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Computer stuck in BIOS after reset? Insert Boot Media 8.1

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    Computer stuck in BIOS after reset? Insert Boot Media 8.1


    I recently reset my Gateway NV52L15u laptop computer in order to empty it out and restart back to factory basics. However, now if I turn it on, it goes straight to BIOS, telling me I need to "Insert Boot Media". I tried using my recovery drive, but that did nothing at all to fix it. Please help me, I need help on how to fix this.

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    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    In order to access the Recovery Manager you must repeatedly tap the F11 key at boot. However, if you have formatted the drive before hand, the recovery partition is gone and you will have to use Recovery Disks hopefully you made when you first got the computer. If no disks, you may be able to order them from the manufacturer.
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    I can't access the Recovery Manager. It automatically goes to the "No Bootable Device, Hit any key." thing.
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    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Do a diagnostic on your hard drive to determine it's status
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    Do you mind explaining real quick how I can do that? Not that amazing with computers.
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    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Sorry, do not know enough about the Gateway testing tools procedure but unless some other member has a better idea, you could download and burn a Hiren's Bootable CD that includes various tools including hard disk diagnostics.
    Hiren's BootCD (free) - Download Latest version in english for Windows on Kioskea
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    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Mike, do you have windows installation media?

    you can download windows 8.1 media here - Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

    go the gateway website and download your system's drivers

    insert windows media into usb or cd/dvd - if it does not boot from the media and you get no media message,

    reboot pc and hit F12 to enter boot menu - select the USB or CD/DVD to boot from (depending)
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Does the BIOS detect that drive and list it? What is set as the first boot device in the BIOS? If it's not that hard drive (windows boot manager), is that drive in the list?
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    I got it fixed. Thanks for the help guys.
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    Posts : 1
    Win 8


    We have the Gateway NV52L15u laptop computer and system recovery discs as well as multiple functioning hard drives. We've successfully recovered this system in the past, but now the boot manager options screen generates without any options. The recovery process discs initialize, but the process stalls out as it can't seem to write to disc. Any thoughts?
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Computer stuck in BIOS after reset? Insert Boot Media 8.1
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