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AST Ascentia VL Laptop.  No Hard drive found on booting

Posted on 2003-11-22
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I have an AST Ascentia VL Series laptop, Model No 503642-002.  On booting it states it cannot find operating system.

On entering Bios no HHD is shown, just CD Rom Drive.

I can see the A:/ and D:/ drives in DOS

I have been on the ARI website, and although I found the model featured it gave no info.

Any ideas how I can breath life back into the machine.  There is no valuable data involved

Thanks for the help.  

Brian
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Did you go to www.ari-service.com ? That's where the old AST's are....

Anyway, this sounds like a dead hard drive. You should scout for a replacement. For this type of machine a used 2.5" drive may be the best option.

Of course you could try esetting the BIOS, or even flashing it, but even disregarding the risk involved with flashing I'd recommend against it as this is very probably a case of dead HD.

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