 2), the long press of the top side button leads to activation of screenshot event (kind of Snip and Sketch). It interrupts any drawing activity. For example, Sketchable application has a color picking assigned to this button, which is interrupted by screenshot triggering. Note: There are 2 side buttons on the Active Pen 2, and the top side button leads to the issue. It's not about usual top button at the end of the pen, and it's not about long tap of the pen itself (that "issues" were found in a huge amounts in the internet). I found that 1. Working driver version: Lenovo Pen Service (Wacom provider) 7.5.1.21, 2. not working: 7.6.1.29.Now, community, I ask you how and where to report the driver issue? Chapter 2: I reported the issue to Wacom support. Wacom denied to support me after they realized that I have Lenovo Active Pen 2, so you can see "Lenovo" in the title, not Wacom, that's why it's not a Wacom's problem. Not really clear situation, after all drivers have been downloaded from Wacom site and they are developed by Wacom. Then I went to Lenovo support. I managed to communicate to USA Lenovo support, and they redirected me to my local Lenovo representatives (not USA ones) because of the laptop warranty location. How the laptop warranty is linked to Wacom driver bug? After that destructive finger pointing, I came here. Perh... Read more

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hey, just wondering, has anyone ever used active partition to recover a lost partition on their hard drive? I just want some other advice so i can get this right....
 

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Since I'm not an expert at present, I can't do a lot to help others in this forum solve their problems. So I figure that the most helpful thing I can do is post enough information that hopefully others can learn from my experiences. That's why I'm putting so much documentation into this thread.

I have a WD 2TB external hard drive that I use for both System Image and data file backups. A week ago, I was trying to resize one of its partitions, and the process got hung up partway through. I took some steps to try to address any problems that may have resulted, but apparently I didn't do enough.

Here's the background:








  
Quote: Originally Posted by LaurieD227



I was using Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 to resize a partition on a WD 2TB external hard drive. I let the process run overnight, and somehow it was interrupted during the Quick Data Moving step. Upon resuming, the program indicated it had data that still needed to be moved so I let it continue.

The process apparently stopped at the "Rebuilding Partitions Info" stage - neither the percent complete, nor the elapsed time, nor the time had remaining changed for at least the past 3-4 hours. (Until it suddenly stopped, the elapsed time had been steadily growing.)

I've attached a screenshot showing the Paragon dashboard and status windows.









  
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A:Resize Partition Failure (Part 2) - PW Partition Recovery found issues

I read about PW Partition Recovery in one of the tutorials, so I ran a Quick Scan of the entire 2TB drive, with the following results (see screen shot).

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I don't think there is a subforum suited for this thread but this subforum comes close.

My computer was starting up as usual and after loading the desktop, I clicked my Firefox shortcut. The cursor stayed as a swishing blue circle for an extended period of time while my system HD made constant clicking noises. After a few minutes, the computer restarted and I got the error message:

Code:
Disk error
Press any key to restart
However, pressing any key does not actually restart the computer but prints the error messaging again, following a short delay (although Ctrl Alt Delete does).

I ran a Ubuntu live DVD and it sees the harddisk (both partitions; data and Windows partition) and the files are accessible.

When I attempt to repair the Windows installation via the Windows 7 DVD disc, no operating system is detected, even after loading the necessary drivers for my motherboard's RAID controller (the installation is not on a RAID-configured disk but I think the drivers may be necessary nonetheless).

When I select "Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows..." and click "Next" and then select "Startup Repair", a repair is attempted and I am told to restart the computer to complete the repairs. According to the diagnosis and repair details:


Code:
Root cause found:
-----------------
The partition table does not have a valid System Partition.

Repair action: Partition table repair
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A:Disk error - press any key to restart (no system partition?)

As your Ubuntu live DVD can access your HD backup all your data.

Check your HD.
Disk Check

Check with a hard drive diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

You may need to replace your HD.
Clean Install Windows 7

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I am unable to install Windows XP on a desktop. I used Gparted to delete all partitions of the hard drive until it was unallocated. After doing so, I power off the machine and put in a Windows XP CD. It loads the files all right, F8 worked to accept the terms, after that, it says "to create a partition in the unpartitioned space press c". I pressed C dozens of times, but it is not doing anything. If I just hit enter to install, it always BSOD's with PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA. Google and Microsoft says that error message only applies to Windows 2000 and Windows NT. There is nothing on that BSOD regarding Windows XP. I also Googled '"to create a partition in the unpartitioned space press c" "Not Working"' but nothing came up. There seems to be no information on this problem that I am having.

A:"to create a partition in the unpartitioned space press c" Not Working

After deleting the partitions in Gparted create a new primary MBR partition and format it NTFS using Gparted then try the XP install.
 
http://gparted.org/display-doc.php%3Fname%3Dhelp-manual#gparted-create-new-partition
 
Edit: Another thing to do after creating the partition but before the install. Go to Partition > Manage Flags. Click Boot and then Apply. 

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I, have inspiron 15 7537 and on starting the computer i am getting the message " No boot device found. Press any key to reboot." It seems that whenever I press f2 or f12 it just flashes the screen 2-3 times then it just goes back to the loop. The Dell icon shows and OCCASIONALLY it will show a loading bar under it but then it will go back to the loop. It wont load setup or boot menu yet when I plugged in the charger it seemed to setup a new menu which let me know I should plug in a 90W charging cable and to press f2 to go to setup but when I restarted I accidentally pressed f3 which stopped the message from showing and now I am back to the infinite loop of not being able to enter setup. Any ideas?

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When computer is powered up, I get this message:
"No OS found - insert OS setup disk, then press any key"
I do nothing but press a key and Windows starts up.
Can anyone tell me what's going on???

A:No OS found - insert OS setup disk, then press any key

Sounds like your MBR may be damaged, have a look at this tutorial.

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My Dell inspiron 3521 will not boot or start up. Not even in safe mode. When it restarts I see a message that says Check Media_Fail appearing on the black screen repeatedly. Then the no boot device found appears. I tried F2 and going into the BIOS and change from Legacy mode to UEFI. Changing the order Hard Drive, Cd/DVD , network in all possible ways. Then the hard drive where it says FIXED HDD goes not detected and re appears then Disappears again. Ive run diagnostics and it comes a hard drive error everytime. I unscrewed my laptop removed the hard drive and re inserted it then screwed it back in. I also get the error Critical Process_died. And a few error codes like error code 2000 - 0151. I dont know what else to do as my laptop still no matter what I try to do still won't boot or go into safe mode. Please HELP!
 

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My sound stopped working. My computer says that everything is working fine but its not working at all.
There is this error message I get when I press the start button (the specified module could not be found msls31.dll) It all started with that error, now Iv'e tried to do the sfc/scannnow but I get this message (Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them). I can't seem to figure out how to do it manually. I have no audio on my laptop for 2 days now. I can't seem to fix it myself. Help!

A:The specified module could not be found msls31.dll When press Sart

This was originally posted in the audio section. I asked the user to repost as he needs to get the system problems fixed first and then if the audio problems still exist we can address them.

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Or Del to enter setup.

Get this error message with my Logitech G11. It has worked fine before on Windows 7. I had to reset my bios, which, I think, is now the problem.

What settings to I have to alter for the system to either Autoskip the message, or not let it generate the message at all and just start up like it usually would?

A:Keyboard not found, press F1 to skip message

Plug the keyboard into a rear USB port that is part of the motherboard. Not an add on card or front panel.

In bios, ensure USB Keyboard Support is yes or active.

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My laptop is dell inspiron 15r 5521. I have never tampered with the hard disc.
Around 5 days ago my laptop suddenly showed an extra drive which showed some error when i tried to open it.
Yesterday I deleted the drive with mini tool partition, it was working fine after it.
Today morning when i opened the laptop it showed repeated errors of
" checking media (Fail )"
After which it showed the message
"No boot device found. Press any key to reboot the machine."
I checked online and followed the solutions they mentioned like opening the bios and running the diagnostics scan which were unable to find anything wrong.
I also tried to boot with ubuntu it opened but i was unable to install it as it showed some error when i tried to assign it a drive and i didnt want to risk losing my data by formating the drive.
It worked ok for two initial attempts after which i couldnt even open ubuntu it just kept loading and loading and when i pressed some key showed the error shown below.
I initially had windows 10.
I dont know what is the problem and how to solve it. The laptop has important data most of which is not backed up and i need my laptop to be working quickly. What should i do ?
I selected the option check disc for defects in gnu grub which gave me the result that said error found in two files press any key to reboot.
After that if i press any thing the same thing repeats.
Thank you
 

A:No boot device found. Press any key to reboot the machine.

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I need some help. I just finished building this machine and I'm getting this error each time I start up. Let me give you my current config:

ASUS P5K-E WiFi-AP
160GB ATA/100 Maxtor (OS is loaded on this drive WinXP Home SP2)
160GB S-ATA WD
DVD-RW S-ATA Pioneer
CDRW IDE
1GB DDR2 533 x2

Preface:

This MBO has 6 S-ATA connectors on it for setting up a RAID0, 1, 5, or 10. The MBO manual states; "when using the connectors in standard IDE mode, connect the primary (boot) hard disk drive to the SATA 1/2/5 Connector. Refer to the table below for the recommended SATA hard disk drive connections."

The table reads as follows; Connector SATA1/2/5/6, color; Red, Setting; Master, Use; Boot Disk. Connector; SATA3/4, color; Black, Setting; Slave, Use; data disk

My Setup:

I currently have the BIOS set so the SATA connectors are in IDE mode. (I tried to set them in SATA mode under this config and that started a whole other set of issues. I put it back to IDE)

The two SATA devices I'm using are connected to SATA3/4. I connected this way because my thought is that neither one of these drives are the Boot drive and if your not a boot drive your a slave. (this could be where the issue is)

The following 2 drives are connected via the IDE connector on the MBO.

The 160GB ATA/100 Maxtor has the OS loaded on it and the jumper is set to Master. It is connnected to the primary/black IDE connector. In the BIOS I have this drive set as number 2 in the boot priority.

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A:Start Up Error: No Master IDE H.D.D. Found! Press F1 To Continue

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Hi..At first I wanted my dell inspiron 3458 have dual boot with windows 7 64bit and ubuntu 14:04. Previous already installed windows, then I create a new partition in windows around 100GB for ubuntu. When the installation process ubuntu via USB, windows installed not illegible, then selecting options partitions "Something Else" also not illegible. 465GB's of HDD readable as unlocated space although have installed windows, that meaning the HDD is considered vacant by ubuntu. I try browsing to google, i follow some tutorials then found GPT HDD status is damage, while normal MBR. GPT I delete. Only drive C partition that can be read, another still unlocated. By the way, after convert the HDD GPT into MBR dynamic type, and then I turn it into a basic MBR simultaneously convert into basic GPT through AOMEI Partition Assistant. Finally all my partitions read and I managed to install ubuntu 14:04 in the drive that I want to. But I found a new obstacle, when boot process I found "No Boot Device Found Press Any Key to Reboot the Machine", this position booting as legacy. When attempting to boot with UEFI managed to get into windows or ubuntu. What happen with my legacy boot? Can anyone help and give advice? Really needs help.

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Hi,
I was in the middle of a PPT presentation when my two month old Inspiron 15R froze and would not respond. I tried pressing the power button to make it shut down, hoping it would restart normally, but it did not.
I kept seeing the Dell logo (without any progress bar), then a screen that said:
Checking media [Fail]
Checking media
No Boot Device Found. Press any key to reboot the machine_
I ran a diagnostic and got this error message:
Error Code: 2000-0142
Validation 110046
Msg: Hard Drive 0 – S/N W0V5LRGX, Short self test unsuccessful.
Following instructions on the Dell Support websites, as well as the Dell Community I tried a few things:

I reset BIOS defaults
I reseated the hard drive
I tried following the instructions at http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/p/19477320/20234737.aspx#20234737 but these didn't seem to work for my computer... maybe because I can't change the SATA mode to Intel Smart Response Technology... all I see under "SATA Operation" is AHCI or ATA

After trying all this, my computer now shows the Dell logo with the blue progress bar. Then it switches to a black screen with some product information. At the bottom of this screen is says:
PXE-E61: Media Test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM
No Boot Device Found. Press any key to reboot the machine_


HELP!

A:No Boot Device Found. Press any key to reboot the machine_

Hi HlliW,
I really appreciate that you have perform few steps; the 0142 error code indicates that the hard drive has failed. Depending on the warranty status we can help you further, please use the link below to check the warranty status.
http://dell.to/YeuzUO
Please punch in the system service tag or express service code. In case your system warranty has expired please contact the Out of Warranty department 1-800-288-4410 (U.S.Customer only). In case your system is under warranty please send me the system service tag or express service code through a private chat, so that I can help you further.
Click on my username select start conversation and send me the details.

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Hi All,

I have a d400 laptop but without the cd drive so i cant just boot from disc and reinstall, When I switch the laptop on I get the following message and 2 beeps:

'No bootable device(s) selected'

'strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for set-up utility'

I then retry the boot, but get the same message appearing on screen.

I then try the diagnostics and it fails on a part, Does anyone have any suggestions? ive inserted a usb stick with xp on it but if i try boot from that it says disc error, any ideas or is the laptop doomed?

Regards
 

A:Dell d400 no boot device found press F1 / F2

Can you press F2 and get into the setup? If so, check to see if the hard drive is detected in the bios. Most likely the hard drive is bad. You might be able to use an external USB CD/DVD drive to re-install Windows after the hard drive is replaced
 

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IBM 8307 "1962 No operating system found.Press

I have this error on boot up. Does anyone know what this error means?
It has a maxtor hard drive, 2 CD roms and a floppy.
In BIOS it has Hard disk 0, Hard Disk 2 thur 3.
I only have one hard disk attached and I don't know which one
to put first in sequance.
It also has a Primary Boot Sequance and a Automatic boot sequance.
Don't know why or how to set it up.
I am also using it thur a KVM switch. Could that be the problem?

Thank you,
 

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hey first time poster! i tried to restart my laptop yesterday, and got the error message, operating system not found! i read through alot of solutions on here, tried rebooting with cd rom etc, no joy! i then took out the hd and rebooted with cd rom, and the error is disk error press any key to restart! its and old enough laptop, acer travel mate 250, and i noticed it was very hot underneath, before restarting yesterday, its been working fine upto that! am i screwed? if i get a new hd will it fix it? how much is new hd? thanks very much in advance! dan

A:Disk error press any key to restart, Operating system not found!! Help

and welcome to the Forum

You can run diagnostics on the hard drive

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

See this for how to make a bootable cd

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Hi. I have formatted my hard drive and installed windows XP pro (SP3) on it. It got installed well. However, once I take out the OS cd after completion and restart the system for any reason, the system stays blank for long with a blinking cursor on top left corner and then after couple of minutes goes on to show the above error.

This doesnt happen when I keep the OS cd in the optical drive and then start the system as it goes on to show the "press any key to boot from cd..." thing and then load the OS normally. What could be the reason for this and how can I get my system to boot without the OS cd in it everytime (without having to format it again). Please help.

A:NO BOOTABLE DEVICE FOUND: Insert boot disk and press any key

Try a Repair Installation.

Try this.

Quote:





Originally Posted by ST&T.com Forums


Disk boot failure
This can be a number of reasons:

1: Your HDD has had it and needs replacing
2: It is trying to boot from another source, i.e. printer with memory card slots
3: A Memory card / usb stick which is in your PC.

It can be a number of things

First thing I always tell customers to do is:

1: Check in BIOS and make sure the HDD IS detected
2: Make sure the boot order seems OK, make sure the HDD is set to first boot device as a simple check.
3: Make sure no peripherals are pluggged in, i.e. printer (to rule out any 3rd booting options)

If everything seems OK, then that's when we'd try a system recovery, stick in the recovery CD / XP CD depending on the OS and recovery method.

If it boots into the recovery and we can do chkdsk /r - If that comes back OK, try and run the complete restore.
If it goes through OK and in to Windows then problem sorted just a software issue.

If it goes through OK but then comes up with the same issue, could be a fault with the HDD / Mobo (Not recognising a HDD is detected properly)

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I start my computer and get "No operating system found. Press Ctrl Alt Deleteto restart" I think I set my C partition so it doesn't boot on it and boots on the Z partition which has nothing in it. Or unallocated space.



I think when i was trying to create a new partition in Windows 8 setup it screwed it up..... Because that was the last thing i did before i turned it off and got the message......

A:I start my computer and get "No operating system found. Press Ctrl....

This is out of context without the previous information in your thread at Dynamic Disk conversion help (HxD hex editer shows 01C2 is a 0??) - Windows 7 Forums.]

You last reported there that after recoversion to Basic, Win8 was trying to boot on another letter. I gave you the fix for that just now.

Has this latest failure happened ever since you reconverted to Basic disk, or just since trying to create a Win8 partition? How did you attempt this exactly? Did you then proceed to install Win8 to the partition as you should to have it auto-configure a Dual Boot? If not do that now.

Please post a camera snap of the Partition Wizard CD drive map with listings so that it isn't the size of a postage stamp.

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I have used killdisk to erase the data off my two partitions however once it has done this it says the partitions are not active and when i boot the windows 7 disk it says there are no partitions to install to. Can anyone tell me how i can make those blank partitions active again. total newb. Not a clue! Sorry

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I have a hard drive that I partitioned several years ago with Partition Magic before it was stolen by Symantec. I am trying to recombine the two partitions but keep getting a warning that the partition I'm trying to combine is not active. This is my C: drive. What damage, if any, could I do to my system if I combine the partitions and C: is not active? I have recently added new hard drives to the system, one of which has an active partition, but no files on it. What does this all mean? Thanks to any who can provide useful information.

A:Active partition

Well, since you have a HD available...

Use XXClone to image the C:\drive to a secondary, then merge the partitions. If it works, great, delete the image file and you are gtg. If it goes bad, format the C:\ drive and use XXClone to export the image back to the C:\ Drive. You might need a 3rd drive to boot from in order to run XXClone. Maybe partition the secondary ?

Anyways, you'll figure it out. Just image the C:\ drive as a back-up first. Be a good idea to run chkdsk a couple times before doing anything major.

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i have an 80 gig split into 5 different partitions

3 5 gigs
1 2 gig
1 57.5

winxp on a 5 gig
linspire on a 5 gig
mandriva on a 5 gig

the 2 gig is a swap partition

and the 57.5 gig is a partition to hold my games and applications


my question is this.

how do i set winxp to be active?

everytime i install a new os it is set to active.
.........................................
help would be appreciated...thanx

A:set partition to active

Create a startup disk, via right-clicking on the floppy disk drive, selecting format, and checking the appropriate boxes. Insert the startup disk into your floppy drive, reboot, and at the prompt type fdisk. Follow the instructions for setting an active partition.

If your system refuses to start from the floppy disk, edit your BIOS and set the floppy disk drive as the first boot device.

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I got a new hard drive and my bios reads it fine it also passes tests. all my settings are set to default. I have my cdrom boot sequence first because im trying to install windows from a bootable dvd on startup. I also get these results without ANY media or components attached. Its got a gig of ram. I also tried to slave the new hard drive with an external enclosure cradle and went to diskmanagment then tried to initialize disk drive and says error drive not ready, i then went to cmd and used DISKPART command and there it was listed offline so i got offline to say online now, and by the way my working pc wont see the drive connected as a usb mass device as it usually does but anyway this didnt help any i still get this error message when i try to boot up. Finally here is the error messsage below that shows when i boot my brand new hard drive up.

No active Partition
PXE-E61 media test failure, check cable

A:No active Partition?

You said you have a CDROM as first boot device and a DVD Install Disc.
Do you also have a DVD drive, and can you set that as first boot device?

You may have a bad Win 7 DVD you are trying to install from.
Is it clean and not scratched?

Where and how did you get your Win 7 DVD?
Did you download and burn the DVD?
If so, what program did you use and at what burning speed?

Does your other "working" PC see this DVD as a bootable Win 7 disc?

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hello everyone
when partitioning my hard drive I did not set the primary dos drive as active so I now get an error saying cannot read fixed disk. How do I now set the primary dos drive as active. Am ruuning windows 98
 

A:no active partition set

Use your favourite partitioning tool. They all allow to set partitions active. With what did you do your partitioning in the first place?
 

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i am trying to set an active partition but my computer shows 7 partitions. How do I know what one to set as active?

A:Active partition

if you use this tutorial ... Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Ten Forums - Windows 10 Forums to post a screen shot of your partition layout in Disk manager or other application (expand as far as possible or take multiple screen shots so that all information is available)

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Hi,
Trying to tidy up my PC, I deleted the partition that had Win 98 on as I no longer use it. I have a much larger partition with Win XP, that I use all the time. With Partition Magic I deleted the Win98 partition, and now my PC wont load as I must have deleted the Active partition. How can I get into my PC to make the XP partition to be the Active partition. Then it will boot up. I am not very familiar with Dos, and will need help.
 

A:Help, I have deleted the Active partition

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A few months ago I installed an SSD to hold Windows and application programs. The old HDD has all data and a separate partition with the old version of Windows, which I kept until I was sure the SSD was working properly. Now, when I try to delete the partition with the old version of Windows, I get a message that the partition is in use. Why is that? What do I need to do to safely delete that partition?

A:Old System Partition still active?

If its saying that your still booting from the old drive or at least boot files are on there. Post a screen shot from disk manager

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When I restored my Image to a clean partition (A clean drive with 2 partitions) I ended up with Recycle.Bin, Boot, System Volume Information, and bootmgr on my Data drive. I'm not sure what to do about this?

A:My data partition is Active?

Post a picture of Disk Management.

The tools I'd look at would be Diskpart and Partition Wizard, but show us the pic first.

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hi guys if you can help me out with this one it would be really great!!!
i have a dual boot system with 4 partitions well 5 but the latter is the boot partition of win 7.
now i would like (in some way) to only mount the partitions which i startup from.
so i have two windows 7 installations which require 1 partition each. and then i have one more partition for every system partition to store the data. so instalation one has the partitions games and gamesdata
and the second installation has the partitions cubase and cubasedata.
i hope all this is clear ;)
now if i would like to boot up say the win 7 on the cubase partition i don't want the others to mount or become active. in other words i just want the partition from which i boot to become mounted/active. and the rest unmounted.
i would like to add that if i boot from partition cubase, cubase data also has te mount the rest should stay unmounted.
likewise.
if games boots gamesdata has te be mounted and the rest should stay unmounted.
hope you guys know what i mean.
any help would be great.
greetings from holland.

A:how to only mount active partition

I'm assuming you have two drives split between the two windows installations, correct? Have you try going into your Disk Management on each installation of windows 7 and setting the drive that contains the partitions don't want to be offline? For example, go into the Win 7 Cubase and open disk management and set gamesdata and games drive to be offline. Then go into the Win 7 Games and set cubase and cubasedata drive to be offline.
 
You can get into Disk Management by going to Start, Right-Clicking on Computer and clicking Manage. On the left side under Storage, click on Disk Management. At the bottom where you have all your drives listed with the names Disk 0, Disk 1, Disk 2, etc. Right click on where it says Disk 0 and click offline. Make sure this drive contains the partitions you don't want.
 
HOWEVER, if all your partitions are on one drive, you can alternatively right click on the partition you don't want, click on Change Drive Letter and Paths, click on the Drive Letter D: (for example) and click Remove. Then click OK. That partition should now be gone from your current installation.
 
I hope this makes sense.

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Greetings,

After formatting my new laptop, I deleted the manufacturer recovery partition, the 100MB partition, resized, merged, created a new Data partition, etc. However, I cannot mark my OS partition (C as Active; I can only make my Data (D partition Active. Please advise.

A:Can't mark OS partition as Active

I'm confused; your screenshot clearly shows partition C: being active.

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