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Burning smell then no reboot!!

By Complore ·
To explain a little of the problem I have outlined chronologically what has happened:

1] The PC in question was bought Oct 2000.

2] It has recently been updated to Windows 2000 and Office XP.

3] The KEyboard changed from English UK to English US Default settings and when I tried to rectify this through the control panel, it would not call up any dialogue boxes.

4] MS Outlook XP came up with a error box asking for a detect and Repair.

5] Detect and repair was run through the HELPoption. WHen asked to shut down, we did.

6] On turning the PC back on an electrical wire burning smell came from the back of the PC and when trying to boot up the PC stops with an Invalid Boot Diskette Error A: and asks me for a valid one. There is no diskette in the computer.

I desparately need to get information off the hard drive. Is there any way through Set-up to get past this message? Does this mean a wire ahs burnt through and I will no longer be able to access my computer?

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by billc124 In reply to Burning smell then no reb ...

It sounds like something inside the computer is fried. Is there a warranty on it or is this just a clone. If it has a warranty, call the manufacturer and see what they say. If not, then you can always put that drive in another computer as a slave and access from the other PC's operating system. Your best bet is to put the drive in another Windows 2000 computer. You can then access the data and copy it to another drive, etc... If however, the burning smell was something getting fried, it could have ruined your hard drive, in which case you can't get anything back. If it were me, I would put the drive in another PC and see if you can access the data. If you don't know that much about computers, hire a technician to come and look at it, if the data is that important to you these are the steps I would take.

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by dmiles In reply to Burning smell then no reb ...

Form what you described it could be the power supply has burned out open the computer case and check the wires for any melting,check the wiring near the power switch also.Reads as though you have damaged the motherboard also.
Take the hard drive out of the computer and install in another computer to see if the drive will boot.If this does not work there is little else to be done to get the info off the drive,unless the data is important enough to use a data recovery vendor.

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by Netmare In reply to Burning smell then no reb ...

My first thought is the data cable coming from your hard drive going to your motherboard. Invalid Boot Diskette Error A:
is common when the BIOS is unable to read the master hard drive. Try replacing/checking the data cable. If that doesn't work then you may have a problem with the motherboard, or the power supply wire going to your harddrive. I would send it back if at all possible. To get Information off of the drive slaving shouldn't be a problem as long as the drive wasn't damaged.

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by ojmj In reply to Burning smell then no reb ...

You didn't mention if this was a custom-built PC or factory made. There is one thing I would add to SoulRider's advice:

If this is a clone (or custom build,) it sounds to me like it could be in the Floppy/Hard Drive controller card. If you aren't going with the warranty repair, I would suggest that you do this:

Disconnect all power; make sure that any static build-up has been grounded; pull the cover off the computer and find the broad, flat wire that is connected to the hard drive. Follow that to the Hard/Floppy controller card, and remove that from the slot. Inspect this card visually to see if there are any scorch marks on it. If so, replace it. If not -- or if the broad, flat wire plugs directly into the mother board, you'll need to see where the scorching is located and replace whatever it is that needs to be replaced. Hopefully it won't be the hard drive.

Good luck.

O.J.

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by billc124 In reply to Burning smell then no reb ...

In response to the last post. If this is a fairly new computer, you will not be able to remove the Hard/Floppy drive controller since in most of the PC's that I have seen lately have had these built onto the Motherboard.

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