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Hi, whilst cleaning out my PC and doing some general maintenance, my P4 3.0GHz processor suffered some damage, one of the pins has broken off. I put the processor back in anyway and the PC seems to boot fine, however I now get the following message:

"DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"

Is this due to my processor being damaged, or is there a problem with my hard drive? I've made sure the cable is plugged in correctly, and when I load my Windows XP Pro recovery disk it does not seem to detect the hard drive so I cannot install a new installation.

Any suggestions?
 

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Ok, i've fixed the hard drive. My PC is working no problem, but due to the fact that my Processor is missing a pin, will this affect my system performance at all?
 

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This could in the future.
I would not rely on the CPU.
This is one of the reasons Intel went with the LGA775 arrangement.
 

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get the cpu out of there befor you short your mainboard. like the other user said the lga775 cpus have no pins and are more durable. i even dropped mine while i was putting together my new pc and it was fine
 
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