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Boot problems HI I tryed to install xp alongside vista but something went wrong, now i can't boot my pc. It stops at the POST screen and doesn't load any OS,also i can't get in the BIOS either.Please help if anyone has any idea of what has happened. Thank you

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  • elektroboyit Apr 18, 2008

    Hi Stef, I think it might be my HDD not working.I have tryed to disconnect it and turn on the pc,it loaded the POST screen and gave me an option to reset the BIOS wich i did,after that it carryed on booting from the cd but stops becouse the HDD is not connected (I think).I have then tryed again with the HDD connected and it stops after detecting the HDD in the POST screen like before. So is it the HDD that is faulty?! And if i get a new one will it be possible to do something with this faulty one? Like reformatting it?
    thank you for your help

  • elektroboyit Apr 19, 2008

    thank you Stef,
    this HDD is definatly not making any sound or "reading data noise" = fryed ;)! I will shortly get a new HDD.
    I will let you know how things goes!
    kind regards,



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OK if you can't get into the bios, did you try to reset the bios ,or CLEAR the CMOS ? If you can't get into the BIOS then either your MB/HDD is faulty or your BIOS is just stuffed and needs to be cleared. Let me know...

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Posted on Apr 17, 2008

  • Stefan Groevens Apr 18, 2008

    OK... if your HDD does not pass the BIOS screen if connected AND if your PC boots up until "no hdd connected" or as you mentioned "Cd does not continue because no HDD installed" then your HDD is faulty indeed.

    The problem is now : How would you access your drive when you get a new HDD ? The issue is here I suspect the board from the HDD to be faulty. A faulty board might cause "malfunction" or a "mislead data transfer" from your HDD board (faulty) to your BIOS. Thats why you can not pass the BIOS, cause the BIOS has trouble communicating with the faulty HDD board.

    If you would have a new HDD, and your would try to connect your old one, with the new one already connected, I assume that it will also not pass BIOS.

    Down here we would have an old board lying around somewhere in the workshop and just swap the faulty one with the new "old" one, which would work to "retrieve" the data and transfer the data to a NEW HDD. And because data recovery is EXPENSIVE, options would run out here.

    What you can do to make 100% sure that your HDD is DOWN, try installing a other HDD (one you can get from a friend for testing - that you can use to install an OS ). OR you can leave your case open and "listen" to the sound that the HDD is making: If you hear NOTHING coming from the drive, then your HDD is most likely to be dead, if you hear "cluck cluck" noises then you know your HDD is faulty, if you hear a spin up spin down all the time, you know the HDD is faulty, If you hear a steady spinning with "data reading sound (how should i explain it - well it sounds "healthy :-) ) you know that your HDD is fine but the HDD board is fried or faulty.

    Let me know...

    Kind Regards,




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