Friends Pc suddenly failed to boot

  Steinman 00:13 15 Jul 2003

He text to me this - "my pc is failing to boot . it cant get to safe mode... the screen says...RPL-ROM-ADR 0007 9526 1816 RPL-ROM-PIO D400 RPL-ROM-FFC 5 NOT FOUND IT THEN asks for a boot disk in drive A. put disk in, cant read disk. HELP........."

  CliffP 00:36 15 Jul 2003

Check all connections from back of hard drive to motherboard. Make sure they're all seated firmly.

  keith-236785 08:47 15 Jul 2003

Has he just installed anything prior to this happening.

looks like a real player driver fault, can he cancel the request for the floppy and finish loading windows in safe mode?

if so he can uninstall (or reinstall) real player

then try to boot normally again

  keith-236785 08:53 15 Jul 2003

If his hard drive supports S.M.A.R.T., then he should enable it in the bios.

that will confirm/rule out hard drive failure probs.

  Jester2K II 09:21 15 Jul 2003

Its his Ethernet Card.

Try removing it before booting or disableing in the BIOS if onboard.

Has he tried to flash his Ethenet Card BIOS??

Or is the cable loose??

  Steinman 18:05 15 Jul 2003

Thanks for your original replies folks.
Jester2K II
How do you flash Ethernet Card BIOS?
You wrote "If his hard drive supports S.M.A.R.T., then he should enable it in the bios."
Can you please explain how?

  Steinman 13:02 17 Jul 2003

should have added Windows Me

  keith-236785 11:55 18 Jul 2003


this one is ok though

when the computer is starting up you get a black screen, it should say "press Del to enter setup"

when you see this, press the del or delete key

the screen should go blue and a menu of available options will appear, choose the second one down on the left (you will have to use the cursor keys to navigate and page up/down to alter settings.

look for the S.M.A.R.T hard drive setting and select Enabled.

then press escape to exit that screen then press F10 to save and exit, you might have to press "Y" if there is a N showing. press enter and the setting will be saved and your computer will restart

please be careful in the bios.

  Steinman 22:36 19 Jul 2003

He tried it & no joy.
Thanks for suggestion anyway.

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