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MBR keeps jumping ship

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#1 Guru-By-Remote


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Posted 08 October 2016 - 09:56 AM



 I have a Dell Latitude in  shop that has /is getting the best of me.

Here are the Specs


Dell Latitude E-5530

32 Bit

4 GB DDR3 10600S  ram 2 sticks

1 TB W D Hard drive

Running windows 7 Pro


Symptoms first:

Turn it on and it says press control C ----( I believe that is raid) the laptop does not use raid)

boot order is set to HDD then cd rom then usb

bios is the latest


 I thought it was a bios issue and dismantled the unit and reset the bios by removing the cmos battery and shorting the two pins together

I have tried F12 on Boot and boot from cd rom ..it reads it and will let me work off of cd..... HBCD ect

I replaced the motherboard and ultimately the HDD

I used Acronis to clone to a different brand new known good tested 1tb hdd

Now for the strange part... After replacing the motherboard it booted up fine and I sent it back with the customer. 1 month later it is back with the same symptoms.. Any clues?

My guess is it is dumping or trashing the mbr on the HDD.. Because I can boot to repair cd and command prompt then fixmbr it tells me it has a funky mbr and asks if  I want to change it I say y

then I do a fixmbr and it asks if I want to do it I reply Y then the thing works great till the next time down the road it decides to quit on him....


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#2 hamluis



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Posted 08 October 2016 - 10:39 AM

New motherboard...new hard drive...same symptoms...I'd be thinking PSU, CMOS battery, if it happened right away.


A 30-day interval between problems...doesn't figure, in my world.


But...it's a laptop and could be some other factor that's unrelated to my line of thinking.



#3 JohnC_21


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Posted 08 October 2016 - 11:56 AM

Do the full diagnostic on the computer if you have not run it. I would also check what BIOS version the computer is running. 



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