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DC_FC79

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Im not sure what ive done but my pc wont start now, i plugged in an old hard drive i had via a usb to ide connector so i could format the hard drive so i went into bios and changed the boot order so this hard drive i had was set to boot from first but when i restarted an error came up and so i disconnected the cable and restarted the pc, when i restart the pc now it will detect the mouse, keyboard then the screen goes black and a cursor starts to blink in the top left of the screen, can i solve it, ive double checked and the boot order is the same as it was before i plugged in this hard drive via usb

appreciate any help given

Edited by DC_FC79, 27 May 2008 - 05:23 AM.

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Hello DC_FC79...

Have you tried "Last known good configuration" from the Safe Mode boot options? Tap the F8 key during start up to access the options screen, select "Last known good configuration" using the arrow keys, and press "Enter".

Do you have your XP installation cd?

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Ive got my windows cd, i was thinking about repairing windows by booting of the cd,

how do i choose last known good configuration, ive tapped f8 and nothing comes up,

tried windows repair and it didnt work

Edited by DC_FC79, 27 May 2008 - 09:55 AM.

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Ok...let's try something else...

Boot from the Windows XP installation CD.

At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press R to start Recovery Console. Choose the installation to be repaired by number (usually 1) and press "Enter".

When you are asked for the Administrator password, leave it blank and press "Enter".

At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r and press "Enter". (Note the space before /r) The disk check operation will start.

This will be a very thorough check of the hard drive and the file system...be patient and let it complete. It may appear to hang or even back up a few times...this is normal. 60 to 90 minutes is not unusual for this check...it may take longer in some cases.

Once the check completes and you are back at the command prompt, type exit and press "Enter". Let your computer boot normally to Windows.
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Hi wannabe

i did the chkdsk /r but i dont know whether it helped or not but id run the xp disc and i did a repair and it must have worked as id turned the pc on and it booted t windows with no problem,

thanks for your help

ps ll remember to not use the adapter again unles im using a pc which is old and wouldnt matter if i messed around with it,

plus on the hard drive there was an os so that possibly didnt quite help

Edited by DC_FC79, 27 May 2008 - 12:30 PM.

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Glad you got things worked out... :)
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I thought the problem was solved but ive turned the pc on this morning and its still not fixed so i removed the cmos battery and it seems to be ok now

Edited by DC_FC79, 28 May 2008 - 07:01 AM.

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Let me know if things deteriorate again...
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Yes i will do
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