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Computer won't boot up all of a sudden


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#1 hellasweet

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 03:25 PM

When I boot up my comp, it gets to the "verifying DMIpool data" screen and then says "cannot load boot disk. Install system disk". So I put in the Windows XP (Original store bought copy, not a bootleg or anything). Once the windows xp disk spools up, it gives me the options of installing windows , repairing windows, or a third option which I didnt look at. I choose repair but it then says that there is no hard drive installed on my computer. what the heck is going on? Oh, and one more thing: the keyboard wont work on some boot up attempts, so i am not able to scroll down on the setup bios menus.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 04:03 PM

See here: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000474.htm

I'd start with testing your hard drive...

Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.

NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately, you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide any diagnostic tool.

As for keyboard issue....is it USB keyboard?

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 04:22 PM

I am in the process of reading over your advice and acting on it. As for the keyboard, yes, it a USB keyboard

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 04:35 PM

If you have PS/2 port on your computer, try PS/2 keyboard.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 04:42 PM

Ok, I restored system defaults in the BIOS menu, and still nothing happens. It still says "Disk Boot Failure". Does this mean my hard drive is done for? The hard drive has been a little messed up for some time now, for example, when windows would start, I would get the "could not find mom.exe..." and i heard that is a bad sign.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 04:44 PM

If I do have to re-install XP onto a new HD, how do I do that when windows is still installed on my old, fried HD? I don't think it will let me install it when its still on my old hd.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 04:48 PM

You don't know yet, if your HDD is fried.
Run the test.

If I do have to re-install XP onto a new HD, how do I do that when windows is still installed on my old, fried HD?

To install Windows on new hard drive, you need either Windows XP CD, or recovery CD. There is no other option.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 05:18 PM

Ok, I downloaded the tool. So all i have to do is put it on a disk, put it in the disk drive and it'll do it's thing? Because I dont have a desktop to click on stuff, im totally disabled and stuck with just messing with BIOS menus.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 05:23 PM

Make sure to use ImgBurn to burn the CD, so the CD will be bootable.
Put the CD in and restart computer.
At some point, you'll see:
Press any key to boot from CD

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 05:30 PM

Do I download DOS floppy, DOS CD or "for windows"?

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 05:32 PM

Who is your drive manufacturer?

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 05:32 PM

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 05:35 PM

Download this: Data Lifeguard Diagnostic v5.04c for DOS (CD) (June 2004)

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 05:47 PM

Ok, I click on that link and it takes me to the WD site that has a whole list of its products. I choose mine, Caviar SATA SE SE16II and it takes me to a screen that wants me to choose which one to download, dos floppy, dos cd or lifeguard diagnostic for windows. which one am i supposed to choose?

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 05:56 PM

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