My son has a computer running Win XP pro, it happened to be on when there was a power interupt to the electrical power. Now on boot up it goes through the initial memory check, then gives the message Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter. Putting in the original Win XP disc does not help( I was under the impression this was a bootable disk) I also changed the boot order to make the CD ROM first bootble device but this did not appear to work. Also looking at the Standard CMOS it is not recognising any hard drive. Can anyone make any diagnostic suggestions.Thanks
As you forecast Woodchip on the first test pass, all passed as satisfactory. Also now I have heard on boot up there is a more "fatal" type mechanical noise similar to a 31/2 floppy searching for a disk, which appears to originate from the hard drive area. I don't think it looks good unless anyone has any other ideas. Woodchip, already tried the auto detect but no joy. For info the system does have a surge protector but I assume the electical interrupt was the straw that broke the hard drives back!!!
That was quicker than I thought. The program registers no detectable drives. Tried brand new cables but no joy I am afraid. I think I am going to have to call it quits, and either build him a new one or buy one. Thanks for your help guys. will leave the thread open for a couple of hours to see if anyone has any other ideas then will mark it resolved