can't boot from disc

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Perris Calderon, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    so, I'm trying to get to the recovery console in my dads pc and it won't boot from the disc, I can't bring up the bios screen, I've tried every f key on the keyboard

    when I press f10 it brings up the hp native "restore to original settings" feature which I only want to use as a last resort

    any ideas how to get to boot from the cd?

    edit

    it's the escape key on this hp
     
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  2. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    I'm using the recovery console now, doing a chkdsk and then I'll do a bootfix

    if anyone has any other ideas before I reinstall his os, please to comment

    my dad is getting an unmountable boot volume in case you need some backround
     
  3. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    what was wrong with my link to the ms knowledge base?
     
  4. falconguard

    falconguard Carbon based lifeform Political User Folding Team

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    Can you just fix the MBR?
     
  5. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    nothing, the link told me to do the chkdsk and the fixboot from the console

    it worked by the way and the box is fixed
     
  6. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    I tried that because I didn't want to wait all night for a chkdsk, it didn't work

    the chkdsk into the fixboot did the trick and he's gold

    thanx guys
     
  7. bush dogg

    bush dogg OSNN Senior Addict Political User

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    Perris

    If your dad has anything important on this system like an “address book” to keep in touch with friends “something important too him” I would back them up.

    I would suspect the cable or Harddrive is going bad, If so this problem will come back within a few days or a month.

    I’ve actually seen this happen on a large number of systems the past year “same thing at boot came back multiple times on these systems” 2 were the cable the others were the drive. After replacing the cable or drive the problem hasn't came back.

    PS; Referring also to your other post on “unmountable boot device”
     
  8. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    good call