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#1 theguardianofdestiny

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 12:10 AM

I kinda have a situation here. My computer went off and now it won't come back on. It says, ''Boot Failure: System Halted" I know about boot disks, but I checked BIOS and it appears that I can skip all that crap and boot straight from the CD-ROM. Here's the biggest problem: I don't have a Boot CD. Any ideas on how I could get one? I just don't have the original CDs anymore.
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 12:20 AM

What brand computer do you have?
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 12:36 AM

http://www.bootdisk.com/
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:43 AM

Gateway with Intel Celeron processor. But I don't have to use those boot floppies because I can boot straight from the CD-ROM, right?
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:47 AM

Are you at the A:\ or the C:\? If you are at the C:\ type in Win.
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 06:25 PM

I can't find it...all I see is A, CD-ROM, and something called Intel Boot Agent
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 07:33 PM

I would guess at this point it is likely one of 3 problems. A failed hard drive, a failed IDE bus, or a bad or loose IDE cable connect to the hard drive. I would start with the latter.
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 08:49 PM

The link Budepest gave you offers a boot program that you can burn to a CD. If that was what you were asking before
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:18 PM

The Intel Boot Agent is a networking feature that allows you to boot your computer from a server.
You can try to boot from a disc, CD or floppy, but unless your computer recognizes the hard drive all you will be able to do is boot to the A:\ or a RAM drive, which may show as B:\ as in the case of BartPE.
If you want a more powerful boot disk try BartPE. It runs from a CD.
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:25 PM

I may have to get a new hard drive...how much will that run me?
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:28 PM

It says "Unable to locate hard drive." Does that just mean it's fried? Or could I recover it?
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:39 PM

No it does not mean it is "fried". That is one possibility. If you download and burn BartPE to disk you can inspect the drive if it has not fail.
A new hard drive will run $40 to $100 for a medium size drive. I would only purchase a Western Digital or Seagate hard drive. You can get a much cheaper drive, but in my opinion, but it is not worry the risk of re-installing again in 6 months from another failure.
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 03:08 PM

But ideally, if I had the original CDs for XP they would be able to reinstall the operating system, right? If there's nothing wrong with the hard drive, then could I just buy the Windows XP discs? And do you have to have XP on the computer you're downloading BartPE to? Sorry, but I'm just confused.

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 04:32 PM

Yes you can purchase a new copy of XP either Home or Pro. Make sure you receive the COA with the disk, if you buy a copy of windows. No matter which version. The COA it the sticker with the 25 Digit serial number. Without that the disks are useless.
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 06:43 PM

Ok, I think I understand. Should I just go ahead and do that?
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