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Upon Boot-Up "No operating system found.

I have an older IBM Netvista P3.  The computer was working fine, I powered it down one night, turned it back on in the morning and now during boot-up I get the following error:

1962 No Operating System Found.  Press F1 to repeat boot sequence

There is an archaic picture of a floppy disk being inserted into a drive.  Is my HD dead or did my OS just get wiped?

What would be the cause of this?
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this could be a several things....

first thing is to see if the disk is being found by the computer.... when the system boots, do you see the disk listed in the disks found (as in, primary master, etc)?
if you don't see this, then you can go into the bios (cmos set up by pressing F1 or DEL at the bios screen) and see if you can detect the disk. while in the cmos set up, check on the devices that are set to boot and in what order they are set to boot. this might be a problem if the computer is set to boot from something that doesn't have an operating system to boot. either A or C should be the first (and second) boot devices. even though the computer was booting fine before, sometimes the bios settings can be changed if the cmos battery is dead or dying.
if the disk can't be detected you can also try attaching the disk to another controller or using different cables. so... if the disk can't be detected then you know that the problem is centered around the disk.

if the disk is detected then most likely it's a software problem.

you can try a few things in that situation. even though you didn't get a message that ntldr or any other file is missing, you can try to boot to the os by copying ntldr, boot.ini, and ntdetect from another windows 2000 computer (this is win 2k right? ) unto a floppy and try booting with that floppy. be sure the computer has a similar set up in terms of the os's , for example, copy boot.ini from another win2k computer that has the default operating system on the first disk, first partition. see what happens...

if that doesn't work then you can boot from the windows 2000 installation cd and use the recovery console to see if you can find or log onto your operating system.
if you can find and log onto your operating system from the recovery console, then there is hope in sight. through the console you can use the chkdsk command to check and repair the disk for physical errors. also, if you can find and log onto the operating system you can try using the emergency repair process later.

if you can't find a os with the recovery console, most likely the disk is not running well. if you have another computer available, attach the problem disk to that computer as a slave and see if you can read from the disk.... if you can't read ANYTHING from the disk, then you can use the disk as a paper weight or a door stop :-)

try these things as first steps and then post the results.....
boboskipsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your comprehensive response.  When the computer was booting up the disk was not found.  So I am assuming it was a hardware problem.  I then tried to set the HD as a slave in a working computer and it was not detected.

I'm gonig to opt for a paper weight ;)~

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