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Notebook won't boot. Can it be the Master Boot Record.


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#1 brian2009

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 04:03 PM

Hi.

 

My XP3 dell D620 laptop will not boot up anymore.It gets through the bios screen ok and then I get to the screen where it asks if you want to boot into

Windows or System Restore. If I select Windows it

simply reboots after a few seconds of trying to boot

(there is a screen message that flashes with very

small text, but it is too small and too quick to

read).

If I select System Restore the only choice it allows

is to do a destructive restoration to it's factory

state. (I guess I forgot to install or turn on the

additional non-destructive option, which I've used

successfully on other XP notebooks).

Additional info:

1. I can run Linux Puppy from the CD but it acts as

if it is the 'first run' and doesn't seem to

recognize all the Puppy info that are already on the

hard drive. (It connects to the www fine).I am

hesitant to allow it to 'start over' and write to

the hard drive because I don't want to overwrite any

linux files already there (a lot).

2. I have an existing Paragon backup image which I

can probably place on the HD but I'd rather not do

that as I've got so much Linux on the drive after

using it for a couple months.

3. The Paragon Emergency CD has an option to

'Rebuild' the Master Boot Record..but I'm not sure

whether to click on it or not. I'm afraid it might

somehow make things worse.

I can't think of any program I have to load via CD

that might be able to analyze the HD for problems.

The Paragon CD has an analysis for it's two

partitions. I ran it and it showed ' a few errors'

on the Dell partition and 'errors not corrected for

some reason' for the working C drive of the

computer.

The HD hasn't given any indications of being bad. I

think the problem might have been caused by some

sort of funky shutdown I did.

Can anyone offer any advise about what to try next?

Thanks

 

(sorry for the weird text formatting)


Edited by brian2009, 27 June 2014 - 04:09 PM.


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#2 brian2009

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 04:40 PM

I'm reading the other recent thread about diagnostic HD software.

 

But I'm still curious if having the Paragon Emergency CD "Rebuild" the MBR might be worth a try.



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 05:14 PM

Can you boot to a command prompt as an administrator?

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 07:04 PM

Thanks for the response.

 

Nope. Any choice for alternate boot type simply go into a reboot situation.

 

I really can't get it to do anything. In the past I've been able to at least restore the registry because I use Erunt religiously (because it works)...but I can't even get to that.



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:49 PM

It could possibly indicate a failing hard drive or a corrupt file system. You may try cloning the hard drive first to avoid losing the files that you don't want to lose. Then you can try Seatools for DOS to check your hard drive's integrity.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 09:09 AM

I used the Seagate Tools for Dos. It passed with no errors at all.

 

When I try to find anything of the drive (using Linux in the CD) it won't show any files.

 

It does show the drive is there and how much space is used and free.

 

I'll try using the Paragon to repair the Master Boot Record and report back.



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 01:41 PM

 The combination of Windows and Linux is a quirky situation since they each have their own differing file systems.  It works fine for a while, but I've things like this happen too with Mint Linux.  I just went through the Linux reinstall, and it fixed the Grub loader so it was once again happy.  YMMV.

 

Good luck.


Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 02:50 PM

Well. The Paragon MBR fix didn't help at all. Because I need to scan some things before tomorrow and my scanner is from the XP era I just did a full restore of an image of the entire hard drive (a few months old though). It seems to be booting and running fine now. This XP notebook is the only one I have that I KNOW will operate the scanner. I think the problem was caused by either a rushed shutdown or possibly too many updates done in one session. My file structure was messed up...I could only see less than 1% of the files on my C partition, which is my working drive. The files on the Dell Restore partition were all there. Weird. I lost all my saved Linux info but at least now I know what to add-on to it and what not to bother downloading again. Thanks to all who chipped in their thoughts.




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