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#1 pumpkin86

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 10:14 PM

when i turn on my computer, it shows a black page that says error loading operting system. what does this mean and how do i fix it?

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 10:18 PM

Is that all it says on the page?

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 10:20 PM

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 10:28 PM

Try this. Insert your Windows XP CD into the CD drive, and then restart the computer. Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD drive if you are prompted. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.

Type: chkdsk /r

It's important to have a space before the "/".

To exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer, type exit at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
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Posted 10 June 2008 - 10:38 PM

i dont have the cdrom at the moment, is there anything i can do without it?

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 11:57 PM

Can you get into Safe Mode?

How to start Windows in Safe Mode

If you can get to the Safe Mode menu, select the option "Last Known Good Configuration".
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 12:16 AM

i tried that it dont work it goes to the a black screen that says error loading operating system

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 01:00 AM

You may be able to create your own Recovery Console disk. If you search on the internet you should be able to locate the rc.iso file and download it. If you burn this to a CD, as an .iso, you can use that CD to boot your computer and run chkdsk.
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 01:40 AM

could it be that my hard drive is messed up?

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 01:50 AM

could it be that my hard drive is messed up?

Yes, it could be. You can check the status of your hard drive by going to the website of the drive's manufacturer and downloading their diagnostic test.
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 01:57 PM

i cant go to any websites to check my hard drive cause right when i turn my computer on it goes right to a black screen that says error loading operating system

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:41 PM

Use...someone else's...system to download.

If you don't know anyone else with a system, that's a problem.

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 04:15 PM

If you know the make and model of your computer, or the manufacturer of your hard drive, post back and we'll try and find the diagnostic for you. It will create a bootable CD that you can use to boot the problem computer and run the hard drive test.
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Posted 12 June 2008 - 09:01 AM

You can download a recovery console ISO from here: http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.iso
You'll need an ISO burner in order to burn the ISO to a CD and make it bootable.

Once you've run chkdsk /r as Budapest has suggested, also run:
"fixmbr" and "fixboot" (without the quotes).

If you continue to get the exact same error after this, then I'd suggest you download a bootable diagnostic utility from the manufacturer of your hard drive and test it thoroughly.
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