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Doesnt boot up

Turn on it starts up displays packard bell screen sometimes will show windows start up screen then reports disk read error ,swapping to CD as boot drive and trying to boot using a windows CD doesnt work either, it will boot to DOS from a floppy but if I use an NTFS floppy it doesnt go resident

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  • Blackchuck Nov 10, 2007

    Hi Poohawk

    Thanks for the response

    there is no problem entering Bios it correctly identifies the hard drive (set on auto) the CD drive and floppy

    I can as mentioned in the first post swap to CD as first boot drive and with a bootable CD in it still says read error

    the error when booting from a floppy says unable to mount drive ,no ntfs drives found even though the BIOS finds it.

    both Hard drive and CD (dvd) drive are set as master on primary and secondry respectivly

    I build and repair computers and if this had been someone elses lap top I wouldnt even let it cross the threshold let alone look at it ,I never touch them,consequently I know nothing about their peculiaritys ,any advise would be appreciated

    Thanks Peter

  • Blackchuck Nov 10, 2007

    Thanks for the suggestions

    Following your suggestions is probrobably the only chance I have of recovering this ,I have not flashed the BIOS but a currupted BIOS would explain the problems, I suppose a power spike could do it

    The OS cd I tried to boot with was a Microsoft XP OPK cd

    Memory?? or motherboard?? on a desktop 2 screws to take the side of, on a laptop after the screws are out the machine will probably weigh half what it did and this is always assuming you have been on a course in chinese metal puzzles in order to find them.

    I have repaired one laptop because I knew what the problem was

    it took me over two hours to take it apart 5min to fix and almost 3 hours to put it together again (not a small desktop a fiendish invention)

    once again thanks for your response ,I will let you know if I am successful

    Regards Peter



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Hey, Blackchuck, try this
When you power up, try to get into BIOS and see what you get.
Let me know and we'll go from there.

Posted on Nov 09, 2007

  • Ron Roske Nov 10, 2007

    And a good morning to you, Peter,
    Had to chuckle when I read the last paragraph of you last message. I take it that you mainly work on desktops and pretty much stay away from laptops? ;o)
    And, from what you have said so far, I'm sure that you understand that I am somewhat at a disadvantage because I don't have the system here in front of me.

    OK! Now to the problem at hand.
    I will assume that you've done all of the basic things-assuring that the proper voltage is coming out of the ac adapter, gone in to reseat all of the cable connectors and attached devices and so forth.
    From your description of the problem, at this point, I can only see maybe 4 things that might be causing the issue.
    1. Corrupted BIOS-Have you flashed that, and verified that you are at the latest level?
    2. Bad memory- Have you run a good memory test, (Mem+86 is what I use), tried running with just one RAM chip, swapped out to another RAM chip, etc?
    3. Corrupted OS-Recovery disks, OEM os disks, etc
    4. Bad system board. ;o(
    An additional thought might be to bring it up bare bones. Disconnect/remove anything not needed. Try to bring it up with just the following:
    External display.
    Hard Drive (or, CD, as you chose)
    External keyboard.
    No touchpad, wireless card, floppy, battery, etc.

    Do a mind-set reset. Just ask yourself the question " How would I approach this if it was the same problem on a desktop system?"

    Just look at it this way. A laptop is just a small desktop that the parts are harder to get to, and a desktop is just a large laptop that is much harder to move around.

    Hopefully, I've been of some help?

  • Ron Roske Nov 10, 2007

    My friend, I'm with you on the screw thing. Zillions of them and they are small!! Ever try to find one of them that you've dropped on a carpet? That's why I have a magnet in with my tools!
    Best of luck and I can help, let me know. I'll be looking forward to seeing the information on the successful resolution of this issue.
    Have a super day!



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