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blah. I dont want to risk my main computer's drive :)
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OK then the only other option is to replace the drive.
They run about 30 USD for a new dvd\cdrw drive from NewEgg or Tigerdirect.
I can provide links for the drives if you would like.
We can also try another option to see if maybe it will fix the error messgae. Do you have a Genuine Microsoft XP disk?
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I do not have the disk.
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OK we can still try it to see if it will need the disk. The directions are written for mainly XP but do include side instructions for Vista.


Go Start and then to Run ("Start Search" in Vista),
Type in: sfc /scannow
Click OK (Enter in Vista).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy.
If System File Checker (sfc) finds any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD.
If sfc does not find any errors in Windows XP, it will simply quit, without any message.
In Vista you will receive the following message: "Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations".

For Vista users ONLY: Navigate to C:\Windows\Logs\CBS folder. You'll see CBS.log file.
Usually, it's pretty big file, so upload it to Flyupload, and post download link.


If you don't have Windows CD....
This applies mostly to Windows XP, since Vista rarely requires use of its DVD while running "sfc"
Note This method will not necessarily work as well, as when using Windows CD, because not always ALL system files are backed up on your hard drive. Also, backed up files may be corrupted as well.

Go Start and then Run
type in regedit and click OK


Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup

You will see various entries Values on the right hand side.

The one we want is called: SourcePath

It probably has an entry pointing to your CD-ROM drive, usually D and that is why it is asking for the XP CD.
All we need to do is change it to: C:
Now, double click the SourcePatch setting and a new box will pop up.
Change the drive letter from your CD drive to your root drive, usually C:
Close Registry Editor.

Now restart your computer and try sfc /scannow again!


Thanks to Broni for the instructions
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changed it to c but still asking for a cd
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Since it is asking for the cd then SFC has found a problem with System Files
This could mean they are missing or corrupt and need to be reinstalled.
Let's run another scan and make sure the HD itself is in good working order.

Go to
Start and then to Run
Type in Chkdsk /r Note the space between k and /
Click Enter ...It will probably ask if you want to do this on the next reboot...click Y
If the window doesn't shutdown on its own then reboot the system manually. On reboot the system will start the chkdsk operation
This one will take longer then chkdsk /f

Note... there are 5 stages...
It may appear to hang at a certain percent for a hour or more or even back up and go over the same area...this is normal...
DO NOT SHUT YOUR COMPUTER DOWN WHILE CHKDSK IS RUNNING OR YOU CAN HAVE SEVERE PROBLEMS
This can take several hours to complete.
When completed it will boot the system back into windows.

Let me know if this fixes the problem
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ok doing it now:)
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Thank you and I will await your results. :) :)
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sigh.
Nothing changed.
wishing for a miracle before my gf comes over and sees what happened
haha :)
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Then I hate to say it but it sounds like the cdrom drive is dead. :)
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lame...
:)
:)

well that didnt work either.


thx for all your time anyways
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cant use bios to auto detect?
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The bios should auto detect on it's own.
If the bios isn't seeing the drive that could be a sure sign the drive is not working.
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