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zoey

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#1
Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter. My sister has a Compaq computer and that is the message she gets when she starts up the PC. Virus?
 
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dadx2mj

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#7
The error is telling you it cant find a disk to boot off of. Check the power and ribbon cables going to the HDD. If that is all good my guess is either a HDD or HDD controller failure.
 
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allan

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#8
If the cables are okay, it could be a boot sector error or a failing HD. Run chkdsk /r on your boot drive. Also, make sure you have a current backup just in case.
 
#9
not to sound stupid, but questions are asked about other operating systems besides winxp. What operating system does she use? If win95 or win98 put boot disk in a drive and type fdisk/mbr then sys c:. the hard drive may have lost the boot files do to many things including a boot virus.
 
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Corolla568

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#11
i actually got this error when i accidentally didn't push in a stick of ram all the way. Try to check your ram, or switch the slots or something. It could be that.
 
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zoey

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#14
went there this morning, took the drive out and one of the chips hsd a big burn mark on it. My old drive in worked fine in it. She needed a bigger one anyways.
 

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