Disk Boot Failure Please Insert System Disk
Posted 12 June 2007 - 06:39 PM
Posted 12 June 2007 - 07:23 PM
Just a wild guess,but since moving your computer was involved,
look for loose connections.
make sure all your connectors are plugged in and seated properly
(I'm talking about inside the case) Unplug and re-insert .
Unplug the power first,then do your thing
Afterwards,also check external connectors and all power connections.
Posted 12 June 2007 - 07:33 PM
Not sure if this might be related (which I thought it probably did) was this happened right after a thunderstorm. It was working fine and the thunderstorm ended. Then perhaps a few hours later I turned the computer off to go to sleep and when I got up to turn it back on, this happened.
It's not the power source because I ran my old computer (one I'm using now to access internet) through the same wires and connections my currently unbootable computer and it worked fine. Thanks though =D
Posted 13 June 2007 - 01:10 AM
Yes there is the possibility that something got zapped from a spike during the thunderstorm.
One thing though,since you still get some messages on the screen,
your motherboard or at least part of it ,is still OK.
Can you get a bootdisc or rescue disc from somewhere?
Then again your XP disc should also work.(But you said it didn't - so
maybe your BIOS got corrupted.
Have you checked the settings there?
Posted 13 June 2007 - 09:26 AM
I checked over my BIOS so many times.. not sure if the settings are messed up there. The thing I go to the BIOS is to change the Boot order.
The thing I want is for the computer to boot from disc which it doesn't. Hmm...
EDIT:: Hmm, i manage to boot from cd now right after i set the computer to load the FAIL SAFE stuff from BIOS... Hmm maybe you're right, BIOS probably corrupted so it couldn't boot from CD. Let me see if it works this time.
Edited by NocTeRnOsPiRiTeD, 13 June 2007 - 09:32 AM.
Posted 13 June 2007 - 10:30 AM
2nd in line is your main drive.If you have a floppy drive you could add that too,
possibly even before the CD Rom.
People say that it slows down your startup,but it does so only by a few seconds
to check the drives.To me no big deal for the convenience you get,
especially in cases like this,
The reason I said to get a rescue disc is that with that or a Live CD,
you can check your drive,hardware make changes to your boot.ini if necessary etc.
Here is just one example:
There are many others.a search for Rescue disc,Live CD etc will give you plenty of links.
There is also DSL and Puppy Linux and LiveXP versions.BartPE UBCD4Win etc.
Posted 13 June 2007 - 10:41 AM
Posted 13 June 2007 - 10:49 AM
If not you can D/L the file for it from their site.
BTW I hope you unplugged and reconnecteded the drive without the power on it.
Posted 13 June 2007 - 11:08 AM
My friend is helping me find the floppy to let the motherboard detect the SATA. I'll see if that would work.
Posted 13 June 2007 - 11:39 AM
Posted 13 June 2007 - 04:48 PM
Being a SATA drive it may not work in your old computer I guess.
If it did,you could at least find out if the drive is still ok.
I don't know how to test the motherboard separately though.
Maybe someone else could jump in with some ideas.
Posted 14 June 2007 - 06:55 AM
Not sure if something went short or something. It's either some lose connections (can't find any), hard disk malfunction or motherboard.
Thanks for your help btw.
Posted 14 June 2007 - 04:22 PM
You're welcome,Sorry I couldn''t be of more help.
I do have some more help links:
There are lots of links in this article.
Be sure to follow the link to Testdisk and its own links.
PS. I did find some more info to test the mobo.
You could use a socalled "Post Card" to check it.
You can find it here ,plus a lot of other useful stuff.
If you do a search like, test motherboard or motherboard test etc
there's a whole lot of info available.
Edited by DiggerP, 14 June 2007 - 05:37 PM.
Posted 14 June 2007 - 08:54 PM
I guess a new drive would solve my problem, so thanks again for your time. I appreciate your help.
Posted 14 June 2007 - 10:29 PM
You may not have had the chance to explore all the links and info,
but I read that while sometimes Windows can't read a drive, it still may be read
I would definitely try one of the rescue discs or file recovery prpgrams,
a lot of that stuff is free,but that's up to you.
(provided of course it still spins up)
Can you run a Live CD on the machine?
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