I tried removing the battery before I made this thread and it didn't work. However, I did not try to turn the computer on while it was absent.

I did boot with a Windows install disc, and everything is as I left it. The only problem is my computer won't let me select the drive as a boot device.

I believe I have found the problem, although I still have no idea on how to fix it. The drive is protected by an Admin Password in the BIOS. I can't select it as a boot device because I don't know the password. Are there any suggestions for removing the password, or any defaults I could try?

DaMoose75 Newbie Poster

I am facing quite the predicament. The computer I am currently using will not boot because, as the title says, there is "no boot device found." When I check the BIOS settings, however, the HDD is recognized under the "Drives" menu. The only problem is that it is not recognized in the list of boot devices.

I have tried to change settings, but there is an unknown Administrator password in place. I tried removing the CMOS battery, messing with the jumper, etc. all to no avail.

This computer has had a problem with an HDD before. When I first came to own it, the hard drive was simply broken and useless. The one I am currently using is fairly new. (I installed it at Christmas time, 2012) I haven't had any problems with it until now. There is a Windows 7 installation on it, and I know it works. It was operational only just last week.

A few more tidbits of information about the machine:

XPS 210

BIOS revision: 2.4.0

HDD: Barracuda Es.2 SATA

I would greatly appreciate suggestions anyone might have about getting this thing working again. (Removing the BIOS admin password would be a bonus.) Why is the drive recognized as a working device connected to the machine's interface, but not as a bootable device when there is an OS installation on it? Once again, any help would be most appreciated.

I'm not confident that I set up the connection correctly in Puppy. I'm rather inexperienced with Linux, and the tool I used to configure the connection seemed like it only expected networks that broadcast their SSID.

I tried Puppy and I can't even set up a connection. I forgot to mention something that may be important earlier: my SSID isn't broadcasted. It has to be typed in to set up a new connection. When I try this with Puppy, I have no success.

I tried booting Ubuntu 12.04 from disc, and the machine wasn't able to handle it. I'll have to try a version with lower system requirements.

Do you just need to display a truncated number, or actually change the value?

anukavi commented: i need to display the truncated numbers only. +0

I'm guessing there's not much else I can do besides leave the computer unconnected?

I tried a different adapter, and the same thing happened. This adapter has also worked in computers other than this one on this network.

Unfortunately, I can't change anything about my router. It's provided by my cable company, and they don't even let me mess around with the configuration page. Also, the drivers for the network adapter are up-to-date.

DaMoose75 Newbie Poster

I have a troubling problem. I have a Dell Dimension 4600 that seems to be compromising my wireless network at home. It is running Windows XP with SP3 and it can connect to the network. However, whenever I try to download anything, or click a link, all computers connected to the network are disconnected. (Including the Dell) It is using a Rosewill RNX-G300LX PCI wireless card. I have no clue what the problem is. The card behaves fine in every computer it will fit in other than this specific one. Any suggestions?

[QUOTE=Ancient Dragon;1576274]The problem is your WinProc() is incorrect. Change it to the one shown in that tutorial link I posted and your program works.[/QUOTE]

MSDN said something about this function interacting with the window procedure, I just wans't looking hard enough in my code. Thank you so much to everyone! I'm back on track to making games now!

[QUOTE=Ancient Dragon;1576183]Have you read [URL="http://winprog.org/tutorial/simple_window.html"]this tutorial[/URL]?[/QUOTE]

I used his code, and still, my only problem is the failure of CreateWindow(), or CreateWindowEx(), rather.

DaMoose75 Newbie Poster

I have a problem with this simple Win32 application I am trying to make. As you can tell by the title, the function CreateWindow() always returns 0, which indicates failure. Here is my code.


int MessageLoop()
MSG msg;
ZeroMemory(&msg, sizeof(MSG));

while (GetMessage(&msg, 0, 0, 0))

return msg.wParam;

HINSTANCE hPrevInstance,
LPSTR lpCmdLine,
int nShowCmd)
if (!MakeAWindow(hInstance, nShowCmd))
MessageBox(0, "Window Creation -- Failed", "Error", MB_OK);
return 0;

return MessageLoop();


bool MakeAWindow(HINSTANCE appInstance,int show)


wc.style         = CS_HREDRAW | CS_VREDRAW;
wc.lpfnWndProc   = WndProc;
wc.cbClsExtra    = 0;
wc.cbWndExtra    = 0;
wc.hInstance     = appInstance;
wc.hIcon         = LoadIcon(0,IDI_APPLICATION);
wc.hCursor       = LoadCursor(0,IDC_ARROW);
wc.hbrBackground = static_cast<HBRUSH>(GetStockObject(BLACK_BRUSH));
wc.lpszMenuName  = 0;
wc.lpszClassName = "wc";

if (!RegisterClass(&wc))
    MessageBox(0, "Failed to register the window class", "Windows Sucks!", 0);
    return false;

MainWindow = CreateWindow("wc",

if(MainWindow == NULL)
    ::MessageBox(0,"Function CreateWindow() Failed",0,0);
    return false;

::ShowWindow(MainWindow, show);

return true;




        if (wParam == VK_ESCAPE )
            return 0;

        return 0;


return DefWindowProc(MainWindow, msg, wParam, lParam);



Does anyone have any ideas as to why this will not work? I have searched for a while and cannot think of anything. I need some new eyes on this code.

  1. No closer than before. :(
  1. Surely someone can win this thing...

opera singing snail

girl that hasn't seen the sun in an outrageously long time.

810 Am i starting a comeback?

ok, thanks for your time, but i fixed the problem. I just had to enable DHCP. Again,thanks for your time, and sorry for wasting.

I understand what your poking at. You mean a configuration page. I have actually tried this , and apparently wireless connectivity was enabled. I disabled/re-enabled it and nothing changed. I really don't know what I'm missing. As a side note, AT&T tech support is more vague than you thought your comment was in my opinion. Good idea, by the way!

DaMoose75 Newbie Poster

I have a 2WIRE router supplied by AT&T that I have been having problems with. I can connect to the internet with an Ethernet cable, but not wirelessly. Every LED light is on and green besides the wireless light. I have tried power cycling it, and that didn't solve anything. I'm fairly sure the connection type is set to PPPoE. It is plugged into DSL without one of the splitters supplied by AT&T. I am at a loss, does anybody have some suggestions?

DBAN failed... I've given up. Thanks to all who replied. Your ideas were wonderful, and you're all so nice. I appreciate it greatly.

Ok, correction -- I placed a jumper on the "Limit capacity to 32 Gbs" setting, and now the drive can be recognized. I know you said that shouldn't matter, but that's how it happened. I still haven't been able to format the drive though, but something in the back of my head keeps saying "Don't stop, it'll work." I also have my IDE optical drive as master on the secondary IDE controller. Can you boot with the FAT32 format? As a side note, I plan to make this a dual boot drive with XP and Ubuntu.

I have come to a new developement, the drive's ability to be recognized has been restored. I just put a jumper on it to configure it as "master". Of course, this doesn't put us much further ahead than before, but I can start firing away with more formatting tools. Another question, what exactly does Boot 'n' Nuke do?

I'm not so sure the drive is completely dead, because BIOS still recognizes it. (Even though nothing else will). But as you said, these things only seem to work in perfect condition. I'm sort of at a loss on this one...

Still nothing. Do you think that maybe the MBR got messed up when it "fixed" the bad sectors?

Please don't leave out any options for me under the barriers of data security. As far as I'm concerned, there is nothing on this disk of value. I've never actually been able to see what's on it, for goodness' sake! Every bit of data I feel like keeping is on my smaller (master) IDE disk.

I must say that is quite a disappointment. Of course, I did get this drive for free.
I'm not sure if the drive worked on my friends computer or not. We just take "junk"
computers that people give us because they woud have thrown them out anyways; and
salvage parts from them. He gave me the drive, and I've been trying to restore it ever since.