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By bruce ·
Upon POST, I get a boot disk failure message. I changed hard disks and still have the same problem. Pressing F2 doesn't open Setup, nor does F12 open Boot options. Simply ignores keypress until the failure message and then sticks. If I insert a CD, I get the "Press any key to boot from CD"... message, and when I do press a key, then I get the failure message again after only a few seconds.

Am using XP Pro on a Compaq Presario 5000 (yes, old it is) with 512 ram and 40gb hdd. The error occurred suddenly with no advance symptoms noted.

Anyone have any ideas?

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by NZ_Justice In reply to Boot failure - not hard d ...

sounds like your cmos battery is flat. If the cmos battery is not flat then the mother board could be damaged. It could also be your hard drive cables are faulty. Also If the red strip on the IDE cable is not plugged into the side of the HDD that has the first pin it will cause boot disk failure.

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by bruce In reply to

Thanks for the assistance.

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by bruce In reply to Boot failure - not hard d ...

Thanks for the ideas. I swapped the cable to no avail. Also checked the battery as well as swapped it, with no luck. Motherboard? Well, I guess it is going on 10 years old so I may have to say that I got my use out of it and leave it at that. Unless you or anyone else has any other ideas worth trying.

Bruce

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by Ken_shin In reply to Boot failure - not hard d ...

Hi! I guess your that's your motherboard problem coz I had into that dilemna. Ive tried every switching solutions but it didnt work.

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by bruce In reply to

Not the answer I'd like but you're probably right!!! Time for a new box....

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by entawanabi In reply to Boot failure - not hard d ...

So I know: You changed "HARDDISKS" '?'.

To my knowledge a harddisk is about a foot in diameter and, it is not a record; 33rpm, and usually at least a fourth of an inch in diameter.

What are you referring to?

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by bruce In reply to

I guess this was humor? OK, haha.

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