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Old January 31st, 2014, 02:29 AM
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Exclamation A little bit of everything is wrong with this

First off just wanted to say Hello to everyone here at CTH. I have a laptop that belongs to my little brother. He brought it to me because it wont boot into windows or linux or whatever he had on here. He said it was dual boot Win8 and Ubuntu 12.04. When he brought it to me it wouldn't boot into either operating system, after the bios screen it reads "No Bootable CD In ATAPI CD-ROM" "Missing operating system". I've tried burning bootable windows install disc,Hiren's boot manager,UBCD to no avail, I get the no bootable error. Even tried making bootable thumb drive of the same but does not boot.I've been at this for about three days now and I want to throw this thing out a window right now! Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 02:48 AM
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I should've also added the laptop is a Toshiba Satellite M45-s2693 with ACPI Bios v. 1.00 That's all the info I have as I cant get into either ubuntu or windows.
I wanted to try using one of my windows install disc' to format the hd but none of them boot up. I just get the no bootable cd in atapi,missing OS error.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 10:39 AM
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Sounds like there is something wrong with both the hard drive and CD/DVD drive.

First thing I'd try is to get into the CMOS/BIOS Setup, reset it to the factory (or safe) defaults, save the changes and exit. Now go back into the CMOS/BIOS Setup and see if the hard drive is listed/detected.

Let us know what you find out ...
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Old January 31st, 2014, 03:27 PM
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Okay I reset the bios settings to default then reboot the bios reports built in hdd=primary ide 1f0h/irq14 , built in odd = secondary ide 170h/irq15. That's all the info it has under drives I/o
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Old January 31st, 2014, 03:28 PM
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Wow. How old is this computer?
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Old January 31st, 2014, 06:55 PM
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It's old but not ancient. It came preloaded with xp.is it not seeing the hard drive or the cdrom?
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Old January 31st, 2014, 11:53 PM
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has it been running win8 long or is it a new install? does the system clock in bios have the correct time? if not, maybe it needs a new bios battery. bad battery will affect what hardware is seen
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Old February 1st, 2014, 06:39 AM
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He said it was a failed install of windows 8 that it never completed. Also the time in the bios is correct. He also mentioned that since he couldn't install win 8 that he just started deleting partitions from within ubuntu. Now I have it and it doesn't detect an Os or boot from cd or use using plop boot manager.
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Old February 1st, 2014, 01:13 PM
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after rereading the other posts, did you reset the boot order to make sure you are booting from the cd and not the harddrive? tell more about the install disks you are using, are they from another computer or what? finally has win8 ever worked because the manufacturer does not have drivers for it so there could be issues with no solution. IMO, win8 will not work on it based on the manufacturers site.
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Old February 1st, 2014, 03:29 PM
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Windows 8 never installed just hung at beginning load screen. I have a couple windows install disc, win xp home and win 7 also I burned the newest hirens, ,Ubcd 4 windows, plop Linux the only thing I haven't tried is a regular Linux distro
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Old February 1st, 2014, 04:02 PM
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Make sure the CD/DVD drive is listed first in the Boot Priority section of the CMOS/BIOS Setup.
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Old February 1st, 2014, 04:12 PM
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It is sorry didn't respond to that question. I also have option of hitting f12 at startup and choose what I want to boot. I'm pretty sure that this laptop is dead
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Old February 1st, 2014, 04:41 PM
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Odd that both drives don't work.

You mentioned you tried a 'bootable thumb drive'. Have you tried booting a different machine from it to make sure that it actually works?

If the laptop is capable of booting from a USB device, do you have an external CD/DVD drive you could try?
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 10:21 AM
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Yes I tried my laptop all the dvd a new direction boot able flash drives work just not on the problem laptop. He said that Linux/ubuntu was working fine till he started deleting partitions
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 10:25 AM
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Sorry I'm using my phone to reply and it auto corrects but yes I've tried all my install disc on my laptop and they boot fine, ,the only thing I could think of is since he was running ubuntu the file system has something to do with it? Maybe
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