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Computer will not boot? Compaq Presario 6000

by beauwilson / November 25, 2008 5:32 AM PST

I have a Compaq Presario 6000 running Windows XP that will not boot. I can get to BIOS by hitting F1. When I try to boot in safe mode, nothing happens when I select which operating system to boot.

During the normal boot cycle, it freezes after the hard drive boots (right before the Window XP screen). In the past I would get a "Disk Boot Failure" error, but now I don't get any messages. Any suggestions?

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Sounds Like A Failed Hard Drive... Have You??
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 25, 2008 8:12 AM PST

..tried checking the connections to the hard drive.. If a laptop, reseat the hard drive.. If a desktop, reseat all the cables and plugs.. If that doesn't help, try placing a bootable disc such as the Recovery Discs into the DVD/CD drive and restarting the computer? At his point, since it won't boot to either "normal" Windows or Safe Mode, the option is to attempt a format and reinstall of everything back to it's original state.. If such a format and reinstall doesn't work, then the hard drive is probably dead and needs to be replaced.

Hope this helps.


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by beauwilson / November 25, 2008 8:55 AM PST

I unplugged and plugged the cables back into the hard drive and it booted. Does this mean that the hard drive is ok, and the disk boot failure messages were from the cable not being fully connected?

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That's A Good Possibility..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 25, 2008 1:16 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks

Bad connections can frequently cause the hard drive to seem as though it's failed when in fact, it's fine.... Only time will tell.... and in the meantime, be sure to make lots of backups of your important files.

Hope this helps.


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