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jabba21

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OK, so a little while ago I was using my computer like normal and then it just restarts. The screen goes black and says "operating system not found." The only thing that would get it to come back on normal was to unplug it and plug it back in. Does anyone know what the problem could be or how to remedy this? This is the third time it's done this in a few months. Thanks.
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Hi jabba21...Welcome to G2G!

This can be caused by several things, but the most common is a hard drive failure. Now would be a good time to back up your important files onto other media. That's a good idea whether your HDD is going bad or not.

To see if we are dealing with a hardware or a software problem, let's run System File Checker:
Click Start then Run...type sfc /scannow (Note the space between sfc and /) and press "Enter". You will be asked for your installation cd, so have it handy. Wait for the scan to finish (this might take up to an hour). When it's finished, click Start then Run...type chkdsk /f /r (Again...note the spaces) and reboot when prompted. This will run on boot-up so restart will take a while...be patient.

Post back with your results...

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Ok I went through all of that. I'm not really sure what to post about my results though. It went through 5 stages as it was checking things. It deleted a few files but in the end it said the volume was clean or something like that.
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jabba21...

Now you watch it to see how it runs AND backup your important files just in case it IS your hard drive.

Please go to the Malware Forum and follow the instructions at the top....Especially the START HERE.
Run the scans found there to start ruling out a malware problem and if you see things start showing up in the scans, post a HiJackThis log in That Forum.

If you continue to have problems, please post back to this thread.

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Ok, thanks for the help.
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Well it seemed to be fixed for awhile but now it is back. For some strange reason it only does it when I am burning a CD now. Any help would be appreciated.
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Anyone have any ideas?
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