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My PC Won't Boot Up!


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#1 akatonbo

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 05:28 PM

I Need Help Please!!


My PC was working perfectly before, shut it down normally, then next morning it would not boot up. These are the specs:


HP d4100y 3GB PC2-4200 RAM
Win XP Home SP3
Phoenix Bios
Samsung SP1614 160GB HD
Sony DVD-RW


No recovery discs, but the HD has the recovery files on partition D


When started, the lights and fan go on as normal, but then the BIOS screen appears, and I must either go into Set-up or
try to boot Windows. If I choose any type of boot up, normal or safe-mode or with a command prompt, after about 2
seconds the whole BIOS screen comes back again. If I try getting into the Recovery Console, I instantly get a Blue Screen
saying that loading Windows has been aborted with the error message:
0x0000007B (0xF78D2524 0xC0000034 0x00000000 0x00000000)
I can't try running a check like CHKDSK /F since I can't get any command prompt.

The BIOS lists the HD, so it is being detected...I can't figure this out!!


Please help!!
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Edited by akatonbo, 22 August 2009 - 05:29 PM.


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#2 Budapest

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 06:20 PM

Try running some hardware diagnostic tests:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...product=500981#
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 10:49 PM

Thank you...THANK YOU for the reply.

I tried getting the program, put it on CD, and set the BIOS for the CD to be the Primary Boot. But I still
get stuck with the BIOS screen -- try to get it to boot and it doesn't work. I also tried a diagnostic program in
the BIOS to test the HD and it passed -- suggesting it is not a hardware failure issue.

PLEASE help -- this has me stumped.

Many thx.

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 03:18 PM

Hi There akatonbo!

Go here: http://www.cybertechhelp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=156593

And read this thread in its entirety; see if their problem is your problem and if it it is, try what they did.

hope this helps!

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 02:16 AM

Thanks for the reponse...I went through the thread above...it is the exact same error message as what I have,
but when I look into my BIOS my HD is already set at RAID and not AHCI. But since other people fixed their
issues and it wasn't a dead HD causing the problem...it must be something else...like a corrupted boot sector
or device driver or something...but how can you fix this?!?


TIA!

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 02:28 AM

If it was a corrupted boot sector or device driver you should still be able to boot from a CD.
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Posted 25 August 2009 - 12:17 PM

Well...then I need a CD.....kinda weird how the recovery files are on the HD and then
you can't do anything with them if you can't access the drive...

I have not been sitting down though...I have been looking through the forums and
trying to read up on more research....I think there was some post somewhere that
I could download a boot CD...?

Edited by akatonbo, 25 August 2009 - 12:18 PM.


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Posted 25 August 2009 - 04:51 PM

Hi, I use this boot cd works a treat http://www.free-av.com/en/products/12/avir...cue_system.html
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Posted 25 August 2009 - 05:42 PM

You can create your own Recovery Console disk with this file:

http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.iso

You must burn this file to a CD as an ISO. Post back if you need more information on how to do this.
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Posted 26 August 2009 - 03:17 AM

Hi,

Thanks for the suggestions.

Well the free-av file didn't work, but the computerparamedic one did boot up...so now
I have a recovery console with a command line prompt. The first thing I did was run
CHKDSK and in 1 second it said "the volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems".
Does this mean the drive is dead? What else should I try with the command line?
Thx vry much.

Edited by akatonbo, 26 August 2009 - 03:20 AM.


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Posted 26 August 2009 - 04:08 AM

Type this:

chkdsk /r
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Posted 26 August 2009 - 06:20 AM

when I look into my BIOS my HD is already set at RAID


I may be barking up the wrong tree here ... but I have read and re-read your posts, and feel compelled to question this observed setting.

Surely your hard drive should not be configured as "RAID". It should be configured as an ATA drive (ATA mode or ATA compatible).

Would you please check this, and if inclined, report the detail of how the hard drive is configured in BIOS.

Edit: Yes, I did read the linked article, and understood the BIOS settings there .... but wonder if the options in your BIOS are set out similarly or perhaps may be different.

Edited by AustrAlien, 26 August 2009 - 06:25 AM.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 12:30 PM

Hi again,

Budapest: I should have been clearer - I tried chkdsk /r and got the result as I wrote above

AustrAlien - There are 3 setting I can make for the drive - IDE, RAID and AHCI -- can't be IDE
since there is no place for an IDE hookup. But I switched it to AHCI, but only get the same
result.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 01:28 PM

The IDE setting is what you want.

That means that a SATA drive will be treated as an IDE drive, which avoids the necessity of loading SATA drivers when installing XP.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 02:56 AM

:thumbsup: OH MY GOD YOU FIXED IT !!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!! :flowers:

I don't know WHY the settings got screwed up somehow...but I was able to boot up into Windows without any trouble!

But what would cause such a thing? And is my drive going to run a lot slower than it should this way?

At any rate, it looks like now I don't have to haul this thing to the repair shop and pay minimum 100 bucks
for them to even open the thing up! So thanks to all!!! :trumpet:




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