My Emachines laptop (model M622-UK8X) has a big problem:
The other night I put it to sleep lid down (with no programs or anything open), Later the next afternoon I opened it and clicked the mouse to wake it up, but it was all the way off (?why?), so I had to re-start it.
So I did, but it got really messy during the boot seq black screen.
The hdd is 4th in the boot seq.- Not by choice! Somehow now the BIOS won't allow changes to the boot order, access denied, it says talk to the sys admin. geez...
I don't know if that's a new thing. I have looked at the bios, but never tried changing anything. If it is new, I'm guessing that
it's not good...
Anyway, the boot order is-
1) USB, 2) USB, 3) DVD-ROM, 4) HDD, 5) Network.
When trying to boot it went past the first 2 (USBs) as it should have, since there is no bootable USB device connected, then it looked confused, went right past the HDD (ignoring the OS installed upon it), and hung on DHCP (trying to boot from Network nodoubt), all eventually resulting in the glorious message- "No Operating System found". All still on the boot (black) screen. You can get no further. No safe mode available to a non-existent OS, (not there as far as the computer is concerned anyway), WinXP was working great the night before. I am stuck here, lost for now...
To say I'm very upset would be an understatement! I did nothing different from what I usually do! It went from WORKING JUST FINE to NO BOOT in 6 hours? While Sleeping/Off (yeah, again, why was it OFF, when I had put it to SLEEP?)?
Any ideas? I'm using Win XP SP3, IE7, Comodo firewall & System Cleaner, Avast A-V, Spybot S+D, Super Anti-Spyware, CCloeaner. And a secure router. No recent program installations, just ran full system spyware/virus scan with good results. Really, I think I used Yahoo mail, MyYahoo, YahooGroups, and a Virtual (online) telescope site that night.
Not much, I didn't do much but email...
Seems like it could be anything from a bad HDD (always monitored w/ SpeedFan, recently defrqaged, 15 gigs of 80 free), to a virus?! Really, this was totally out of the blue, not even a whisper of a hint that when I closed the laptop it would not wake up!
Something in the boot sector of the hd?But how to know? A direction to go? Any help MUCH appreciated & thanks in advance!! I'm trying to check here daily, but I'm borrowin' time now,maybe there's a disc I can download online to fix the thing or get into files at least, to burn what I can? Much is backed up, but the past couple of months have been... busy. Would a Bart's boot
disc help me?