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ohellwhatnow

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Hi, plain english help needed please.
When I turn on my computer, it boots up then the following message appears.....
Primaster A03.0900 Quantum Fireballct 10 10
Ultra DMA Mode-4 S.M.A.R.T Capable but Disabled.
It then chugs along for a bit when another message appears....
Sec Master HDD Error
A bit more chugging and it gets to the normal windows page whereby the screen then goes blank with just the curser in the top left hand corner ?
I can start in Safe Mode and everything seems to work fine.
I have read on other pages with similar problems wherby its suggested to go ito dos to run scan/reg, but on my start key to turn off, I only have the option to turn off or restart, not the option to restart in dos, having said said that would scan/reg be of any help. Any Ideas please.
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Howdy:

It would be worth the try but you need a boot floppy to get into DOS.. Run the command from there..

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Forgive my ignorance but "boot a floppy"
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the msdos emulator is under start > programs >accessories > command prompt, or you can start in safemode with command prompt
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Thanks but I cannot find that command prompt on mine ?
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do start > run > cmd
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Box came up cannot find file cmd But! I have found MS-Dos promp in programs, I'll give it try, oh and thanks
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Hi again, I see loads of people stuck in dos but I want to get into dos. I clicked on MS-Dos prompt typed scanreg and a dialogue box to me to quit windows and go into DOS. How do I do that please?
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something came up and told you to exit windows?...if this is the case it probably means to start windows in safe mode with command prompt
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It says Cannot restore from windows, shut down to DOS and run scanreg.
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restart the machine > press f8 untill the advanced start up options come up > do safe mode with command prompt
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OK
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I got into DOS eventually! scanreg.exe/restore, I selected the earliest date which was March of this year and it failed, sellected the next earliest date and BINGO its working. Many thanks for your help.
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i'll keep an eye on this one just in case it's not completely fixed
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I know who to cantact if does!!
Thanks again
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