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Old 06-23-2011, 02:53 PM   #1
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long story here; son brought computer to me..6 year old had messed it up and he was getting boot disc failure. I reinstalled valid copy of win XP. installed all updates and a few games for the grandkids. I showed him what I had installed and how to run the M$ security essentials. we rebooted while it was here and all was fine. he took computer home and got ..boot disc failure so he brought it back to me. The next morning I plugged it in here and it ran great..rebooted several times..no problem. I took it over to their house today and...you guessed it...boot disc failure!

What on earth is going on?
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Power issue? Try plugging it in somewhere else.
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:51 PM   #3
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Make sure there are no USB devices (Flash Drives, USB HDD's etc) plugged into the computer and no discs in any of the drives including the floppy and CD.
Check the connections to the HDD and to the motherboard, if connections are loose from moving it around you would get this error or the HDD may be starting to fail. When it's booted go to Start/Run and type chkdsk C: /R and press enter. Then type a Y and reboot the computer. The Check Disk utility will run at next bootup.
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