Problem on PC startup

  Hetti 16:39 15 Dec 2009

On occasion my PC says something like...........
Boot failure please insert disk, I closed down PC and tried to startup again and it booted as normal.
This has happened about four time in the last three days.

I have Win XP and IE 8.

  retep888 16:53 15 Dec 2009

Start button> Run >cmd >chkdsk see if it helps, you may have to run chkdsk /f afterwards.

  howard64 16:55 15 Dec 2009

it could be the psu being slow to put the full voltage out. This is probably one of those faults that must get much worse in order to identify and then correct it.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:02 15 Dec 2009

Before you do anything else make sure you have backed up all your data.

Look for your hard drive manufacturers web site and download their diagnostic software for the drive.

As drives get older, they can take longer to get up to speed and become ready (available). This can then exceed the time it takes for the booting to look for the drive - so it doesn't find it.
The solution is often to make the initial part of the boot take longer, by disabling "Quick power on self test and/or making the system look for the floppy drive first by enabling "floppy seek".
Some BIOS even have a facility to put in a delay before the hard disk is checked.

  Hetti 17:12 15 Dec 2009

Thanks guys

I will do as you suggest and get back here later.


  Hetti 21:18 15 Dec 2009

Hi guys

I did as you suggested, chkdsk and disabled quick power on self test, and at the moment its fine.

Did not get diagonostic software from Maxtor yet, if this does not help I will try that.


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