Boot disk failure.

  Prometheus5807 18:42 06 May 2006

This morning I switched my PC on and I got a BIOS message of 'BOOT DISK FAILURE' So I screamed 'NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO' and kicked it, then I opened it up, checked the cables leading from the HDD's and then rebooted. It worked. However ever since then when I'm playing music and I load something hefty into the RAM, such as a game or a complex program the music breaks up into little pieces as if the processor was doing overdrive and couldn't keep up. I'm a tad worried, and its getting on my nerves. Anybody suggest anything?

Standard floppy disk controller
Intel(R) 82801FB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 2651
Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 266F
Primary IDE Channel [Controller] (2x)
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller]

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 245.83 GB 204.36 GB free
d: (NTFS on drive 1) 250.05 GB 246.92 GB free

1536 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 512 MB
Slot 'A1' has 512 MB
Slot 'A2' has 512 MB
Slot 'A3' is Empty

3.60 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache

Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 09/21/2004

IDE DVD-ROM 16X [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Generic CF Card CF USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 2
Generic MS Card MS USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 3
Generic SD Card MMC/SD USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 4
Generic SM/XD Card SM USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 5
WDC WD2500JD-00HBB0 [Hard drive] (250.06 GB) -- drive 0
WDC WD2500JD-00HBB0 [Hard drive] (250.06 GB) -- drive 1

Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600)

I'm also firewalled and antivirused by AVG, I am also up to date with Windows updates.

  Prometheus5807 18:48 06 May 2006

Also forgot, my mouse laggs behind too when it's loading stuff. Jumps about.

  Forum Editor 18:51 06 May 2006

The boot disk failure message is always something to be concerned about, and my furst action on seeing it would be to ensure that any important data files are backed up to some form of removeable media, or at very least to another physical drive.

Then I would run a disk check.

How old is the drive?

Are the music files coming off the same drive? If they are, move a couple to another drive, and then play them whilst launching your game and/or complex program - what happens then?

  Prometheus5807 18:58 06 May 2006

I moved a music file to the other drive and played it as you said, then loaded google earth up. It still lagged behind, music and mouse. The drive isn't that old. I bought the PC in Nov 03. So 2-3 years old. But since its happening on both drives I'm guessing its not the drives and more likely to be something worse.

And I didn't kick the PC too hard. :)

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