My gateway laptop M350 won't boot. I performed as CHKDSK but only get 25% complete. I tried reloading the Operating System (Windows XP) but am not able. Is there anything to try before changing the hard drive out?
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Try to boot it in safe mode and then if you get in - use system restore to a date that your computer was working to eliminate some of the possibilities of what it might be and also that could just be it!!!! hope that help3d!
This is a regular problem on Win XP computers. They are old so the hard drive is also old. You may need to do a reinstall of your operating system. But you could try running RKill first it is a rootkit killer. This may find the problem in your software, but don't hold your breath, With chkdsk failing it is a reliable indicator of a physical failure on the hard disk. You need to consider that a hard disk is metal plates spinning very fast and while they are designed to take some knocks, over time a laptop takes more knocks than you would expect. The plain truth is, stuff breaks and need s replacing.
When you turn off the power and start the reboot process by turning it on do you ever see anything appear on the screen? If so that means there is no problem with the screen and the problem is probably a corrupt or missing boot file or system file. You will need the operating system disc to repair this. If it's Windows XP you will need to boot from the system disk then get to the recovery console (repair option on the windows directory) and run the command: chkdsk /r This will run well over an hour or more and you will notice the percentage of completion going up and down, but let it run to completion. Then reboot and hopefully you're successful. If not, boot from the system disk again, but this time select the option to Install Windows, once you hit F8 to agree to the license windows will check for any already installed windows operating system. When it finds yours highlight it and select R to repair the existing windows operating system. This option will preserve all your documents, music, pictures, videos and any programs you have.
If windows Vista load the system disk and let it try to fix the problem by running system repair. If it can't repair it then you can get to the recovery console and type "chkdsk /r" and let it run. When finished, try rebooting. If not successful then unless you are technically inclined you will need to seek out a repairman because a good repairman will save your documents, music and pictures then reload your vista operating system.
times this error occurs when I have swapped a hard drive and used the
wrong IDE cable to connect it. If your computer uses an Ultra Direct
Memory Access (UDMA) hard disk controller, and you use a standard
40-wire connector cable to connect the UDMA drive, you may experience
this error. Make sure you are using the correct IDE cable.
your BIOS settings are configured to force the faster UDMA modes, this
error may occur. In this situation, restart your computer and enter the
BIOS and load the "fail-safe" default settings and reboot.
If neither of these issues are the cause for the Unmountable Boot Volume, then the issue most likely is caused by a damaged BOOT.INI file in the root directory of the boot drive or file system corruption.
Follow the steps below to correct these file system issues:
1) Start your computer with your Windows XP CD-ROM, or with Windows XP boot disks
2) When the Welcome to Setup screen appears, press R to Repair the installation using the Recovery Console
3) If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the Windows installation you want to access
4) Type the administrator password when you are prompted, if no administrator password is set then just press Enter
5) At the command prompt, type CHKDSK /R and then press Enter
6) Once CHKDSK has finished checking and repairing the hard drive, type EXIT and press Enter to restart your computer
Run a Chkdsk: Take the Windows XP disk. Boot from it, then DO NOT select F2 (automated system recovery) but continue through the procedure until you get to the point where you can choose between installing Windows XP and entering the Recovery Console. Once you get into the Recovery Console, do chkdsk and fix potential errors on your disks! Chkdsk C: /R
OR: Perform an XP repair: When you boot with the Win XP install CD-ROM, it loads a minimal operating system, similar to DOS, but compatible with Win XP. At the first screen you select install Win XP (not Recovery Console) and at the next screen it will find that you already have Win XP and offer to attempt a repair. This repair should not touch your Applications or data; it just reinstalls the Windows files. This is great because when it works you don't need to reinstall all your software.
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tap F8 while booting the PC
This should take you to the Advanced Boot option window
Use you up & down keys: Safe mode With Command propmts(Enter)
Operating System (Enter)
Sign in under your user name( or owner)
once at a command prompt (Black Screen)
Tyoe chkdsk /r (Enter)
You will get a message ( This valume is in use would you like to start a chkdsk on reboot (Y) (Enter) Reboot PC
This should start a chkdsk after the chkdsk is complete reboot the PC you should go to you profile (desktop with Icons)
Blue screens as a result of infection mean the virus has corrupted the operating system. You can fix it by doing an operating system repair with your recovery or operating system disc. Depending on the virus, this may only be a temporary fix. If this turns out to be a temporary fix, then the sure way to fix it is to completely wipe the hard drive, completely reformat using NTFS, and reload the operating system, which I would recommend. If you have any problems during or after the reload, then the virus damaged the hard drive and it will need to be replaced.