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pc fails to 'boot' up

by malc51 / October 12, 2004 8:36 PM PDT

Hi, just wondering if anybody can help.

When I start up my pc I get a black screen and in the top left hand corner I get a message saying " pc failed to boot, insert 'boot' diskett".

I have a restore disc, but that would put my pc back to factory settings I think?

To get it to boot up at the moment, I have to turn off the power at the mains, wait a few sec sand turn it on again, then it boots up ok.

Power connected through an anti-surge multi socket.

Some has sugested that it could be that the 'boot' sector on my harddrive is corrupt or has bad sectors?

Any help on this matter would be most welcome.


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Re: pc fails to 'boot' up
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 12, 2004 11:06 PM PDT
In reply to: pc fails to 'boot' up

Or a power supply has aged, the motherboard capacitors are bulging/leaking... But your post is much like you calling your car mechanic and telling them "my car won't start".


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Re: pc fails to 'boot' up
by malc51 / October 13, 2004 3:25 PM PDT
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Sorry about that, in my haste I forgot to include...

I have a Packard Bell (Ixtreme 9507), running xp Home with SP1 FULLY is 2 1/2 yrs old.
Cosmos Motherboard, 40 GB, intel pentium 4 1.9 Ghz.

Still learning about these things with each new prob, so please bare with me.

Is there any checks I can do through my pc, to find out just what the prob is?


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Re: pc fails to 'boot' up
by L7James / October 14, 2004 12:05 AM PDT
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i have dealt with the same problem many times.

firstly what operating system are you running? and you DONT need a new hard drive.

Some restore cds have a part restore feature or system restore feature on them so it does return your machine as when you first got it but replaces system files only and leaving programs and personal work alone and unaffected.

If you requrie a backup to be made there is several backup tools you can use before you proceed further.

any problems you can contact me


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Re: pc fails to 'boot' up
by malc51 / October 14, 2004 9:08 AM PDT

Hi James and thanks for your help in my little(big) prob.

I am not I.T trained but can find my way around, it's just some of the termanolagy used, sometimes throw me a curve and I go off in the wrong direction, opp's.

I will leave bellow a section from a log from the HJT prog....hope it will give you the info you need to help me. Should I try the 'recovery' disc 3 1/2" floppy...and see what comes up?

Thank you once again for your time and trouble.


Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 20:51:12, on 11/10/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\RealPlay.exe
c:\program files\\agent\mcagent.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_04\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Apps\Updater\01.02.3000.1001\en-us\msnappau.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Program Files\KODAK\KODAK Software Updater\7288971\Program\Kodak Software Updater.exe

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