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Old 03-26-2009, 02:12 PM   #1
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I have been getting an error on boot up, It says a "Disc read error has occured, press ctrl-alt-delete to restart" I can sometimes by pass this by pressing f12. I was wondering if this is a hard drive problem or is it my motherboard maybe or ram, I'm totally clueless since this error has happened by computer has been running very slowly and cant even install games that it used to be able to handle, loading has been very slow and overall performance has been very choppy. Also the screen has gotten kind of "wavy" you can see lines running across it almost

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Old 03-26-2009, 02:47 PM   #2
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From what my previous knowledge offers, this seems to be a corrupted hard drive. Disk read error means that the Windows boot files that your BIOS is trying to read cannot be found/ are corrupted. Check all the connections inside your computer to make sure that hard dive cables aren't lose, and if all else fails, you may have to try a reinstall of XP. If that reinstall should fail, Your hard drive is likely dead and you will need a new one.
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Check the power supply unit first. Do not turn system on with out switching out the power supply for one that you know works. Bad or malfunctioning Power supply units can sometimes damage the motherboard or ruin them completely, popular on
Emachines for this to happen.

They are quite easy to remove and replace.

Go here for instructions: https://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/362

If power supply checks out, then next test your harddrive and run memtest86 also:

Harddrive Utility: https://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

Memtest86: https://www.memtest86.com/

Burn these files to 2 cd`s and run them.

Please follow instructions in this order.
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Old 03-27-2009, 09:38 AM   #4
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what are you running
video card
cpu
m/board
ram
power supply
brand
wattage

check the listings in the bios for voltages and temperatures and post them


check your drives are running in dma mode



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