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Hard drive was booting only every other time

by Dr Faldown Strangely / June 4, 2006 3:19 PM PDT

but needed hold button reset to do so.

1.8Ghz 512RAM XPsp2

Single '40GB' drive, 30GB occupied/7GB free.

Then yesterday: only 1 user, 33 processes, ewido and adaware SE scanned free -- but simply opening a word doc made the system hang over and over. Found I could open and print by running Word and opening the files from the 'open file menu' -- did this 12 times, fine.

But try to double-click the same file that just printed -- hangs (and same for other files e.g. image files). the Folder showed on two lines in TaskManager Applications ''Not responding'' and no other applications;

I did try cleaning registry ist time ever in nearly 4yo computer, restart seemed fine. But still hung on any particular file even with other applications (ie not just Word).

Defragged but no better. Then thought of ChkDsk....It asked for restart to access certain windows I canot tell whether CHKDSK is doing something or its just stuck in failing to boot.

The greenlight and the redlight are on next to the switch. but no sign of screen or mouse life otherwise...did a reset by holding button in 8 secs as on prev failed boots... turns off but not still the same status switching on.

Can anything be done.


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by phantazy / June 5, 2006 6:31 AM PDT

Firstly, depending on whether you have chosen 'chkdsk /f /p' it takes a long time to run, and on old system might be six hours or more, If you run it with the system booted, it will run when you start up, and gives more information, prior to windows starting. Secondly I would run it again, and then run 'sfc /scannow' with Xp Disk in cd drive. If the issue persist after these attempts, the problem is likely to be a) power supply, b) Ram, or c) graphics card. Post back if you want information on these last three.

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Chkdsk seems to have worked
by Dr Faldown Strangely / June 5, 2006 3:06 PM PDT
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I ran ChkDsk from the C Drive Properties /tools tab. There was no option to ' /f/p '.

I left the computer alone in its apparent hibernation, awaiting some kind of feedback/help (thank you). About 30 minutes after posting, The welcome screen was up and system apparently functioning normally. No hanging on doubleclick, or right click;. turned off and rebooted normally.

I think chkdsk usually runs on screen, but the above 'event' was all black and no light in the optical mouse.

I need to know if this was just a tardy maintenance issue, or is the drive heading south.


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