Will not boot up
Posted 20 August 2005 - 11:01 PM
Posted 21 August 2005 - 06:27 AM
Posted 21 August 2005 - 06:57 AM
bad connections (wires)
I suggest that you methodically attempt to solve this problem.
The first thing to do is to check all connections within the PC with power off, and a ground strap on yuor wrist. (A wire connection a metal-banded watch to the PC case will serve as a ground.)
Then, reboot and hope for a better response.
If that fails, then get an alternative (free) operating system and see what it does. I recommend KNOPPIX version 3.9. It is a full CD's worth of LINUX and can see NTFS disks. You download an ISO file and then use soemting like Easy CD Creator or Nero to burn from file" to make a bootale CD. Note that the download is about 700 Meg, so you will need a PC with high-speed internet.
If KNOPPIX can read the disk, then maybe a "repair" installation of XP will fix the problem. I do not know whether your Gateway CD will support a repair, or just a full re-install (i.e., erase everything first).
If KNOPPIX can not read the disk, then disk disk could be bad, or maybe the master boot record has been corrupted. Note that KNOPPIX itself is immune to viruses, because it runs from a read-only CD.
If necessary, the easiest way to repair te MBR is via the XP CDROM and its recovery console. The command is FIXMBR. Note that FIXMBR may work when CHKDSK fails to find a disk. If FIXMBR works, then do CHKDSK with the /R option.
If FIXMBR fails to find a disk, then either the disk is bad (crashed) or the disk controller is bad. If you have an alternative disk controller, try connecting the disk to that. Many PCs have two separate controllers with two channels each. For example, the CDROM drive is working, since you can run the recovery console. That is attached to an IDE controller that could also be used for a disk. Alternatively, the CDROM drive could be attached to the controller currently being used for the disk, as a way to test the controller.
OR, you could temporarily move the disk to another PC, with a known good controller, and attempt to read it.
If the controller appears good, then it is probably time to replace the disk. I hope that you have backups of any personal data on the disk.
Posted 21 August 2005 - 09:50 AM
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