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W98 Operating System not found on dell 7500 laptop - Fan not working

Hello guys,

I have Dell Inspirion 7500 laptop with W98 which is very old. Suddenly I got a black screen w/operating system not found. When I rebooted it's making a loud buzzing sound and at times when rebooting on several occasions I get two different messages 1. operating system not found and 2. pc unexpectedly shutdown due to hardware/software problems do you want to start in safe mode, safe mode w/networkng etc. I thought it might be a HD problem but when I inspected the laptop the fan is not working! Could this be the problem. Please let me know what I can do. Much appreciated!

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It could be overheating.
I would suggest removing the hard drive and using either a USB to 2.5"" IDE converter to access the data, or getting a 2.5" to 3.5" IDE  adapater so that you can plug it in to any desktop as a slave drive ( instead of a CDROM or jumper as slave )

I would also download the Maint. manual from Dell and see if you want to open it up and try to replace/ clean the fan.

I hope this helps !
Yes. As SysExpert said, overheating of a CPU can gives scores of error messages. Replacing the system fan will bring the system back to working condition.

as said, first get the fans working.
then you can test the disk by booting from the ubcd, and select the correct disk diag :
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alexmdzAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys much appreciation for your time and patience. I will keep you posted. Laters I gotta get to work. Peace.
"Very old" laptops aren't always depending on the fan for normal operation. What you hear at bootup is probably initial spin-up of a fan with bad bearings, so the cooling issue should of course be investigated, but it is by no means certain that the fan should be running all the time. Lubricating the bearings could be a good thing.

As suggested above, check the hard drive.
alexmdzAuthor Commented:
Ran Dell Diagnostics Utility and all passed including fan except for the HDD so I believe the HD is gone let me know what you all thinkg. Thanks agan.

Test Errors
IDE Disk 0 - Seek Test                                     : Fail
  Status: Fail  Status Code: DOS DDG-D DISK 040 040
  Device: IDE_Disk_0  Test: Seek_Test
  Release: 1035 Module(s): Disk
  Msg: IDE device failed: Timeout waiting for drive not busy.
If you need data off the drive and it still spins, you might want to try the refridgeration/ freeze method, and use an adapter ( either USB or IDE ) to try to get data off.

good Luck
alexmdzAuthor Commented:
Thanks Sys that's what I'll do. Thanks for everything. Laters!
alexmdzAuthor Commented:

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