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My computer won't boot up

I was using my computer but the next time I went on all I got was A disk read error occurred Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart. It says Master disk capability - none///Slave Disk capability - disabled.

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  • Colleen Schneider
    Colleen Schneider Jan 22, 2009

    I need free help I can't afford to take it back to the repair shop.

  • Colleen Schneider
    Colleen Schneider Jan 22, 2009

    Ok guys I rebooted and held down the del key so now I have a Phoenix bios screen what next.

  • GOODHACK3R May 11, 2010

    Ok. First is it possible for you to open up your PC( are you capable) For maybe the IDE or SATA cables may have come off, are loose, or have been incorrectly wired.

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What it is telling you is that it can't read your hard drive. When I get this type of error, I try re-booting the system several times. I then push whatever key it is that your computer needs to get into the setup mode--to see if the system is set up correctly (with a hard drive identified). While in the setup, I choose the option to reset using setup defaults.
I then boot from a startup CD (usually the Windows CD) and see if it can find the hard drive. If not, I'm afraid you'll have to replace the hard drive--and I would hope that you've been backing up your data.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009

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Your hard drive has "crashed".
Sometimes removing it, placing it in a freezer 2 hrs, then letting it reach room tem, then installing again frees up the platen or mechanical arm, but it only works 30% or less of the times I have done it.
If you do get it to work, save any valuable data immediately... it is on its way out!.

This is a VERY typical problem with eMachines, as they use 100% refurb parts to make a certain pricepoint.

CLICK HERE for options you can try to save your drive. Depending on your abilities, some BIOS settings you may be able to change to disable error checking, or disabling IDE Master etc.

THIS PAGE is more brand-specific and may point you in a good direction.

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Posted on Jan 22, 2009

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    blueextc3221 Jan 22, 2009

    I've tried the following (and didn't work), but these are still
    > strongly recommended if you are having this problem:
    > - Reset your BIOS to Default Settings
    > - Put in an 2K/XP/2K3 CD and enter recovery mode and run the
    > following:
    > - FIXMBR
    > - FIXBOOT
    > - CHKDSK /R /P
    >
    > Now, X hours of my weekend of free time, and still no luck. But I was
    > determined, and this was the answer to my problem...
    >
    > BIOS! My Hard Drive was set to Auto Detect. I can however,set my hard
    > drive to different modes. It was on Auto, so I changed it to LBA. I
    > restarted my computer, and BAM! It continued to load passed the BIOS.
    > I restarted a few times (just to check) and I was rolling! So
    > hopefully, this will help about 1% of the people who have this
    > problem. Good luck to y'all!



    This post may be of help as well. You definately have a boot sector problem. By taking the drives off of cable select, and assigning a boot order, you may circumvent the error.

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You are having a classic indication of a hard drive failure.

Boot to the BIOS (System Setup) Usually F2, or DEL at boot) and see if the hard drive is seen by system setup (most likely it will not be seen)

If HDD is not seen, the power off, unplug and reseat the power and data cables to the drive. If still not seen, replace the HDD

Posted on Jan 22, 2009

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