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#1 AMD010

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 05:47 PM

i get the a disk read error occurred press ctrl alt del to restart message when i startup my computer. when i put the xp disk it boots fine. this started happening when i dual booted xp and vista. i decided to switch back to XP. so i removed the boot loader and restored the original settings via a tool i downloaded. then i reinstalled windows XP, it still gave me the same error. then i used fixmbr in the repair console. still didnt work what should i do next?

i am using windows xp pro sp2 with all updates..
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 02:15 AM

Hello AMD010,

You said you tried the fixmbr command. Did you also try fixboot?

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 05:30 AM

This could be a symptom of a hard drive that's preparing to fail on you.

First, backup everything that's important to you to some sort of removable media.

Then try running "chkdsk /f /r" from the Run dialog. It'll ask to run at the next reboot, select Yes and then reboot.

Also, you can download a free diagnostic utility from the manufacturer of your hard drive (most offer this) and test your hard drive to see if it is failing.

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 01:29 PM

Hello AMD010,

You said you tried the fixmbr command. Did you also try fixboot?

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This could be a symptom of a hard drive that's preparing to fail on you.

First, backup everything that's important to you to some sort of removable media.

Then try running "chkdsk /f /r" from the Run dialog. It'll ask to run at the next reboot, select Yes and then reboot.

Also, you can download a free diagnostic utility from the manufacturer of your hard drive (most offer this) and test your hard drive to see if it is failing.



i tried using fixboot-didnt work

i also ran Wester digital diagnostics tool that came with my hard drive and it passed.

i will now try the chkdsk
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 02:20 PM

nope tried the chkdsk and it came back clean? now what
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 03:10 PM

When you ran the Western Digital test, was a quick test or the full scan, which would take an hour or so?
The problem you're having sounds like a hard drive error since a Windows reinstallation should have worked fine, except then it shouldn't be passing the hard drive tests.

When you did the XP reinstall, was it a full reinstall? Format the drive/partition first, start clean?
You could also try the Bootcfg /rebuild process, though I don't know if it would help you much.

Only other thing I can think of is make sure the hard drive is still in the proper boot sequence and the computer isn't trying to boot off of a blank floppy or something dumb like that.
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 03:51 PM

when i ran the test it was a full scan it took a while.

i did do a full reinstall format/partition/install..i will try the bootcfg

i checked the boot sequence, its set to boot to the cd rom other wise windows wont boot because it uses the disk to start windows.

i will double check everything though.

Thanks
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 04:14 PM

sweet not exactly which one of these steps ended up working but ended up reseting the bios. and double checking everything again. now it boots fine with out the XP cd

Thanks everyone for there help.
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