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As a result of a power failure, I'm now unable to boot. I was able to get to the BIOS window and switched the boot from hard drive to CD. I tried to boot with Windows XP Pro CD. Did not work. I then tried to boot from my " Ultimate Boot CD" and was able to boot to the "Drive Diagnosis Test which said that the hard drive failed. I replaced the drive, but still cannot boot. Any suggestions on what to do next?
This could me several issues -- here are some thoughts: 1. The speed at which your boot CD (or DVD) was burnt DOES MATTER. Older drives may not be able to read media burnt at high speed or newer media formulations. 2. Fried or confused IDE/SATA/RAID controller. 3. Flaky BIOS. 4. Internal semiconductor damage in computer power supply, causing just enough under-powered (usually shows up in a "small" voltage drop, and may not show up until PS is under load)condition such that motherboard or peripherals not operating nominally. I'm betting on number 2 or 3. Please post make and model of machine, etc. for further assistance. Tx, ButtFuzz
Posted on Sep 27, 2007
Check the CD for damage and clean the cd drive with a lens cleaner. This sounds like a software or cd drive issue not a hard drive issue. It could also be raid drivers that need to be reinstalled. But this is less likely.
Posted on Sep 14, 2007
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