No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key. Please help

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Georgio96

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Ok so when and turn my laptop on i immediately get this error message. (No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key) The laptop i have is a Packard Bell Easynote TK87. I dont have a boot disk and on multiple occasions have tried to download them and burn them to a disk but it never works so if you know an alternative solution then please can you help me.
 

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This usually happens when the BIOS "forgets" (like a dead motherboard/BIOS battery) the drive configuration OR when the actual hard drive becomes corrupted or defective.

Check your BIOS and ensure the proper boot device is selected and enabled.
 

Georgio96

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(Sorry im a noob in this area) I know how to access the BIOS but what should i do in the BIOS? (You will have to explain in detail as i am new to this sort of thing) :(
 

Georgio96

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No, i had it repaired for a different error code a few months ago and they put in a new hard drive and reinstalled windows, so I didn't think i would face another HDD problem so soon...
 

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What else did they replace, if anything (other than the HDD)?
 

Georgio96

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Nothing they did want to replace the graphics card but i told them not to because i was sure that they were trying to squeeze more money out of me and i was right when i got the laptop back the graphics card worked.
 

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Ok, so i am now burning it to a disk i am using active ISO burner that will work right? And when it has burnt i should set my primary boot device to my CD drive correct?
 

Georgio96

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Ok i tried this by manually selecting a boot device and it gave me (ISOLINUX 5.01 2013-01-28 ETCDisolinux: Disk error 04, AX = 4235, drive FE
 

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Meaning it started to read the DVD and then failed. I am starting to wonder if the on-board SATA controller is the issue here since the DVD drive and the HDD are acting oddly.

If it were me, I would disassemble the system to make sure that the drive cables/connections were properly seated.

Do you have any other bootable CDs or DVDs that you have access to just to check out the optical drive?
 

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You really need to take in the shop or to a very knowledgeable friend. This could be the motherboard, the DVD/HDD cables, or even a defective HDD. This really sounds like a physical issue that requires a physical exam and possible fix.

Sorry.
 

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Without knowing the specific "fix" it is hard to say. At a minimum, you will pay for an hour of bench time (price for that varies from $50 USD to $100 USD) to disassemble and examine for loose connections.

Worst case could be replacement of the motherboard. If that is the case, it might be cheaper to get a new system.

Are you in the UK?
 
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