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Searching for boot record?

by cowgirlup914 / June 13, 2012 8:07 AM PDT

Upon my arrival home today, my son told me the computer wouldn't boot. It shows the message: "Searching for boot record IDE-O...OK, but does nothing else. I tried the Windows XP Pro CD I purchased a few years ago, but it won't read it.
Don't know what else to do!!

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Sounds like a bad HDD.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 13, 2012 11:57 AM PDT

And if the XP CD doesn't boot, maybe a very old CDROM drive. Both are pretty cheap compared to a new computer.

YES, someone may suggest a CD LENS CLEANER but I can buy a DVDRW for the same price!

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Thanks, but...
by cowgirlup914 / June 14, 2012 12:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Sounds like a bad HDD.

I thought about that, but my son's notebook crashed last week (on a roll here) and I get the message unmountable_boot_volume. We bought an external CD player and when I tried to get the Windows XP CD to run, it wouldn't read it either.
Being a single Mom, I can't afford to take them to a repair shop so I need to try to fix it myself. I'm not a geek, but I'm not a novice either, so I can fix it if it doesn't cost much.
BTW - This computer was built for me and I replaced the hard drive and the fan about 3 years ago. This is only the 2nd problem I've had with this PC.

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This is why details matter.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 14, 2012 3:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks, but...

My answer would have changed a little if I had the make and model and desktop or laptop.

But for now I have little to work with.

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