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"no hard disk detected" but is detected in bios setup

Q: "no hard disk detected" but is detected in bios setup

I picked up a computer off craiglist was thoroughly enjoying my gtx geforce 680 ( https://boston.craigslist.org/sob/sys/6239989909.html ) when it "crashed" about 6 hours after purchase.When I rebooted I received the "no hard disk detected" message. Upon launching bios setup the hard drive is listed with details as being attached to its corresponding sata port. I am trying to determine if my hard drive is broken or if it needs remounting or some other sort of procedure.

The hard drive is a slightly dated WD Carver 1 TB SATA internal drive interacting with an asus motherboard. I did notice the boot order for drives had been rearranged putting an external and an optical disk drive in position 1 and 2 for boot directories. I disabled both the external and optical disc and selected the WD sata drive as the first preference for booting. Still I am getting the same error. I read somewhere that if the bios is recognized in setup but is still not recognized for booting that I may need to run a 32bit diagnostic. The forum I saw the diagnostic post mentioned on was in reference to a dell machine. I don't really know what this is or if it exists on my ASUS mother board.

In short: how can I tell If my hard drive needs replacement?

If Bios recognizing the drive is sign of life how can I get my computer to recognize this drive again?

are there any programs I could download on my laptop and put on my external that could be used to boot and run diagnostics on this hard drive?

Please if you have any advice, even perhaps on the future necessity for brevity in my posts, I would be most grateful.


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Preferred Solution: "no hard disk detected" but is detected in bios setup

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I have Vista Home Premium 64 bit OS and I flashed the Bios using my A1 Suite in Asus to upgrade it and everything went fine but as can sometimes happen I got the message upon reboot that " No Hard Disk Detected ".

Everything is working fine from bootup to shutdown and I know that there is a fix for this...I think in the Bios...but I forgot what it is. Any and all help is very much appreciated. Thanking you all in advance!

My specs are as follows: Mobo is Asus P5Q3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n LGA 775 ATX Mobo, Intel P45 Chipset, Supports Intel Core 2 Quad CPU's, Dual DDR3 2000, Sata 3Gb/s RAID, CrossFire Ready, PCI-E 2.0

A:" No Hard Disk Detected After Flashing Bios "

Tried rolling back to previous bios?

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Hi all,

Last night, my HTPC was happily working. However, the PC suddently froze and I had to manually force a shudown. Then, I tried to reboot and I got the following message:
"disk boot failure insert system disk"

I have 2 HDs and the BIOS and POST are not listing the HDs at all. I checked the cables but i doubt both HD cables disconnected at the same time anyway.

Any ideas will be much appreciated


A:sudden "disk boot failure". Drives not detected by BIOS

Take the cover off the computer.

Blow out all dust.

Make sure that all fans are running.

Leave cover off, temporarily, till cause located.

Does computer now boot up correctly.

If not, reset the bios to default settings. Problem gone?

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I just began getting this error yesterday. What is the likelihood that another issue besides a failing hard drive is causing error? Secondly, I've already purchased a new hard drive as a precaution. What is the fastest/easiest way to backup/clone this drive?

A:"Windows detected a hard disk problem" error message


Please open an elevated command prompt.
When you have the command promt open please enter the following command:
sfc /scannow and press enter.
After the scan is 100% and the scan did repair files please restart your computer.

Please re-open an elevated command prompt and enter the following command:
findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\logs\cbs\cbs.log >%userprofile%\Desktop\sfcdetails.txt

The cbs.log file will be posted on the Desktop as the current user, named sfcdetails.txt. Please attach this file in your next post.

Note: You can also copy/paste the commands to make it easier.

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I have recently been receiving this error message "Windows has detected a hard disk problem". I noticed this error appeared after a few electrical roll overs during a recent snow storm.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 10193 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640, -1 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 1846 GB (1707 GB Free); D: 16 GB (1 GB Free); F: 931 GB (0 GB Free);
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 2AF3
Antivirus: Spybot - Search and Destroy, Enabled and Updated

System Information:
HP 810-135qe
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel(R) Core (TM)i7-4770 CPU @ 3.40 ghz 3.40 ghz
Installed Memory (RAM) 10.0 GB
System Type 64-bit Operating system

ChkDsk and sfc/scannow results:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\windows\system32>sfc /scannow

Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.

Beginning verification phase of system scan.
Verification 100% complete.
Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of th
Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
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A:Error message "Windows has detected a hard disk problem"

Post a screenshot of Disk Management please, expand it's window so all the details are visible.

Also click on the Show details drop-down at the bottom of the error message in your screenshot and post the whole window please.

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Recently, an error message "Windows detected a hard disk problem" always pop ups in my monitor.

I have done "Error Checking" also " Defragmentation"...but that error message doesn't disappear.

What should I do?

Thanks a Lot.

A:Error message " Widows detected a hard disk problem"

That is not a most welcome message.

I would immediately backup the most important personal data and run the DOS version of Manufacturer's Diagnostic Utility. If it passes without any event reported, fine. But if it finds bad sectors and even if it repairs it, be wary. Not to be taken aback by any catastrophic failure that may occur unannounced, always backup all your personal data and also image your system regularly.

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I'm new to the forum and somewhat familiar with computers (enough to get into the BIOS, wipe a hard drive & set up Windows, those types of things).

I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop that was left on a fleece sweater for 3 hours last night. Needless to say, it overheated and has been giving me the error message "no operating system found" ever since.

I was running Vista home basic (32), so I tried booting from my recovery disk, but no operating systems were found. When I went into drive options through the recovery disk, only the d: drive is listed.

I went into BIOS and a hard drive is listed, however, I can't cursor through the BIOS. I can only move between time and date on the main screen, unless I hit the left/right arrows about 50 times, causing the cursor to eventually (erratically) move to another screen. Of course, I have very little control over where I'm going.

I work as a freelance writer and while there are no pictures, music, etc. that need saving, there is a pile of articles (hopefully) trapped on there somewhere that are all in progress. I'd rather pull a tooth out than attempt to rewrite them all.

I found a few forum problems that were similar to mine, but none with the freezing BIOS problem.

Help (and please be gentle with the techie-nese).

Thanks, Jayne

A:Solved: No hard drive detected, BIOS "frozen"

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i have bought a new computer recently and today i got this error message (i think the error is quite famous i will provide a photo if needed) and i have been trying to fix with no luck here is the situation so far.

1) i got the error after updating (it poped up after restarting the computer) the driver for my nvidia graphics card (not sure if this is important) .

2) i've searched around and i couldn't tell if this is a legitimate error or just maleware .

3) i ran check disk and no bad sectors were found .

4) i ran malwarebytes and it didn't find anything.

5) i ran superantispyware and it found and cleaned some threats .

6) i ran seaTools and the drive passed the fix all function .

i have done a complete back up just in case.

how do i fix this problem ?

please inform me if any information is needed and i will provide it ASAP.

i apologize for the long post.

Thank You

A:i need help with fixing "windows has detected a hard disk problem".

If you have made a backup image of your drive - you have done the best thing, just in case.

Are you still getting the message?

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I just replaced the stock xtremegear psu my computer came with because one day the computer just shut off and wouldn't turn on again.

I replaced it with a corsair gs800. I'm pretty sure I plugged everything in...the 24 and 8 pins into the motherboard, and the pci-e into the graphics card...as well as the fans and the cd drive.

When I turn it on, it goes through MSI's start screen but then it tells me something about No hard disk detected. Then it goes to the MSI screen again and gives me a choice to boot with...but there's only one choice, cd/dvd atapi drive. I choose that and it doesn't work.

I double checked the connections I have plugged in and those are secure. there are lights flashing on the motherboard so that's getting power. That's the 24 pin one right? I also checked the one in the corner, the 8 pin one...seems to be secure. They both clicked in.

Could someone please tell me what I might have done wrong?

Oh and here's the computer information that came with my invoice. Ignore the PSU, it now has what I said.

CU-197-206 INTEL i7-960 3.20GHZ 8M 1366 RETAIL 1 1,209.00 1,209.00
HD-403-306 1TB SATA III 7200 RPM 3.5" HARD DRIVE 1 0.00 0.00
RM-317-401 KINSTON HYPER X DDR3/1600MHz 2 GB MEMORY 6 0.00 0.00
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A:"No hard disk detected" on boot up

try to replace the cable of your Hard disk drive......

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I really need help.
Yesterday evening windows retarted my laptop, telling me it found a new update. I vened had no choice, it just restarted.

Last windows version was fall creator update. Now i don't know the one it just installed.
Since nothing happened except the littles dots moving sometimes, I let it work over night, thinking that in the morning it would have installed the update.
But this morning I found only a black screen, and after reboot this red message.
It seems it is not finding the disk boot sector.
Any Idea? Panik...

A:After Windows Update (automatic) Red Message "Invalid Signature detected. Check Policy in Setup"

I disabled secure boot option,
But no boot device found.
Is there a way to uninstall the last windows update, without being able to boot the computer? 

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Ok, so I got a new asus P8z68-V pro motherboard.
Im re-using my current 750gb SATA drive.
I plugged it into the sata port, and start the computer.

When it starts it says "no hard drive is detected!"

I go into the bios, and on the bottom it has a disk drive, and a SATA drive.
It recognizes that the sata drive is there, but when i go to start up it says no hard drive is detected.

I have tried a few different sata ports and it is the exact same thing.
Any idea how to fix it, i am getting very frustrated at this point
thanks a lot

A:"hard drive not detected" but the hard drive shows in bios

is it your windows drive, or an extra storage drive?

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XP SP2 - Intel D865PERL motherboard (4 RAM slots)

I've been running incident free for several years with 2 Crucial 512MB CT6464Z40B.8T sticks. They were installed in the DIMM 0 slots (positions 1&3).
I recently installed 1 Crucial 1GB CT12864Z40B stick in DIMM 1 (position 2). I guess this was a no-no. On restart I got the message quoted in the title. I don't off hand, remember the rest of it.
I shutdown and moved the 1GB to position 1 with the other two in positions 2&3. From what I've read, I was probably more right the first time. Now, on restart, I get a single beep (never did that before) and a message that flashes by too quickly before the BIOS screen appears.

My virtual memory intial and maximum are 3067MB (set by me). I have no restart problems so far and the computer shows 2GB installed wherever RAM is displayed.

Before I move RAM around or go into BIOS. of which I know nothing, what needs changing and how?
What might the message be or how do I access it?


A:"BIOS has detected a non-optimal memory configuration"

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I am trying to reinstall Windows XP on to my dads old PC which came with Windows XP on it, I keep getting this error when i try to install it


now I did recently perform a CMOS clear and think it may be related..

theres no options in BIOS for AHCI/IDE etc
I have re-installed XP on this before
and I have tried slip-streaming SATA drivers (which ive not needed to do before)

can anyone help?


A:"no hard-drive detected" on XP install on a XP Machine??

Does the bios see the hd? If it does you can try a 'repair' install from xp disc if you have one http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

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My Dell laptop is displaying this message upon booting up. I have no idea how to start fixing it or figuring out whether it is fixable.

My dell charger is worn out, and the computer has not recognized it -- it still gets power to the computer, but the computer does not recognize it as a dell charger, and therefor I can run the computer on AC power but it cannot charge. I haven't needed to use my laptop out of my house in awhile so I haven't really worried about it, but can the fact that the battery has been totally drained for awhile (about a week, I think -- and totally drained, if I unplug the charger it turns off immediately) have something to do with it? I have it on a working charger right now trying to revive the battery, but the battery light is not on so I don't think it's even charging.

If trying to charge it doesn't help, what do I do? I can still run setup and the boot menu but I have no idea what to do when running these.

A:HDD Error - "Internal Hard Drive not detected"

"My dell charger is worn out, and the computer has not recognized it"...

Your post is confusing. Are you talking about the AC adapter (charger) here? If the charger isn't being recognized by the laptop, how is the charger able to power the laptop?

The laptops internal battery is probably dead. They don't last forever. What about this " HDD Error - "Internal Hard Drive not detected"...?"

This means that there is something seriously wrong with the hard drive. This hard drive stores all your data, pictures, email and Operating System

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Hey guys I have a strange problem I can't figure out with my Toshiba A35-s209 laptop. The hard drive is not detected at bootup and when i go into my bios settings at startup it says "none" in the hard drive section. With no hard drive it trys to network boot giving me that "PXE error: check cable" message. I've switched up the boot order, disabled the network boot option and tried every other boot option I can think of and no dice. I know its not a hardware problem because whenever I stick in the Xp install disc it'll detect the 60gb hard drive just fine showing the partitions and everything. I've used the recovery console and fixmbr & fixboot and still nothing.

Its really strange because whenever it doesn't detect my hard drive I usually just turn it off and turn it on repeatedly and after a couple of times it all of a sudden detects it and boots. So the only way to use my laptop is to have it on constant standby because if it resets then.... no hard drive=no boot. Which is what happened recently and now I'm stuck with a very expensive paperweight. Oh yea I've tried formatting , clean installed windows and updated to the latest bios. I'm thinking of zeroing out the hard drive.. dunno if that'll do anything. The drive isn't even conviently located in a hard drive bay like most laptops. I'm running out of options.

So in conclusion ..My failed efforts:
-updated bios
-reformatted & clean... Read more

A:Laptop hard drive "rarely" detected

you're hdd may be failing.. backup your data now and find out the make of your hdd (seagate, maxtor etc) then download their driver diagnostic utility.

writing 0's may/may not help, but if you're hdd is under warrenty send it back (make sure you've taken your stuff off first) and tell tehm to check teh hdd..

otherwise, you may do your own DIY hdd replacement if you feel up to it...

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Hi there,
i have this issue with my computer where i have two hard drives, both are detected in bios, but when i get into windows xp i can only access one of them, as only on of them is showing up in my computer. While in device manager it shows up that both hard drives are connected :/
in my task bar i have safely remove hardware which also gives me the option to safely remove both harddrives...
this problem occured when i tried to create a raid setup, but midway into the installation when i needed to use a floppy disk, i found out that an external usb floppy drive couldnt be used... so i just installed it the normal way, and boom ive got this problem.
im running windows xp pro, with an asus a8n-slideluxe motherboard and two seagate 120gb sata drives, plugged into the non raid slots on the mobo.
If you have any suggestions or solutions could you please post them.

A:Hard drive "semi" detected :P

Also, you cant raid the drive that windows is on!!!!!

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I have run webroot antivirus with antispyware, several times. Every time I do, it finds the same virus (sometimes others with similar names). This is from the latest scan:


and some cookies. However often I quarantine them, they reappear on the next scan and I also can't get the desktop to go back to its normal appearance, it's gone white with a big warning (as above) and refers to:


having been detected on my computer.

I have gone through the 5 steps.

This is the active scan log:

ANALYSIS: 2008-08-21 18:37:14
Description Version Active Updated
Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware Yes Yes
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A:Can't get rid of "Troj/FakeAle-FK" and "Warning! Spyware detected on your Computer!"

Hi Henry

Disable SpySweeper's realtime protection. Open Spysweeper and click on Options
Choose Program Options and uncheck
load at windows
On the left click
and then uncheck everything.
home page shield
automatically restore default without notification
Exit the program.

Please visit this webpage for download links, and instructions for running ComboFix tool:


Please ensure you read this guide carefully and install the Recovery Console first.

The Windows Recovery Console will allow you to boot up into a special recovery (repair) mode. This allows us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware. It is a simple procedure that will only take a few moments of your time.

Once installed, you should see a blue screen prompt that says:

The Recovery Console was successfully installed.

Please continue as follows:
Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix, link
Remember to re-enable them afterwards.

Click Yes to allow ComboFix to continue scanning for malware.

When the tool is finished, it will produce a report for you.

Please include the following reports for further review, and so we may continue cleansing the system:

New HijackThis log.

A word of warning: Neither I nor sUBs are responsible for any... Read more

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I just bought a new DVD Burner but figured it wasnt TOO tough to install...I am less than skilled at this stuff but the guy at Best Buy basically said it wasnt hard and it could be done no problem...

So i opened a relatively older (about 4-5 years ) tower, unscrewed the cd drive i wanted to take out and then slid the new dvd burner in its place, plugged in the necessary wires and i thought i was in business...

turns out for whatever reason i couldnt see the drive when i went to "my computer" so i thought that maybe i plugged in the wrong wire...i un plugged one, plugged in another that was hanging down and then my computer just shut off...

now i am getting message thats telling me "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer."

am i dealing strictly with a problem where i have the wrong things plugged in? or did i fry my hard drive?

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated

A:"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer..." ???

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Help Please

Im in big trouble. I was going to format my hard drive of my PC when i discovered that my system did not recognize it. This is really weird because i was using it a year now and it was working fine. The message i get is this "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system".

A:"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system".

You need to have a floppy with the proper driver then press F6 at the beginning of the Windows install process. With the proper drivers, Windows will find your hard drive (probabyl a SATA one) & will allow you to use it as a boot drive.

ps. please use the search function as this topic has been discussed quite a few times.

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i get the message "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer" when i try to install windows xp on a dell dimension 5150c with a 160G WD SATA drive. the bios detects it fine and the diagnostics indicate that it's okay and norton ghost is able to access it. this post:


indicates that i should try setting my sata operation to "combination". i have no such setting in my bios. i have only ahci and ata for this setting. i've tried both with identical results. do i need scsi drivers to install windows? thanks for any help.

A:Get "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer"

This is one of the most common problems we see here on TechSpot!
What you need to do is press F6 for third-party scsi or raid controller just as the Windows install is starting. You then need to insert your SATA driver disk.
If you do not have one then you will need to go to the Dell website and download the correct one for your PC and put it on to a floppy disk.
This should get all working.

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Hey all, I just created this account after doing some lurking on here.
I have a problem with a desktop of mine, its and Amd Athlon 64 X2 dual core processor 3800+

I know that there are other threads on this problem but they only seem to have solutions for computers that have floppy drives and mine does not.

I'm not very tech savvy at all either so any bit of help would be greatly appreciated.


A:"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer"

Sounds like a stupid answer,

Have you checked all cables .. I.e SATA and Power are plugged into your HDD? (or IDE and Power)


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I recently aquired this system:

Dell PowerEdge 1600SC
Intel Xeon 2.4GHz
2 x 36Gb HDD

PowerEdge Expandable RAID Controller BIOS 1.05 LSI Logic Corp.
HA -0 (Bus 1 Dev 2) PERC 4/SC Standard FW 3.28

startup says:

1 Logical Drives found on the host adapter.
1 Logical Drive(s) handled by BIOS

This computer previously had Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 installed on it, but by the time I received it, someone had replaced the OS with Ubantu.

I came in with all guns blazing, knowing nothing about RAID, SCSI or server systems, and went and DBAN'd the whole system because 1) there was a lot of useless juck from the previous owners on there, and 2) my friend didn't like Ubantu and wanted a simple Windows XP installation.

I think i have got the HDDs online again after the dban but...

How do I get Windows XP installed in this bloody computer, so that it runs (for all intents and purposes) like a powerful desktop, instead of a server?

When i run the Windows Setup it asks for 3rd party drivers for the RAID/SCSI. I have exhausted my googling abilities trying, but I can't find PERC 4/SC RAID controllers with the relevant "txtsetup.oem" file that Windows Setup is demanding.

I downloaded the Dell perc 4/sc driver package from support.dell.com but it doesn't have the txtsetup.oem file and Windows Still asks for it.

Is there a certain array configuration that enables windows to see the drives without the drivers? If so, details please...

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A:Solved: "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer."

If you have the driver files, you should be able to slipstream them to your Windows XP disk.

Download and install nLite (http://www.nliteos.com/download.html). This program allows you to add to your current Windows installation disk such things as Windows updates, Service Packs and hardware drivers (including SATA and SCSI).

The actual usage is pretty self-explanatory. Let us know how it goes.

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My IDE harddisk is not getting detected in the bios.
when i boot my cumputer
The boot screen is getting paused.

But when i unplug the IDE cable or the MOLEX power
connecter & immediately connecte it back again.
the system boots normly and shows the
following error

" Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter"
When i try to install windows XP SP2 from the bootable cd
it sys "windows cannot accses the disk "

I have tried the following steps:

1 I have repalced IDE cable with the new one

2 I have restored BIOS settings to factory defaults.

3 I have checked the MOLEX connector by pluging
it in my DVD drive, I works fine(DVD drive).

4 Plugged the harddisk in the Secondery IDE cable.

5 Tried all the Jumper settings.

6 I even tried it by connecting it to the IDE to USB
cable, in my friends system.

But no result.

IS there any way of getting my harddisk get detected &
recover the data.
Please Help me.

A:Hard Disk not detected in BIOS

The final step would be to take it to another computer and try it there. After that, it's off to a data recovery service where costs could run from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

Back up, back up, back up.

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I tried to serach my problem on the forum but couln't find a solution.So request you all to help please.

My laptop was working fine until last night.But when i switched it on this morning i got "operating system not found error message".
I tried to fix the problem by using windows recovery tools but wasn't successfull.Then i noticed that BIOS is not detecting my hard drive.
Everytime i boot i am getting "operating system not found message".

Can anyone suggest how to get my system working.I have a sony vaio FZ series laptop.


A:Hard disk not detected by BIOS

deepakgera1, follow this tutorial (made by Brink):
Startup Repair

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Hello Guys,
I was traveling home from school, about a week ago, so I detached my 40G Seagate hard disk from my desktop system,

The hard disk contained some movies which i wanted my brothers to see.
On getting home, my brother connected the hard disk to his PC and to my surprise, the hard disk was not detected by the BIOS, thought the harddisk was spinning all jumper settings possible was tried, and the situation was still the same.
We even removed all other IDE hard drives, and left this hard disk as the only disk connected to the system, event at thsi point, the BIOS did not recognise it, so also did the OS.
I thought it was a Board compatibility issue, so I decided to keep the disk until I returned to school. Now I'm in school, and I've returned the disk to it's normal position on my PC, even at that, my BIOS is no longer detecting it.
I though it was a problem with the electronic interface of the Hard disk, so I got a similar harddisk, and switched their electronic boards, yet the situation was still the same. To make matters worse, my electronic board worked with the other hard disk.

I have gone a step further by opening the disk compartment and switching their read heads, but now I even caused more problem because both hard drives are now in the same state - bad!

Please is there hope of still recovering my data from the disk?
I have over 13G of music, over 3.6G of eBooks and over 10G of Softwares!
Someone please help me.

A:Hard disk is not detected, even in BIOS

"opening the disk compartment and switching their read heads"...

You have to be kidding, right?? Changing outer control boards is one thing, but you need a clean room to open the disc compartment in. Both drives a paper weights now. When you get a chance, go out and buy an external USB hard drive to travel with in the future

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I have installed a new Hard Disk in My PC last week as the old one failed. The Hard Disk is a Wester Digital 7200RPM 40GB. The disk installed ok, Windows 98 installed ok and backed up data restored ok and the computer has worked happerley since this time last week. Today the computer was started up ok, and worked for a few hour then the screen went black and I had to restart the Computer.

Now when it starts up it will not detect the Hard Disk. And the screen goes to a DOS promt asking for a bootable disk in drive A:

I have checked the settings in the BIOS and I have tried changing the Primary master from Auto to User but the system will not detect it, and chages to Not installed. I have also restored the default settings to the BIOS but this has not worked. I'm sure the jumpers are correct as the computer has been working ok all last week and yesterday.

Has any one got any ideas?

A:Hard disk is not now being detected by the BIOS

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I'm trying to install Windows XP. I pop in the disk, boot from CD ROM, go thru the part where it scans for stuff until I reach "Press Enter to install Windows XP", then I get the message that says Setup did not find any hard disk drives.

I have a HP Pavilion zd7000

A:"Setup did not find any hard disk drives"

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Dell Dimension 2400
Win XP SP2
2.53 Ghz P4
1 GB memory
80GB HDD master
160GB HDD slave

Hello, first time poster, I just added the 160GB internal HDD to the system for additional storage, installed in a hard drive rack system (drive is mounted in a tray that can be slid in and out of computer case if need be, but can be left installed & keyed-powered off). The new drive works fine and I have copied some files to it. What is curious is the system detects the drive when it is installed and powered- it shows up in disk management and in My Computer- but in the BIOS the Primary slave drive setting is "Off". It doesn't seem to matter whether the BIOS setting is AUTO or OFF, the system detects the drive if it is installed. As I said, the drive seems to work fine & is detected so I should be fat and happy but this just has me a little puzzled and I want to make sure it's set up right. Thanks for any feedback on this!

A:HDD detected but is "off" in BIOS

I have a IDE removeable drive at work that has a software driver so it doesn't need to be recognized in the bios. It's hot swappable. sounds like the same thing..

If you boot the system with the drive in, it shows in bios. If it's booted without the drive, it doesn't..

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Hi everybody!
I hope somebody help me...

I bought the new laptab LENOVO B50-80 FreeDos:
Processor: Intel Core i3-4005U Dual Core Processor (3MB Cache, 1.7GHz)
RAM: 4GB DDR3L 1600MHz
Hard Drive: 500GB Hard Disk Drive
Graphics Card: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Bios: insydeh20 rev 5.0 (without advanced setting!)

I tried to install the "Windows 8.1", but during a installation i got an error (We couldn?t find any drives. To get a storage driver, click Load Driver.)
I checked in Bios, and I saw "Hard Disk: Not Detected"

I thought maybe update the Bios helps solve the problem and searched for it, but in official website I found just an ".exe" file for updating Bios.

Please Help me,
I can solve this problem, OR it is the hardware failure and I have to turn back and take a new one?

Thank you in advance for your attention.

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My battery says "1% plugged in, not charging". I ordered a new battery, installed today got msg saying "battery not detected", i shut it down, took battery out, replaced, restarted (several time), same msg. I visited many forums and read many threads on both of these issues. Apparently both of these issues are common with Dell, but the general consensus of the community is that i need to do a Bios update..So i downloaded the driver for the Bios update and attempted to install is, but got a massage that the adapter AND the battery must both be plugged in, in order to do the update..well..how can i "plug the battery in" when my pc is unable to detect the battery??!!!So i shut it down for like the 10th time this evening..took battery out and replaced it with the old battery..the one with 1% charge, but at least my pc is able to detect this one. I go back to the Bios update download, attempt to run it and get a msg saying battery must be 10% or higher to run the update **sigh** really frustrated now. I have seen people say its a loose connection and i should tap it near the motherboard...this did nothing. I jiggled adapter cord, nothing, i cleaned the connectors on the both batteries, nothing. I ran a diagnostic test thru dell.com on the battery and it came up as PASSED...lol..seriously?? I ran troubleshooting..nothing found.. I am at my wits end...help???

A:"Battery not detected" and "plugged in, not charging"

You press the 'Power On' button for 15 seconds to release Static Flea Power before replacing new battery in the battery bay? By the way, what is your Dell model number and version of windows ?
Example: Dell Inspiron 3543, windows 10

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Hi. Today without any reason, while updating a game, my laptop turned off and began restarting. Than I got error about EFI IPv4, IPv6. After entering BIOS (via NOVO button) i found that Hard disk is not detected. After few tries of changing boot options I asked BIOS to Load default settings, pressed "save and exit". Than i got new message (picture below). After this, laptop is restarting all the time (just Lenovo graphic appears) and I CAN'T enter BIOS by NOVO button. Dont know how to use power drain on this model since there is no removable battery. Laptop shout down after 1 single touch od power button. P.S: all the time Hard Drive light in front of laptop is OFF, only "Power" and "Charging" lights are ON. But in time when i got message (picture below) the Hard Drive light turned ON. Now it's all the time off again. Can't enter BIOS to see is hard drive detected again.   

A:Ideapad Y700-17ISK can't enter BIOS, Hard Disk not detected

if you have usb or dvd with windows instaliation try press F12 and choce how to boot..

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So my problem is that my audio isn't working when I turn my computer on and off (restart). The first two times that this has happened, I had restored it and the audio had came back. However, when I tried to do that again now, it doesn't seem to go that way. It just says "hardware might not have been detected." Do I need a new sound device or something? I would like to know ASAP. My comp. is a Sony, Vaio. and not sure where or what the model is so would anyone be able to tell me how to find it?

I'm sorry I might be in the wrong spot but I really con't figure out how to post.

A:"Hardware changes might not have been detected"----> "detected"

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I'm trying to fix my brother's computer after he opened a trojan attached to an email. The email was the one saying your credit card had been charged for airline tickets.

The computer is a Dell Dimension 3100 running Windows XP SP2.

The first problem is that after normal login there is a blue screen with a yellow window in the window with the message

"Warning! Spyware detected on your computer! Install an antivirus or spyware remover to clean your computer."

There are no icons visible. The only action I can perform is CTL-ALT-DEL to bring up the Windows Task Manager. I told my brother to start in Safe Mode from which he scanned the computer using AVG Free Edition which was installed before the infection. This did not fix the problem.

Starting Safe Mode I now get a black screen with Safe Mode in the corners and the operating system name at top. The blue login screen then comes up with Administrator and my brothers account. I click on Administrator and I get the same black screen as before with Safe Mode in the corners and the writing at top. My brothers account does the same. There are no icons or Start button visible.

Again, the only program I can bring up is the Windows Task Manager. Using that, I managed to install and run SmitfraudFix which was given as a solution to "Spyware detected" screen. After rebooting this did not fix the problem. I also installed SpyHunter 3.5.11 which found Zlob.Trojan, Rogue.AntivirusXP 2008 plus some other ... Read more

A:Safe Mode "Black Screen" and "Spyware detected" screen

Anyone want to answer this?

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I have a big problem here,
I have used my hard disk for 9month,
Yesterday when I watched movie on the half way,
My hard disk suddenly disfuntion,
And I thought my laptop problem due to always lagging so I restart my computer.
But after that I can't read my hard disk (WD)in my computer.
It can read in computer management there.

Ways I try:
1)I try to uninstall and reinstalled again,BUT it doesn't work.
2)I try to unchecked the hide folder and device at view.
3)I try to update the software BUT it still disfunction.
4)I try to use disk management and initialized it BUT there appeared CANNOT INITIALIZED Due to I/O device error.

Any solution for me ?

A:Hard Disk can't read in "my computer ", "initialized",I/O device error

The most usual cause is that the Hard Drive is beginning to fail. Back up your stuff. Go to the website of the manufacturer and test the drive.

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I've tried system restore and got this message:
Windows detected file system corruption on OS (C:). You must check disk for errors before it can be restored.). So down below of that message, there's a link which says ''Check the disk for errors''. So I clicked on it, and then it says ''Windows can't check disk while in use, do you want to check for hard disk errors the next time you start your computer?''. So I agree to it by clicking ''Schedule disk check''. So then I restart my computer & and it does nothing at all. I wanted to try system retore because theres this pop-up that keeps accuring on my Internet screen (Google Crome,Internet Explore) that says ''Please Install Flash Player Pro To Continue'', and saying that It's outdated. But when I did try to install it, It wouldn't let me. Comes to find out, I THINK (Idk) it's like some type of virus. But I was just wondering on why my computer wont allow me to restore now? What should I do??

My computer: Desk Top (Windows 7) Hp S1933
(I'm super slow when it comes to computers, so please bear with me!)

A:Error: "Windows detected file system corruption on OS (C:). You must check disk for e

Hi, go to start search and type, cmd, right click on the returned cmd.exe and select "run as administrator" at the command prompt copy paste the following:-

reg query "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager" > 0 & notepad 0

press enter, please post the notepad outcome here.

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Hi guys. I'm new here. I've tried to read all the discussion about how to fix the unallocated hard drive but I just can't understand it as the cases were pretty much different than I'm facing of.

Here's my problem.
Yesterday my external hard drive seems normal, everything is fine, until there's a blackout and I have to put "sleep" to my laptop. After the power got back, the hard drive suddenly gone and when I check the list of drives under "Disk Management", it showed up as "Disk 1 - Unallocated".

(I've attached screenshots here for your viewing)

My external hard drive is WD My Passport 1TB. It contains a lot of valuable data I cannot afford to lose. I really hope there's a way to fix this, and once I get back all of those precious data I will buy another HD to transfer them ASAP because I cant let this happen to me again.

Your help is so, very much appreciated.
Any questions regarding my problem, let me know. I'll provide all of the details you guys need.

1) I've tried TestDisk but on the "Analyse" process, it says "read error"
2) I've changed cable, but the situation remains the same.
3) I've tried Recuva, but it doesnt recognize my external drive.

A:WD EXTERNAL HARD DISK 1TB suddenly "unallocated" and "not initialized"


First don't mess up with the WD drive settings.. download partition wizard 7 (its free)..then .. open it ..click wizard(menu) .. select partition recovery wizard.. and it will find the partitions on it i think.. that way you can recover your partition that has been lost.

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My hard drive not showing in "my computer" or "Disk Management" but is showing under device manager. I got the hard drive from a friend and his dad had put a Password encryption on it. Any Ideas?

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A 3.5" external hard drive connected to my Windows XP machine via USB 2.0 has a "disappearing" and "reappearing" partition problem.

After the external drive is turned on, all four partitions on it will be displayed. Very soon, they will all disappear in Windows Explorer. After a brief moment, they will reappear along with a USB-symbol icon in the taskbar, which brings up a "Hi-speed USB Device Attached to non-Hi-speed Hub" warning suggesting that I use free Hi-speed USB ports (indicated in bold).

My computer's USB ports are all USB 2.0 and I've tried attaching the external drive to different ports on the machine, all with the same result.

Would anyone hazard a guess as to the likely cause of this problem:
(1) Failed (or failing) USB controller on the external enclosure?
(2) Failing power supply to the xeternal enclosure?
(3) Corrupted partition table on the drive?
(4) Failed (or failing) USB controller on the mobo?
(5) Any other cause?

The enclosure also has an eSATA port. When connected via eSATA (or USB 2.0) to another computer, no such problem appears.

Thanks in advance!

A:Hard disk partitions "disappearing" and "reappearing"

xp will loose drives when its having problems accessing them probably due to the usb 2.0 , a pci adapter would be better for you

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Earlier this evening I randomly got 3 or 4 pop-up windows that were followed by a blue screen.
In a panic or something I pressed enter and the blue screen went away. Everything closed immediately by itself and then showed my desktop.
Ever since, my background is blue with a yellow box that reads
"Warning! Spyware detected on your computer!
Install an antivirus or spyware remover to clean your computer."

I haven't noticed any difference in how my computer is running, other than the fact that I have no desktop control.
When I right-click my desktop I can't change my wallpaper or any desktop settings.

I keep getting blue screens that go away after I press enter, although, my computer did shut off after I got one of the screens.

I've read posts relating to this but tried following the steps and things were too different.

Any help is appreciated. Thank you!

Here is my Hijackthis log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:32:23 PM, on 6/24/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Safe mode

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = ... Read more

A:Blue background that reads: "Warning! Spyware detected on your computer."

Hello, and welcome.

Scans are best run in normal mode unless otherwise instructed.

Please do this:

Download Deckard's System Scanner (DSS) to your Desktop. Note: You must be logged onto an account with administrator privileges.Close all applications and windows.
Double-click on dss.exe to run it, and follow the prompts.
When the scan is complete, two text files will open - main.txt <- this one will be maximized and extra.txt <-this one will be minimized
Copy (Ctrl+A then Ctrl+C) and paste (Ctrl+V) the contents of main.txt here.
Please attach extra.txt to your post.
To attach a file to a new post, simplyClick the[Manage Attachments] button under Additional Options > Attach Files on the post composition page, and
copy and paste the following into the "Upload File from your Computer" box:C:\Deckard\System Scanner\extra.txt

Click Upload.

What DSS will do: create a new System Restore point in Windows XP and Vista.
clean your Temporary Files, Downloaded Program Files, and Internet Cache Files, and also empty the Recycle Bin on all drives.
check some important areas of your system and produce a report for your analyst to review. DSS automatically runs HijackThis for you, but it will also install and place a shortcut to HijackThis on your desktop if you do not already have HijackThis installed.


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First noticed this issue a little while back, but was out of the country and thus away from my computer since then until recently.

I'm noticing a variety of Diverts while surfing the 'net, primarily clicking links outwards from google, as well as various others leading to search sites etc. though sometimes leading back to google (with rather obscene searchs already plugged in.)

WoW Startup also gives me the title message claiming I have a "Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Agent variant" on my computer.

I have run various scans and cleanups etc. and thought I had the problem fully sorted out, but apparently not.

Here's my HJT Log for analysis:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 4:04:32 PM, on 4/29/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16512)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
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A:"Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Agent variant" Detected + Diverts (HJT Log)

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Need , help to fix, My CA spyware won't get rid of it,

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 6:32:14 PM, on 7/22/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\CA\SharedComponents\HIPSEngine\UmxCfg.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\SharedComponents\HIPSEngine\UmxFwHlp.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\SharedComponents\HIPSEngine\UmxPol.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\SharedComponents\HIPSEngine\UmxAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Security Suite\CA Anti-Virus\ISafe.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\SharedComponents\PPRT\bin\ITMRTSVC.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Security Suite\CA Anti-Virus\VetMsg.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Security Suite\CA Personal Firewall\capfsem.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\quickset.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Security Suite\cctray\cctray.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Securit... Read more

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Every time I log onto my computer, I enter my password and it looks like its loading to the desktop. Then it prompts me to type it in again for some reason - and the second time it actually does load the desktop.

This just started happening today.

I looked in the event viewer, and I get the same error for every time I turn on my PC or restart...
"The COM+ Event System detected an inconsistency in its internal state. The assertion "GetLastError() == 122L" failed at line 201 of d:\qxp_slp\com\com1x\src\events\shared\sectools.cpp. Please contact Microsoft Product Support Services to report this error.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp."

The link for microsoft help is useless.

The last things I did were...
-set a BIOS supervisor and user password (so you must enter a password to boot the machine and also to enter BIOS setup to make changes)
- Made several changes to "local security policy" (under control panel, administrative tools, local security policy)

I don't see why changing security policy would affect anything. Basically the changes I made were just to make the computer a bit more secure.

I changed the LAN Manager Authentication level to 'send LTNMv2 response only/refuse LM'

I changed "Do not store LAN Manager hash value on next password change" to 'enabled' (default was disabled)
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A:errror "The COM+ Event System detected an inconsistency in its internal state."

solved my own problem-

simply creating a new user and restarting the computer fixed the problem.

I have a feeling it had something to do with the LAN Manager hash value setting" I changed.

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My Comodo Internet Security Suite keeps saying "1 Browser Issues Detected"?, how do I fix this?, I am concern if its a malware or anything like this?

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My laptop has been infected, as a result I am seeing a blue background with a rectangular box in the middle. The top half of this box is yellow and says "Warning! Spyware detected on your computer." The bottom half is blue and says "Install an antivirus or spyware remover to clean your computer."

I have run Norton , Grisoft and Spy-Bot, none of which has removed it.

This is the Logfile:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 3:00:07 PM, on 5/17/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16640)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\AluSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ZcfgSvc.exe
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A:[SOLVED] &quot;Warning! Spyware detected on your computer...&quot; message on desktop

Welcome to TSF.

Please print the below instructions or copy them to Notepad. Make sure to work through the fixes in the order mentioned below. If there's anything that you don't understand, ask your question(s) before proceeding with the fixes.

Run a scan in HijackThis. Check each of the following if they still exist and hit 'Fix Checked' after you checked the last one:

O16 - DPF: {A7EA8AD2-287F-11D3-B120-006008C39542} (CBSTIEPrint Class) - http://offers.e-centives.com/cif/dow...in/actxcab.cab
O16 - DPF: {FE6A3E85-0F6C-49AD-8843-68FF44E7EEA9} - http://plugin.secureservicepack.com/...ervicepack.cab
O20 - Winlogon Notify: awvtr - C:\WINDOWS\system32\awvtr.dll (file missing)

1. Download combofix at http://www.techsupportforum.com/sect...s/ComboFix.exe or http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/sUBs/ComboFix.exe Save it to your Desktop before you run it.
2. Double-click combofix.exe & follow the prompts.
3. When finished, it will produce a log for you. Post that log in your next reply.

Do not click on combofix's window while it's running. That may cause it to stall.

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This is the second time this occurs,and both times were ingame right after 2-3 minutes when launching,GTAV and now with BO2,it just went off and on with the following:

"Power supply surges detected during the previous power on.
Asus Anti-surge was triggered to protect system from unstable power supply unit!
Press F1 to Run Setup"

What could be causing this ?

A:Sudden shutdown "Power supply surges detected during the previous...."

This could be caused by your household power supply suffering from a power surge, or a sudden short power outage.

Your computer PSU (Power Supply Unit) is developing a fault. If your PSU has a separate power switch, usually located at the back of the computer on the PSU, try switching of on & off a few times. Only do this with the computer shut down. Sometimes these switches lose contact through lack of use, so operating them a few times helps.

You need a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply). Google Uninterruptable Power Supplies & see which ones might suit you.

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