I have an intermittent problem when sometimes my PC does not boot up when I turn it on. It appears it is looking for and not always finding the "IDE drive" and returns an error message "Master boot failure".
When I try again it usually works but not always.
I'm at a bit of a loss as I've not done anything to the PC except some weeks ago a new network card was installed to allow me to go "broadband".
Thanks. I think you could well be right - it took many attempts to start today and I've been backing up data files furiously!
Does anyone know how easy it is to create an image of my hard drive on a second drive - or pay someone to do so before it finally gives up the ghost. It's a 60Gbyte HDD. Currently I'm afraid to turn the PC off as it only struggles at the boot stage.
I've now had the following advice from Evesham - and it seems to have cured it! So for the benefit os any others...
1. Unplug PC from mains and depress "power" button for 5 secs (apparently discharges any static build up (which can cause failure of auto detect). 2. Plug back in and re-start while pressing "delete" key which takes PC into "BIOS configure" mode. 3. Select "Standard Bios" and then "Reset IDE Autodetect" (or something similar). 4. Save and Exit.
Following this my PC now seems to be behaving again!
Not sure how much of this is specific to my PC but the general principle may be applicable.
Thanks for all the help.
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