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.
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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1. Remove or Unplug any recently added hardware.
2. Remove and replace the battery.
3. Press and hold the power button for 7-10 secs to power ON the computer.
4. Try booting to windows Operating System in Safe Mode. (Press F8 key as soon as you restart).
5. Check if the Hard Disk is detected and listed with its capacity of 80GB in BIOS. (Press F2 as soon as you restart).
6. Reset BIOS to default values.
7. If computer boots to windows in Safe Mode, then perform a system restore to an earlier date.
8. Install any updates available for BIOS.
9. If Hard disk is listed in BIOS, perform system recovery using the recovery partition or the recovery discs.
10. If Hard disk is not listed in BIOS, contact any nearest service center to get the computer serviced.
PXe Boot is used by the computer to boot to a network DOS-type environment.If you are receiving a PXe failure message on bootup check that your PC is set to boot from the CD Rom, Floppy, and Hard Drive BEFORE network or other boot device.
That's where you need to check to get solution to your problem, if not... try these
1. your settings in your bios 2. faulty cable/wire to your media device (hard drive, cd/dvd rom, etc) 3. The cmos battery (which indirectly points to your bios settings)
1. Maybe your HDD is getting to die. 2. Try to switch off any RAID in BIOS, and switch you IDE controller into compability mode if it is in you bios (otherwise you need the floppy with you motheboard controller driver) while installing windows)
Most likely, your hard drive died. Enter the system BIOS to see what it is detecting (or not) for your hard drive(s). If the hard drive is not being detected as I suspect, you could just replace it and reinstall all of your software.
Verify that your hard disk drive is
setup and detected properly in BIOS. You're computer should list
a hard disk drive installed either under the main page or the
drives page in BIOS. If BIOS indicates the drive is not
installed or not detected skip to Hard Disk drive is bad or not
Verify the boot options are
properly set in BIOS, almost all BIOS setups should contain
options specifying how your computer boots. For example, most
computers should have their boot options setup similar to the
- Floppy drive
- CD drive
- Hard drive
Rest your BIOS to default
values. Many BIOS will enable users to reset the values to the
default settings. If you've tried the above options without
success try resetting the BIOS.
Do you have the PXE error? The media failure is in the boot sequence, on the toshiba press F12 on boot to change boot priority, select cd/dvd or hard drive, or to preclude from happening, press F2 on boot enter BIOS, select Boot options make sure to set priority as cd/dvd, then hard drive, then network or disable network boot. network booting causes media failure.
i am assuming you have allowed the bios to detect that there is a different hard drive fitted as it will be looking to boot from an non existent drive.
If you have fitted a new HDD with an operating system already on it then you will have to repair windows as its a change in hardware.
If you cant get the bios to see the drive then the motherboard has an IDE or Sata connector problem.
Your laptop is trying to boot from lan because it can't for some reasons to boot normally from the hard-disk. Try to listen if when you power on the laptop the hard-disk spins or makes any noises. If not there could be a problem with the connector that links it to the mainboard. If you hear a noise or the hard-disk spins then you may have a corrupted OS (windows) or some bad sectors problems. The best way to find out would be to try to boot the laptop by using a windows instalation cd. Boot from the cd-rom and check to see if the windows installer find your hard-disk and can copy files to it.
You will need to change the boot order from bios to enable the cd-rom to boot first or enter some boot menu (if provided) and select " boot from cd-rom " or such thing.
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