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When I start my computer I get an error message: Disk I/O error.

After starting the computer I receive the follow message:
Disk I/O error
Replace the disk, and then press any key

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I agree with wigglybus. Check that there isn't a usb device plugged in or a floppy in the drive if you still use floppies.

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Some bios will not boot if you have a memory stick in a usb socket. Just make sure you havn't! other wise I agree with previous thread - most likely some failure causing the hard drive not to be recognised

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The hard drive in that PC is failing or has failed. The drive controller is failing or failed. The drive controller on the motherboard is failing or failed.

Too many possiblilities but you should get the drive looked at first.

And I would suggest not truning that PC on anymore until you do so

Posted on Dec 09, 2008

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My computer crashes a lot. How do I fix?


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  2. In Open, type cmd, and then press ENTER.
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