I'm having a MAJOR problem...

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by risky42, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. risky42

    risky42 OSNN One Post Wonder

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    I'm on my mom's computer now but mine won't even start! I'm running Windows 2000 professional. When I boot up my computer a blue screen comes up saying

    "***STOP(00000000078X0000000) INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE

    If this is your first time seeing this STOP screen restart your computer. If it happens again run a virus checker or run a scan disk for drive F"


    but I can't even get into my windows through safe mode.

    can anyone help me with this problem?
     
  2. madmatt

    madmatt Bow Down to the King Political User

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    I hate to tell you this, but the hard drive has gone bad. Time to replace it.
     
  3. saeltmarae2k

    saeltmarae2k OSNN Addict

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    It could be a corrupt boot volume header. Do you have another computer that you can install the drive in? I'd suggest trying to run chkdsk, ewido and avg on it...I've had success with that several times...
     
  4. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    ok this is what you do

    If you have a windows 2000 cd boot to it and go to recovery consol. then run the comand mount boot ( i think) if its not that type help and its the one that is boot something might be fix boot. This fixes that error a lot of times. It basically re writes the boot header
     
  5. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE is almost invariably caused because Windows 2000 does not have an appropriate driver available for the hard disc controller in your machine. It performs the initial copy operation in DOS mode, but then it restarts and attempts to start up in full-on Win2K mode, and without a driver it cannot find the boot disc--hence the error.

    The solution is to find out what the hard disc controller in your PC actually is, download a driver for it, put it on a floppy, and then press F6 near the beginning of Win2K setup (when it asks you if you want to specify any additional hard disc controllers) and install the driver.

    Alternatively, you can skip the F6 part and then just re-install Windows OVER your existing installation, which will do a repair on it rather than formatting and starting from scratch.
     
  6. lancer

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    its amazing how many different fixes there are for one problem (thats sarcasm). but i think KC is probably correct in this case, either way by reinstalling over the last install, it should correct any software issues, thus allowing you to see whether it is hardware (if this doesn't rectify the problem), or software (if it does).
     
  7. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    Im pretty sure my way will fix it as well but i may be sleeping still.
     
  8. lancer

    lancer There is no answer! Political User Folding Team

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    it probably will, sorry venomxt... :)

    all your ways will work, you are all fabulous :) haha
     
  9. kcnychief

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    Nothing wrong with options, and there are a few to try :)