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Can not boot

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?

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Re: Can not boot

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

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Re: Can not boot

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.

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NTLDR is the file that loads the OS. (It expands to NT Loader - all versions of Windows from WIN NT (Win2K) through XP used this file.) The message could indicate the is damaged.

First make sure that you do not have a non-boot disc in the floppy or CD drive. Similarly, if your computer can boot from a USB device, unplug flash drives or other USB drives. Make sure that your boot device order is accurate (your C: drive should be first) in the BIOS. (Accessing the BIOS depends on your computer, often you need to repeatedly press F1, Esc, Del, or F10 after turning on the computer. There should be a screen that shows you the correct key.) While you are in the BIOS, make sure that your hard drive is recognized by the machine. If your hard drive isn't recognized, try replacing the data cable with a new cable and switching power connection cable with another from the power supply.

If the hard drive is present, the first solution is to get a bootable CD and copy the files back to your C: drive. You can use a Windows XP install or upgrade disk. For this type of source. Boot to the CD (press any key) and then enter the Repair option (R). Choose your Windows installation and enter your administrator password. Then copy i386ntldr and from the CD (D: or E: drive) to the C: drive. (for example: type "copy d:i386ntldr c:" without the quotes )

The boot information (MBR) could be damaged. In that case, the you'll need the Windows CD to run fixboot and fixmbr from the Recovery Console.

If the above doesn't work, you should try a new hard drive and copy the files to it. Make sure that you format the drive to create a bootable disc. (Use a bootable diskette, if needed.)

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Oct 28, 2013 | Operating Systems

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The computer is having trouble finding the hard disk.
The problem could be a faulty hard disk or a faulty disk controller.
First - re-seat the harddisk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot andgo into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If itdoesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty.Then the hard drive needsto be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer orlaptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioningcomputer/laptop again.

Jan 27, 2012 | Operating Systems

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When I switch on my pc,it tells me disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter. I have XP proffessional sp3 but only have a xp home disk.

If your computer has just been formatted, your computer might require you to insert the boot CD

to be able to run it. You might hence get the error message Disk Boot Failure- Insert disk and

press enter displayed on the screen every time you will try to run it. This might be linked


* 1. The boot options not correctly set in BIOS
* 2. A non bootable CD is found in your CD drive
* 3. You do not possess any bootable device
* 4. You have installed a new hard disk
* 5. The hard disk is not properly plugged
* 6. Your system files have been infected

Get more help and information for Disk Boot Failure. Hope this helps you....

Jan 29, 2011 | Microsoft Operating Systems

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Cannot boot from hard disk CD. An error occured that your BIOs would be updated and it is not fully ACPI compliant

Windows normally does not update system Bios. If your having trouble booting from CD, start the computer and enter the Bios setup. Change the boot sequence to CD then Hard Driveand save the change. Restart the computer with the CD in the drive and it should work fine.

Jun 28, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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First Make sure your cd/dvd rom detected in bios.
For that First open cpu cabinet refix power cable and ide cable to harddisk.
Then check your bootable recovery disk and cd/dvd rom working fine.
When you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or "del" key to enter in bios .
Then go to boot option and set first boot device as your cd/dvd rom then save settings and exit.
Then it boot with disk .
If still not boot then there may be some issue with cd/dvd rom or bootable disk.
Let me know if you need more assistance.

Oct 13, 2009 | Operating Systems

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Want to install xp by caldera dr dos

The problem is hard enough for beginners . First :

1.DR DOS is used by ASUS . DR DOS isn't MS-DOS (Microsoft), just 99% compatible with it . You have access with it on whole HDD+cd/dvd but , because drdos will enable only 8MB RAM you can't install winnt.exe from i386 . There are at least 2 solutions :
a. if drdos is enable because u reseted BIOS try to change bios according to a better result (avoiding Caldera) and start a nice windows installation;
b. u may use another desktop/laptop until the first restart (in installation) ; u must try to use a computer with ~motherboard for best results.

Don't forget that DR DOS Caldera is almost every time used on ASUS MBs with all on board and you must have a PS2 keyboard/mouse to use any kind of DOS . I read sometimes that DRDOS is a soft used by Microsoft which it's wrong - there isn't any link between drdos and any windows system , genuine or not .
DRDOS problem might appear because it's a soft put on ASUS MB cd driver and , sometime, might be on a BIOS ROM .When u will boot with the MB cd driver in this kind of problem might occur .
Other way Caldera may appear is when u have a windows cd made careless with NERO and caldera will appear no matter the MB .

Mar 24, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

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To install XP by removing Linux cannot boot from XP bootable

make sure it is booting from the cd/dvd drive not the hard drive first

Feb 17, 2009 | Microsoft Windows 98 for PC

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How to install windows xp

here are some tips:
please open your BIOS setting for boot sequence and make sure your CD drive is indicated as a boot

BIOS must be set to boot from CD before hard drive.
That is, the CD drive should the be in the 1st boot sequence followed by the hard drive (2nd boot device). Then,try to follow the follwing steps:

1.Formatting an XP System Disk by booting from the XP CD is accomplished by loading the Recovery Console by typing R at the first window.
2. After selecting the Windows installation you want to access and typing in the Admin password [leave blank if no password was created] you will see a command prompt.
3. Type Map and press ENTER
4. Note the letter designation of the drive you want to format. [write it down]
5. type format x: /fs:fat32 then press ENTER, where x is the drive letter you want to format. Substitute NTFS or FAT if desired.
6. Type Y to confirm your selection and then type exit and press ENTER to restart computer.
7. To view other format commands, type format /? and press ENTER at the RC command prompt.

May 06, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Your hard drive is not being recognised by your computer, so therefore it will not try to boot from it.

The PXE message you can ignore, it's the computer trying ot boot from the network card (because it can't find the hard drive)

You didn't memntion if this is a desktop or a laptop so..

  1. Remove the power cable
  2. Remove the side panel to the case
  3. Unplug the hard drive connectors - There are 2 types in a desktop, IDE has a power cable with a big white plug on it 4 wires, and an IDE cable, flat and wide.
  4. Plug them back in, they willonly go one way then check the other end of the IDE cable
  5. Attach the power cord and try again (leave the side panel off for now)
2 smaller connectors One thin cable (can be any colour but normally red) and one power cable with a thin black connector.Just give these a push back towards the drive to make sure they are secure, do not remove them.

Try to start and see what happens.

It is possible that your hard drive has failed, though they normally start to cause problems before they go.

These can be anywhere in laptops, but normally under one side you will find a panel that when opened will reveal the hard drive. Dell laptops normally put them in the side of the laptop and there is an access panel to be removed there as well.

If you have a laptop, then post back the model number togive a clearer idea of where it will be before you pull the whole thing apart =)

Try that and see what happens. Post back results please.

Apr 16, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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