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Old 09-25-2014, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I was on my laptop this morning surfing the web when the computer froze up and it appeared the hard drive was working. (light was on as if it was searching for something)

I got a black screen that said "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected drive".
This is a four year old computer and has been working fine up until this point. The only new software I have added in the past month is a new video driver from Nvidia about four days ago.

Any suggestions? I didn't try rebooting since I had to leave for work.
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Old 09-25-2014, 12:25 PM
 
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First guess would be the hard drive died. Determine the brand, download their diagnostic utility that creates a bootable CD, and test the drive. Could be something else but that's the most likely cause.
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Old 09-25-2014, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I appreciate the help.
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Old 09-26-2014, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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Hmmmm, I went home last night and started up the computer with no problems other than it had cleared my browser history (passwords and user names). I wonder if the hard drive is in the process of failing?
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Old 09-26-2014, 12:38 PM
 
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That or the cable connection between it and the motherboard is flaky. Disconnecting then reconnecting the cable ends can fix that kind of problem.
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Old 09-26-2014, 12:57 PM
 
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Hmmmm, I went home last night and started up the computer with no problems other than it had cleared my browser history (passwords and user names). I wonder if the hard drive is in the process of failing?
No way to tell unless you test it.
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Old 09-26-2014, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Hmmmm, I went home last night and started up the computer with no problems other than it had cleared my browser history (passwords and user names). I wonder if the hard drive is in the process of failing?
Also possible that the SATA port / controller on the MB is going.
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