I have searched the forum, and then read MANY threads under the BIOS section, and then hard drive section. I have not been able to find the same set of detrimental factors in other posts, so I have come to the genius squad to help me. I am trying to help my friend, her computer is not functioning, when she turns it on, she does not get a BIOS screen, and then is given the message on a black screen that "no operating system found". Her A drive is busted, but she thinks her cd rom still works. She was running Win2K on it, but since it does not turn on, she cannot retrieve her system information. I told her we could always look at the physical structures and report what type they are, but the only information I know for sure is that her HD is less than 2gb.
Prior to this happening, she said it was having problems previously. Mainly, that it would shut itself off without being instructed to. Then it would take a long time to start windows every now and then.
From reading the forums, I see there are many possibilities, from bad equipment to viruses. Do you have any suggestions, aside from adding it to the scrap metal pile?