I took apart my Gateway 750M to clean it. I took out the Hard Drive, Battery, and cooling fan. I cleaned it with canned compressed air and I was sure not to shake the can while spraying so only air would come out. I got a lot of gunk out of the fan (it was making a weird noise) and I put it back together and fire it up only to get:
Intel® Boot Agent Version 4.1.08
Copyright © 1997-2002, Intel Corperation
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent.
Operating System not found
I changed the boot order in the BIOS so hard drive was first and that just gives me a black screen with a flashing hyphen-cursor in the lop left corner. I put in the windows restore disc and booted from the CD. I selected "format computer" and "yes" to all data being lost. This brought me to the black screen with the hyphen cursor again except the hard drive light notification was on (I don't know the name for the light, the one that comes on when the hard drive is being read...)
I restarted and booted from dos on the disc, and tried to change directories to "C:", that gave me a Bad Command or File Name.
So then I went back to BIOS and looked to see if my Hard Drive was there. and here is what it says:
IDE 0 Master: IC25N040ATMR04-4- (PM)
IDE 1 Master: Slimtype COMBO LSC-24082k- (SM)
I then removed the Hard Drive and went to the BIOS again. I got this:
IDE 0 Master: None
IDE 1 Master: (same as above)
(I am no hardware guru but I'm guessing maybe #0 is my HD and #1 is my cd-rom?)
Booting to the hard drive without the hardrive in gives me the same error as the first one mentioned in my post.
I'm at a major loss here. I don't care if I lose the data on my HD... But I'm afraid I damaged the HD somehow (Or even worse: some other part that I don't know). anyone have a solution for me?