error loading operating system

  Taw® 18:46 05 May 2009

The above error shows when switching on computer. Have tried to reinstall xp home, formats drive o and begins to load windows then the error comes again. Possible hard drive failure?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:10 05 May 2009

could be drive or the data cable

try swapping the cable with the one for your DVD drive and retry.

  Taw® 19:45 05 May 2009

thanks, checked cable but seems ok

  woodchip 19:51 05 May 2009

If you have the OS disc start with CD then choose setup let it look for a OS when it finds it click it to Select the press R for Repair

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:52 05 May 2009

boot into recovery console from the XP CD and at the prompt type chkdsk /r

  Taw® 20:24 05 May 2009

chkdsk run % starts to rise after 70% next line shows 50% completed and stops there with no further activity

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:30 05 May 2009

try running chkdsk /f

if you can get it to finish then it will have repaired the drive.

  Taw® 21:30 05 May 2009

tried that run ok but still same error when started

  woodchip 09:11 06 May 2009

May be a Memory Fault

  Taw® 14:27 06 May 2009

Will check memory later on tonight, cheers

  Taw® 20:52 19 May 2009

went into BIOS changed HDD from auto to large and all went ok

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