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Disk boot failure, AFTER Windows XP reformat


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#1 catnapgood

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:27 PM

Heya, guys.

 

My computer had been acting sluggish with quite a few errors these past few months. Occasional blue screens, graphic card errors when attempting to run games, etc. So, I came to the conclusion that it was just time for a reformat.

 

(Prior to the reformat I experience no errors regarding booting. -EXCEPT- Maybe two times with which I received NTLDR missing. And, of course fixing this just required restarting the PC.)

 

I backed up all my essential data to a thumbdrive. Put in the XP Home Installation CD. And, allowed it to clean format the pre-existing partition. 

 

Once it finished working it began to boot to Windows, and it got BSoD. Not fun. 

 

I ignored this and restarted the PC. And on boot, receiving NTLDR missing once again.

 

I restarted my computer maybe 5 times assuming it was just a fluke. After which I reset CMOS remembering that I had OCed my Pentium4 a tad. (Only 10-20MHz,)

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After restarting CMOS, I do NOT receive NTLDR missing error. Now I get this:

 

Verifying DMI Pool Data..... Update Sucess

Boot from CD:

 

Intel® Boot Agent FE v4.10

Copyright © 1997-2003, Intel Corporation

 

CLIENT MAC ADDR: 00 0C 76 62 97 69    GUID: FFFFFFFF FFFF FFFF FFFF FFFFFFFFFFFF

PXE-E53: No boot filename received

 

PXE-M0F: Exiiting Intel Boot Agent.

DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

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I asked my Father about this briefly before he had to leave. (This was his old PC back from 2003-2010, It is a very old computer) He said he had never ran into that error before. 

 

I altered boot sequence, so that CDROM got first priority, then HD.

 

He mentioned that I should resecure cables, and then reformat again in case something went wrong in the prior formatting.

 

Are there any diagnostic tools I can use to check on the health of my HDD? If by some psychic force I backed up all my data right before my HD decided to fail on me and reformatting again just produces the same error message. 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the assistance~!

I will update this topic as I work.



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#2 hamluis

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 03:53 PM

In addition to running the appropriate hard drive diagnostic (available at the website of the respective hard drive manufacturer)...I would replace the CMOS battery.  Your PXE error message is a common symptom that the system has reverted to trying to boot from a network...which is the default setting for many OEM systems.

 

You might also disconnect and reconnect the hard drive...to ensure that it's not just a matter of loose cables.

 

I would disconnect/reconnect,,,prior to replacing CMOS battery or running the diagnostic.

 

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:17 PM

Thank you, Hamluis. I'll try your recommendations now.






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