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My Duron 900mhz won't boot

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She twas doin'just fine, then, one day whilest bootin up, just after the initial info screens and prior to where the WinXP splash screen was SUPPOSE to be, I get this screen that looks like a DOS prompt without a drive letter...just the flashing underscore, that won't accept any input.

NOW, my first prognosis was HDD trouble, but after pulling the unit and installing it into an external USB enclosure, I was able to navigate, access files and run programs on it from my Acer laptop. HeII, just for security's sake, I scanned it with anti-virus software and Spybot S&D and Adaware...I even tried to defrag it (it sais it wasn't fragged, if ya will). Of course, I haven't tried to BOOT from it, dunno if you can boot from a device attached to USB. Hooked the puppy back to the AMD...nuthin...same thing...flashing useless underscore

SO now, I'm thinking that if it IS indeed a hardware problem, not some pesky registry fudge-up, then maybe it's the CPU, RAM or motherboard...but then, I guess, that's like diagosing a runny nose as either a cold, alergy, flu or ebola!

Any eyedeers? :tazz:
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Hi there
Have you tried booting in safe mode?
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The only time i had that problem was when my hard drives innards exploded but since yours still works that cant be it. Start your pc in dos mode and run memtest which can be run off a floppy that will tell you if you have a memory prob.
I would let your hard drive run a while even after the fluid bearing on mine went it was still able to be used it just wouldnt let the pc boot from it and it picked up disk errors after about a days use like you wouldnt believe.
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