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Boot Disk Failure!

By Dracsul19 ·
I just tried upgrading my computer last night to 2 gigs of ram from 1 gig. after I installed the ram I kept getting frozen at the windows XP loading screen. I pulled the plug once and restarted it worked fine once but my wireless network card became uninstalled. so I restarted to install it now I have a boot disk failure. can anyone help me? by the way I dont have a copy of XP its a compaq so it was pre-loaded.

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Remove the added RAM and try again.

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Boot Disk Failure!

Obviously, the RAM you installed isn't compatible with what you already had. Remove what you added and try again.

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hmm..

by Dracsul19 In reply to Remove the added RAM and ...

I tried removing the new ram and putting the old ones back and got nothing. Is there anything else anyone can suggest before I replace the drive?

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You could ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to hmm..

Take a long step back and review all of what you've done.

"I just tried upgrading my computer last night to 2 gigs of ram from 1 gig."

How was the 1GB made up and how was the 2GB made up (how many sticks each and what type) ?

"... after I installed the ram I kept getting frozen at the windows XP loading screen. I pulled the plug once and restarted it worked fine once but my wireless network card became uninstalled.

How did it become uninstalled - did you knock it out of its socket maybe ? Did it disappear from Device Manager or just become disabled ?


"... so I restarted to install it now I have a boot disk failure. can anyone help me? by the way I dont have a copy of XP its a compaq so it was pre-loaded"

What EXACTLY is the boot disk failure ?
What is the error message ?

If you've been repeatedly inside the system case maybe you've knocked some components.

IMHO too much has happened too quickly to justify scrapping/replacing the HDD, without further investigation. All this has happened since you upgraded the RAM - the physical knocking of a component or a connector is far more likely than your drive dying. :)


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Excuse me - can I have an answer ??? <NT>

by OldER Mycroft In reply to You could ...
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Re: You could ..

by Dracsul19 In reply to You could ...

It had 2 512 sticks in it I upgraded to two 1 gig sticks

I think I did knock out the Nic

It just said Boot disk failure, insert system disk and press enter

I checked all the connections in the PC and nothing seems loose.

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Did you check all your other drives ? ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Re: You could ..

'Insert system disk' usually results from the system finding something - not nothing.

You did check the cd/dvd drive and any floppy drive, didn't you ?

Was there a usb drive attached at boot up ?

I just don't buy that your hard drive dies as a result of putting some RAM in.

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I did yes..

by Dracsul19 In reply to Did you check all your ot ...

No disks in the cd or dvd drive and I dont have a floppy. there is nothing attached to my usb ports accept my wireless mouse ( I removed it and tried booting still nothing)

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Recovery disks on the way!

by Dracsul19 In reply to I did yes..

I caved and called HP and had them mail out a set of recovery disks. they will be here thursday and hopefully my problems are solved. I'll post back then! thanks for all the advice!

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Recovery discs - for a Boot Drive failure ? ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to I did yes..

I'm not sure that was necessarily the best action to take, unfortunately.

You could still have a bad HDD.

On the other hand, if as I suspect, there is nothing wrong with the HDD - you could recover it for nothing.

Mmm... I think computers were invented to make us spend, spend, spend.

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Re. Boot Disk Failure!

Do not do anything to the disk, why i say this is because it will be possible to extract data from the drive. The second thing is you will need a new drive and a new copy of XP to load onto your computer. If you are within warranty then it would be good to send off the computer for them to re-install the operating system, though you can do it yourself, but you will have to pay for the XP operating system. You will need a external hdd case for your failed drive. Wrap your old drive in plastic and store it in your freezer, when you have the operating system (xp) and the hdd external case then all you do is first install the os (operating system) on your new drive (make sure all the updates are included), then attach the "frozen" drive in the external case and attach that to your "usb" port, click on your "my computer" icon and you should be able to see your old drive, ( you will have a very short time to do this) extract all your docs and files if possible before the drive dies.
Hope this helps you.

Please post back if you have anymore problems or questions.

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