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Is my hdd bad?


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seth6025

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Ok I formatted the computer and installed a fresh copy of xp. right away on bootup it would say "detecting" never seen that before? than is would say "no bios installed because no drivers were attached" something like that. Still worked and went into windows. Worked good for about a week than started freezing up and running like crap. I ran the chkdsk and it booted up after that, then I restarted it and now it wont boot and I am getting the insert boot disk and hit enter message. Any idea what I should try now? Reinstall xp again? and utility's I could be running on it? Hdd no good?

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Howdy and welcome to GTG:

Sounds like the CMOS battery is dead or dying.

Is this a laptop or desktop?

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its a desktop....is that battery something that can be changed?

Edited by seth6025, 26 August 2009 - 07:30 AM.

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Changing the battery is relatively easy. Open the case (power down and unplug the compter). You are looking for a silver disk a bit bigger than a watch batery.

Touch the metal around the case to discharge any static electricity and remove the battery.

Get a new one and re-install it. Make sure you put it back in the same way the old one came out.

Boot into BIOS and reset the Date/Time and anything else.

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Right on I will give that a try...Thanks
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No problem. If your troubles persist, just come back to this thread and we will continue on.

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ok I changed out the battery but it didn't change my time or anything in bios. It seems to be working for the moment but I still have the "detecting" on startup wich takes awhile to go away and I still have no bios installed because drivers are not found or something. Any ideas on how to get rid of that?
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You have to go into BIOS (setup) and set the date and time manually.

Also, check the headings for an "Auto-Detect" feature.

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Ya I went into bios setup and the time and date were already correct after installing the new battery. I checked for auto detect and the only thing there is is in the boot sequence is auto detect "Load onboard ATA bios" ??
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Is the harddrive the first boot device mentioned in the Boot Menu?

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I switched the boot sequence to the only other option for hdd selection and it still booted up the same way.....with the same messages
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Not that its not starting up and going into windows but it will start to mess up in like two days. I've never come across these error messages after a format before
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What is the make and model of that computer and what did you use for a re-install cd?

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What is the make and model of that computer and what did you use for a re-install cd?

Also, use the ATA bios auto-detect option.

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Edited by Murray S., 26 August 2009 - 05:53 PM.

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AMD Athlon xp 1.3g 768mb ram...I know not mine....used an original xp pro cd
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