Win XP Boot Problem!

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by pez, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. pez

    pez OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Hi,
    I started my computer today to find a black screen with "boot failure insert boot disk" on it.
    I've tried makind the six floppy disks, but it said their was a corrupt file and ive changed my pc to boot from cd drive, it reinstalls xp, but when its done it says if their is a disk in drive a please remove it, and when it restarts it says the same black screen again, and if i leave the cd rom in when it restarts it starts the installation again!.

    someone please help its driving me insane!!!!!
    just as i got it all working properly aswell.:dead:
     
  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Welcome pez. :)

    Sure there is no floppy in it??
     
  3. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    heh, i go with that one. :p
     
  4. pez

    pez OSNN One Post Wonder

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    DI'm sure their is no floppy in it, just the xp cd-rom
     
  5. Mastershakes

    Mastershakes Moderator

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    Unplug the computer from the wall, count to ten, plug it back in. Fire it up.

    EDIT: and take the cd out
     
  6. Yharn

    Yharn meh.

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    dead hard drive?
     
  7. pez

    pez OSNN One Post Wonder

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    I unplugged it, the message still appears, the hard drive works fine.:cry:
     
  8. Mastershakes

    Mastershakes Moderator

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    damn it. open up the box and disconnect/reconnect the hard drive. I suppose it might be a loose connection...

    meanwhile I'll continue searching for a solution.
     
  9. apu95

    apu95 Caffeine-->Code Converter

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    i'm guessing the hd is configured as master and in the bios is configured as the bootable one right?
    if it installs well, then it can't be the hd (afaik). it seems like it doesn't find the mbr to read off the boot info...have you tried using that hd on another pc and seeing if it boots?
     
  10. pez

    pez OSNN One Post Wonder

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    I have Tried unplugging the hard drive and reconnecting it, i don't have another pc i can try it in as i'm not allowed 2 dismantle it lol, and my mates wont let me use theires either!
     
  11. Mainer82

    Mainer82 Binary

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    What are the jumpers set to on the HDD and CD-ROM?
     
  12. pez

    pez OSNN One Post Wonder

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    they are as standard and they were working like it lol. i havent touched them
     
  13. bush dogg

    bush dogg OSNN Senior Addict Political User

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    I think that part is just to remind you "if there is a disk in drive A remove it"

    I've seen that alot just standard for some software to say that.

    As for the boot disk failure replace the cable for the harddrive then set it for first boot device in bios see if it boots with a new cable.

    Could just be a cable went bad.
     
  14. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    Is your hard drive still listed as 2nd or 3rd boot device?
     
  15. pez

    pez OSNN One Post Wonder

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    ok, i changed the cable, still dosent work, yes my hard drive is still 2nd boot. this is driving me nuts lol i really need this thing to work, i have no luck with computers!:mad:
     
  16. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    Try setting drive to first boot device as Bush Dogg suggested.

    Another option you may want to try is to go into recovery console and fixboot.
     
  17. bush dogg

    bush dogg OSNN Senior Addict Political User

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  18. pez

    pez OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Nope that didn't work either
     
  19. kasikarvat

    kasikarvat OSNN One Post Wonder

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    just check the boot sequence

    if the problem still persist, then boot with XP bootable, go to recovery console(by pressing R on the first screen of stallation) rec. console will ask for the partiton choose the the partition where is the XP Actaully installed, then go to the windows directory then repair folder, in that copy all the file except the sam file to the directory /windows/system/config, after coping it restart the pc. Hopfully u will get success. if by chance it doesn't work redo the steps and when u come to the step coping files, this time don't copy the system.sav and offcourse sam.

    these all u can do in graphics mode if u have dual boot(win 2k, professional)from any ntfs OS partition.