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A Lovely Start Up Problem (possible Hard Drive Crash?)

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#1 Mr.Frigg


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Posted 03 October 2008 - 10:55 PM

My fathers computer has recently crapped out on him, so , as I have the only internet capable machine in the house, its up to me to find a solution.
Firstly when the computer is turned on it boot straight to a black screen that asks me to boot from CD . It also lists the components of the machine by number, function , vendor/device class and IRQ. It also make a beeping sound (similar to the "I can't find my HD" sound i have herd other comps make IE my own)
I have run the check function and the repair function from my windows disk , neither has had any affect. I am wondering , given the symptoms i have offered, is it not possible that the hard drive ( he has only one ) has died ? or at least can not be detected ? any help would greatly be appreciated.

Any questions will be answered very quickly so feel free to ask .

Thank you for your time in advance.


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#2 dc3


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Posted 04 October 2008 - 12:15 AM

Most hdd manufacturers have a diagnostic tool that you can download and boot from to test the hdd. I would find out who makes yours and go to their web site and use their tool.

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#3 hamluis



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Posted 04 October 2008 - 08:27 AM

I'd consider replacing the CMOS battery, as a way of removing that from consideration.

The booting of the system relates directly to the boot options reflected in the BIOS..it would be useful if we knew exactly what message appears on this black screen you see when you boot.


#4 ice2921


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Posted 04 October 2008 - 09:19 AM

What are the specifications of your computer? How many beeps are you hearing? Are you receiving any errors? Are you hearing any strange sounds from within the computer?

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