WARNING: Before you start troubleshooting remember that you are dealing with electricity that can KILL.
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Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive IDE,SATA
the leads from your (motherboard to your hard drive) make sure they have secure dust free connections and are not faulty
if its a 40 pin flat ribbon type it will be the first to fail
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd and floppy have secure connections and are not faulty
even something as small as a faulty electrical fan and its lead can cause you problems
computers need all power and data to continue through every working device and to have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error
Check your RAM.
The RAM is located in the middle of the motherboard.
There are tabs that you can push to release the RAM.
Remove it and put it back in place until the tabs pop out.
Loose RAM can cause your computer not to start properly where you want to see a video signal.
Remove the memory modules from their slots.
Take the opportunity to clean the slots on the motherboards and the memory module connectors.
Use compressed air to blow dust away and clean contacts with a soft cloth.
Do not use a metallic vacuum cleaner if it touches any component it may create a short and cause damage to the motherboard or other components.
Do not use solvent that may attract dust and never poke things like cotton buds in to slots, lightly rub alcohol (Methylated Spirits) on a cloth not to hard let the alcohol do the work on the copper gold or silver tabs and r
Allow the pins to dry.
They will air dry in a matter of minutes.
If reseating the memory did not resolve the issue try swapping the location of the memory.
If still no joy
To resolve this issue, use one of the following methods, depending on your situation.
Contact your hardware manufacturer
Your best bet may be to contact the manufacturer of your computer or your hard disk.
The manufacturer may have a utility that you can use to perform a more detailed scan for damaged areas of the disk and help verify the correct BIOS settings.
However, be aware that the damage to your hard disk may be serious. Sometimes this means that your only solution is to replace your hard disk.
If a fix or workaround is not available, you can use the "Advanced Troubleshooting" section to try to resolve this issue.
This section is intended for advanced computer users.
If you are not comfortable with advanced troubleshooting, you might want to ask someone for help or contact support.
For information about how to contact Microsoft support, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Method 1: Verify the BIOS settings
Verify the computer's BIOS settings to make sure that BIOS lists and recognizes the hard disk. See the computer documentation or contact the hardware manufacturer for information about how to verify the BIOS settings.
After you verify that the computer's BIOS detects the hard disk, restart the computer, and then test to determine whether the issue is resolved.
If the issue is not resolved, or if the computer's BIOS cannot detect the hard disk, you may have issues with your hardware.
Contact the hardware manufacturer to inquire about how to resolve this issue. You may have to replace the hard disk.
For information about how to contact hardware manufacturers, click the appropriate article number in the following list to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Hardware and software vendor contact information, A-K
Hardware and software vendor contact information, L-P
Hardware and software vendor contact information, Q-Z
Method 2: Use Recovery Console
Use the fixmbr
command in the Windows XP Recovery Console to repair the MBR of the startup partition.
This command can damage your partition table if a virus is present or if a hardware problem exists.
If you use this command, you may create inaccessible partitions.
We recommend that you run antivirus software before you use this command.
We also recommend that you backup your data before you use this command.
If the fixmbr
command detects an invalid or non-standard partition table signature, the fixmbr
command prompts you for permission before rewriting the MBR.
command is supported only on x86-based computers.