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Windows - No Disk Error


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#1 tonyme

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 04:46 PM

Hi everyone. First posting here. I have already found some great solutions to past problems just by browsing this site, but I hope someone can help me with this problem.

When windows starts up I get an error message stating "there is no disk in the drive. Please insert disk into drive" and the options Cancel, Try again and Continue are offerred.

When I close the error box I can use the machine in part, but if I try to click on My Computer, My Documents, Control Panel or the Run box all my desktop icons disappear for about 3 secs and the error message returns. This happens when I use the desktop icons or the start menu. In fact, I only seem to be able to access my files if I open the relevant application (Word, Excel etc.) first and browse with the File menu.

I am running XP Home (sp2) and IE7 Beta on a Vaio Pentium P4m 1600mhz with 256mb ram and my hard drive is only 40% full.

I thank you.

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 05:59 PM

for how long has the been like this,

sound like the system folders are wonkey

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- system restore to point prior to problem
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Posted 15 October 2006 - 08:23 PM

I suggest that you do not delete the prefetch files.
If you do, it will cause your computer to take longer to boot and longer for your aps to open.

If you know when the problem began and it is less than three weeks ago try using Windows System Restore to reset your system state to a workable condition.

To access Windows System Restore click start/programs/accessories/system tools/system restore.

Choose a highlighted date from before the problem began.

Have you recently used any kind of registry cleaner or any ap that changes or modifies the registry?

Have you scanned for malware?

Do you have the Windows XP CD?

Can you access the internet with Internet Explorer?

Is your system fully updated with SP2 and all the subsequent Critical Updates?

Edited by Enthusiast, 15 October 2006 - 08:24 PM.


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Posted 16 October 2006 - 04:37 PM

it has been like this for about a month - roughly a week after updating with SP2 (all subsequent critical updates installed).

Whi I try to access system restore in the way you suggest, I get an error: "rstrui.exe - this application failed to start because framedyn.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this. (Where do I get this from?).

I have recently - and frequently - used Registry Repair Pro from 3B to clean and defrag registry.

I have scanned using AVG free, Ad-aware and Windows Defender.

I do have the original XP CD; it is 5 years old. Does this matter? How would I make use of it?

I can access the internet with IE, although I often get the "unable to display" message. This is usually fixed by clicking refresh.

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 05:59 PM

You may have to slipstream SP2 into your XP disk. Here's some instructions: http://www.theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp2_cd.htm

Please check your Device Manager (Start...Run...type in "devmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter) for any red x's or yellow !'s. There may be corruption in your mobo drivers.

Please check the SMART status of your hard drive using this free utility: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

Try using the System File Checker to see if it can repair your Windows Protected System files: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/43051/how-to-use-sfcexe-to-repair-system-files/

If the System File Checker doesn't fix it, you can try a repair installation of XP: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

FWIW - don't use registry tools too often. They have a tendency to mess things up when used too much. Also, here's (IMO) the best registry tool for XP (and it's free): http://safety.live.com/ and perform the free scan there.
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Posted 17 October 2006 - 05:24 PM

Thanks guys. I'll try everything from this thread and report back in next couple of days.

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 07:21 PM

The following may help:

How to troubleshoot the System Restore tool in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...b;en-us;Q302796

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 04:53 AM

Did you install Quicktime 6 just before all this started, many have had a No Disk Error after instaling
this version !!

Have a Good Day :thumbsup:




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