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Dell Dimension 4300 Operating system loading problem


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#1 mystic12

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:19 AM

This desktop suddenly stopped booting to windows [XP], after the logon screen it showed an error message suggesting the hard drive's files be backed up and the hard drive replaced. i first tried to run Puppy Linux Boot CD to see if the HDD was indeed the problem, Puppy started loading but would take forever to load so I put in another HDD and attempted to reload XP but on the "installing windows" screen it showed "39 minutes remaining" but after a few hours it was still showing that time, I tried installing another copy of XP, same deal, I then tried another HDD and same situation so I am guessing that this is not a HDD problem? If so, any ideas why any OS whether XP or Linux is taking forever to load please?



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:25 AM

My first guess would be a bad CD/DVD drive since Puppy took forever.



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:26 AM

Bad cd/dvd drive?

 

Were all of those hard drives you tried new? Can you boot linux from a flash drive? My suggestion would be to try booting from a flash drive. You can use any version of linux but I might recommend Mint: http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

 

If it will not boot to any OS there is likely a hardware issue somewhere. The first test I usually run is Memtest86: Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)

You can just download the file and burn directly to a disc, no need to extract.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:38 AM

well, maybe I can first try running Linux from an external cd drive? Would that work?


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 09:28 AM

Puppy linux is very small so if that took forever, I might suspect a problem with the cd drive as JohnC mentioned above. You can try a larger version of linux such as mint... Usually off a disc Mint takes a few minutes to boot. If it takes more than a half hour you have some issue either with the cd/dvd drive or possibly something else. Being that dvd drives are very cheap that would be the first component I would replace and retry.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 10:14 AM

Tried another cd rom and new HDD, same deal, looks like someone either did some work or replaced the PSU on this machine, best junk this very unit, thanks for the help guys!






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