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HOORAY, my computer just crashed. now when I turn it on i get the error:
DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

maybe the hard drives failed? no idea...

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When it is starting go to your bios and see if the hard drives are being recognized. I used to have my computer set so whenever it started you had to go in manually and select the hard drives. If you started it without doing this you would get that error. Kept people off my computer :P.
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wow it amazingly booted from the bootloader....
windows came up and it said "system has recovered from a serious error"
now im too paranoid to use it, would this be a software thing or should i replace hard drives?

i sure fixed that fast.

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Doesn't sound like a hardware problem. Sounds like Windows just farted. Windows does that. If the problem continues, reload Windows onto your PC.

As for the "keeping people off my computer" thing, just put a BIOS password on your machine. That'll keep anyone off of it and it's easier to type a password than it is to Start system > press F1, F2, F10, Del to enter setup > go to IDE setup > activate HDD > save changes and exit setup > restart system.
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Doesn't sound like a hardware problem. Sounds like Windows just farted. Windows does that. If the problem continues, reload Windows onto your PC.

As for the "keeping people off my computer" thing, just put a BIOS password on your machine. That'll keep anyone off of it and it's easier to type a password than it is to Start system > press F1, F2, F10, Del to enter setup > go to IDE setup > activate HDD > save changes and exit setup > restart system.

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post #7 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-16-2006, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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this computer has been nothing but problems. sad part is i built it myself, skimped out on a few parts too. that came back to bite me. should've bought a dell.

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big mistake letting me know that you are tech. savy... now I know who to contact when I have a problem...
Dang.

Yea, I'm a tech/nerd by hobby and career.
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I've had that before on a PC... damn Mr Gates!




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do you think Bill Gates has a program built to make all Microsoft technology self destruct one he dies... That would send the world back into the stone age for a little while..

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HOORAY, my computer just crashed. now when I turn it on i get the error:
DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER


maybe the hard drives failed? no idea...
From my experience this is probably a sign of impending doom... It is a possible that it's a software error, but generally speaking this is a sign of a dying/dead drive. I have seen drives crash (windows lock up, blue screen, reboot, shut down, etc) and work fine immediately upon restarting, then die a short time thereafter... Others last for a week or so, then nothing...

Then again, I have seen similar issues turn out to be a one time thing, but that has been in the rarest of instances.

If you got it back up and running, I would back up everything you can't live without... then reinstall from scratch.

I would fully prepare yourself to replace that drive... My question for you is, what is the brand/model? Or brand/size of your drive? That would tell much more of the story...
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yes i realize that its not likely thats its a one time thing. I backed up all that I need. really theres not that much important stuff on here, the main problem with the computer crashing/hard drives failing is that I'd have to reinstall all the programs i have, and i have a LOT.

I'm overdue for some sort of case/cooling replacement anyways so I'll prolly order one soon. (looking at this)
plus hard drives are so cheap these days, i might just order one of these.
There are two hard drives, one is a seagate PATA 120GB, the other a Western Digital PATA 120GB. the seagate is the boot disk. my personal theory is that the hard drives might have overheated, crashed, cooled down, and are working again. either way my computer is HOT so some fans wont hurt.

sorry just ranting.

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Honestly... he's right... the end is near.

I'm not going to say you are having hardware issues...just that maybe the software is jacked.

Make sure all your files are backed up, that you have all your program CD's around... and I would go for a complete re-load. Format and start over...




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I'm considering it, seriously. it would be the second time. the first time i reformatted, it was cuz all the icons EVERYwhere stopped working and my computer got really messed up. some people say its a good idea to reformat every few months anyways just because. my linux install is so nice, no problems at all from that.

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I don't know about every few months... I go like about 2 years or so before my PC would ever need it... <knock on wood>

Went like 4 years on my laptop before it did... and that was after SP2 screwed it up.

The only catch seems to be that it takes me about a whole weekend to get everything back in place!




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i hate computers and i hate working on them.
computers are like motorcycles. it's not a matter of if it will crash, but when will it crash.
with this in mind, please have some type of backup utility. the cheapest is installing a secondary HD with a scheduled backup (using microsoft's backup utility) or a DVD RW.

run chkdsk.exe /r and let it find and repair bad blocks on the next boot.
you had a corrupt boot sector that repaired itself on the next boot.

bios passwords? why bother? just use a normal (ntfs) login password.

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I'm with ya BM....

I actually had computers as my major thru college and developped a hatred for them. And about that same time the tech industry swallowed a bomb and it was out PC dudes.... the industry was saturated. So I got out of it...




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I'm with ya BM....
I actually had computers as my major thru college and developped a hatred for them. And about that same time the tech industry swallowed a bomb and it was out PC dudes.... the industry was saturated. So I got out of it...
whaddya do know?
i always figure if i get out of computer engineering, I'll become a mechanic. but programming is fun in some ways.

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I'm considering it, seriously. it would be the second time. the first time i reformatted, it was cuz all the icons EVERYwhere stopped working and my computer got really messed up. some people say its a good idea to reformat every few months anyways just because. my linux install is so nice, no problems at all from that.
If you have had multiple issues forcing you to reinstall, I'd again recommend preparing for the worst. Of course if the first crash was not recent, then again... could be software.

Or...

If you download copious amounts of porn and a ton of 'cracked' software you pirated off some bit torrent site, then I would give for software issue... and a bi-monthly reformat, reload...

The WD hard drive you linked to is solid... I have been running one for quite a while now...

As for login passwords... 10 seconds and a bootdisk and I am in... BIOS passwords... 15 seconds and a screwdriver and I am in... Passwords are a waste of time IMHO...

And I most certainly agree with the ing out of computer techs... Then again, I worked with so many A+ Certified tards that couldn't tell the difference between a hard drive and a CD ROM that I wanted to shoot myself to death with a pea shooter... So I went into sales and management... Now at least the tards I work with can bull$hit a good game...
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the last time i formatted was about 6 months ago i believe. but i am convinced that was an isolated incident. it had nothing to do with hardware, actually what happened is i let something modify the registry (on accident).

I'm about to pull the trigger on that case and hard drive. it would be 140 bux total. but i'm wondering if i should just get a better fan and thats it. cuz 140 bux could go toward a new computer/laptop. I HATE DECISIONS!!! I'm SO INDECISIVE

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