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#16
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it means the harddisk is not being read properly

I wonder if you perhaps downloaded the wrong version of the iso burning powertoy? Or perhaps you having an odd cd-writer that is not compatible

try installing this:
http://www.cdburnerxp.se/

then following these instructions with the rc.iso

http://cdburnerxp.se/help/burniso
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Thanks,

I'll try this later today and see what happens.

I'll keep you informed.
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I tried the new cd burner program and I get the same thing.

I then went to another computer with windows xp and burn the iso again. Same thing.

I'm at a loss.!!!
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how old is this computer, or rather this cd-rom? The only thing that makes sense is your pc does not support bootable CDs--but it would have to be pretty old, or have a malfunctioning bios

What kind of computer is this, and what kind of computer are you using right now
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The computer that is broke, is a little over 4 years old. It's a laptop HP Pavillon ZT1185.

The computer that I'm on now is a Dell Demension 4550.
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I DID find another person who was unable to boot from a cd-rom with this laptop...you might consider a bios update to see if that can be fixed

http://h10025.www1.h...areitem=ob937mu

If it were me, I would probably pull the drive and drop it in a 2.5 inch drive enclosure, and run chkdsk from that
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I'm on the most current bios version.

I'll see if I can find anyone who has a drive enclosure. If not, where would I get one from?

P.S. My bios now shows the 40gb hard disk.
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newegg, compusa,

You cna get them for as low as $20

What bothers me is that we cannot get a perfectly legitmate boot disk to boot on this thing....I have used that rc.iso for years and it has never failed....can you borrow a windows xp cd from someone--you can run the same thing from there
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I'm going to do that. I'll try the xp disk first and let you know what happens.

Thanks again.
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I got the xp disk and ran it. It got to 54% completed and then I get this.

The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems.

C:\>

Is there anything else I can do?
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I decided to try it again and it work. My windows is back up.

Should I do anything else to make sure this doesn't happen again?
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Well, you should run chkdsk regularly as part of your normal PC maintenance

Running chkdsk two or three times will sometimes correct serious issues, but the greater concern is that this could be a harbinger of bad things to come--ie, a failing drive.

You should certainly backup any criticial data.

Also, do the following

start > run, type
eventvwr.msc
<enter>

Look under applications for
WINLOGON

Double cliick this and hit the COPY button and paste the results in your next post.

Also, look under systems and applications for items with red Xs or yellow !s for any items that reference DISK

report that as well
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I believe this is what you are looking for.

Event Type: Information
Event Source: Winlogon
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1001
Date: 6/23/2006
Time: 11:21:37 AM
User: N/A
Computer: HEWLETT-Y3T1SM9
Description:
Checking file system on \DosDevices\C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is HPNOTEBOOK.
The volume is dirty.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
File data verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...
Free space verification is complete.
Read failure with status 0xc000009c at offset 0x41afb000 for 0x10000 bytes.
Read failure with status 0xc000009c at offset 0x41b05000 for 0x1000 bytes.
Replacing bad clusters in logfile.
Adding 1 bad clusters to the Bad Clusters File.
Correcting errors in the Volume Bitmap.
Windows has made corrections to the file system.

39013852 KB total disk space.
24708860 KB in 78972 files.
25876 KB in 6968 indexes.
4 KB in bad sectors.
158484 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
14120628 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
9753463 total allocation units on disk.
3530157 allocation units available on disk.

Internal Info:
c0 62 01 00 be 4f 01 00 fc d7 01 00 00 00 00 00 .b...O..........
57 02 00 00 00 00 00 00 da 02 00 00 00 00 00 00 W...............
f0 b5 a8 03 00 00 00 00 80 0f 3a 51 00 00 00 00 ..........:Q....
90 c8 39 06 00 00 00 00 90 e5 90 f6 05 00 00 00 ..9.............
a0 49 8b 82 02 00 00 00 d0 01 96 e3 08 00 00 00 .I..............
99 9e 36 00 00 00 00 00 7c 34 01 00 00 00 00 00 ..6.....|4......
00 f0 1b e4 05 00 00 00 38 1b 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........8.......


For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft....link/events.asp.
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I also have many red errors or yellow warnings that say disk.

What does this mean?
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mind clicking on one or two and posting them?

the most important part here is this

Adding 1 bad clusters to the Bad Clusters File.
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4 KB in bad sectors.

This could very well mean your harddrive is failing. Windows will account for bad clustersand work around them and if you get one or two, it's usually not a reason to panic--unfortunately, in many cases, when a couple of bad clusters show up it usually leads to more of them....

I would be curious as to when the first appeared....(no way you can check this).

I've seen drives work fine for months with 4 bad clusters, but it always seems that when it hits 6 (i have no idea) they start going to down hill in a hurry

A cluster is a section of your harddrive; a bad one means the PC cannot read it. A good analogy is an old record with a scratch on it...you cannot fix it.

What happened to you was that an important file used by windows was in or partially in a bad cluster--chkdsk was able to recover it so your PC would start

Like I said, back up critical data then I would definitely consider running chkdsk again and see if another crops up

start > run
cmd
<enter>

chkdsk /r
<enter>

say yes, reboot
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