[nSLUG] Used laptop hard drive with no boot sector

Frank Geitzler frank.geitzler at ns.sympatico.ca
Wed Apr 24 00:30:35 ADT 2013

Thanks to all the NSLUG members who replied.  The reason you didn't
receive my original message is that I sent it first to the Halifax
Computer Club members, as that club (of which Jack W. and I are both
members) meets Wednesday evening, April 24th and I had planned to 'touch
base' with them first.  I plan to get the laptop working, and pass it
along to my daughter in Truro.  The system was originally a Windows
machine, and my daughter is only familiar with Windows, so on the KISS
principle we will stick with that for the present.  I have the WinXP
system disk.
With regard to the CD drive, I am unfamiliar with the Dell, and have
since discovered that it had both a CD drive (on the left side, which
apparently doesn't work) and a DVD drive on the front.  The setup screen
lists only a single, CD, drive, and at the time of my post I just hadn't
noticed the other one.  I have since been able to boot both CD and DVD
Ubuntu Live disks in the DVD drive.

On Tue, 2013-04-23 at 22:43 -0300, D G Teed wrote:
> You can try either F11 or F12 to get to boot options for that
> particular boot up.
> A common problem is the Live CD is burned as a 
> data CDROM, placing the ISO image file there as
> a file rather than using the image.  The CDROM burning software
> must have a burning option refering to "Burn ISO Image" or similar
> to make the correct bootable format.  Some software
> is missing this option.
>         Frank Geitzler wrote:
>                 I was given a used Dell laptop with a 40GB hard
>                 drive.  Unfortunately,
>                 when I powered it on, I received the message "No boot
>                 sector on hard
>                 disk -No bootable devices -strike F1 to retry boot, F2
>                 for setup
>                 utility".  I attempted to boot the system with a
>                 Ubuntu Live CD, but
>                 received the same result -even after changing the
>                 Setup to specify
>                 booting first from the CD/ROM.  Does this mean that
>                 the hard drive must
>                 be replaced, or is there a way to replace the boot
>                 sector?  If it can be
>                 replaced, can anyone tell me how?
>                 Thanks,
>                 Frank Geitzler
>         -- 
>         Jack Warkentin, phone 902-404-0457, email jwark at bellaliant.net
>         39 Inverness Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3P 1X6
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