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Old 04-01-2006, 09:26 PM   #1
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hello, i got an older computer with a 10 gb ide hard drive and a amd k-6 550 mhz processor with 312mb ram... i was installing me after i had formatted it, and the me setup ran through till after done copying files...then it rebooted...and now it won't boot off of anything...i tried floppy, cd's and nothing works...normally it will come up a dos screen-like saying "boot from atapi cd rom - no bootable cd rom found", but that note doesn't even come up anymore, instead it just sits on a black screen with "_" flashing...and the hard drive light stays on....i went into my bios and went and found it still picks up my hard drive...what may be happening...i need to get this fixed asap, thanks
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Just something random, but are you using a Daewoo by any chance?

Anyways, that looks like Windows wasn't well installed or corrupted. You need to reinstall Windows
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What is the priority boot device as written in the BIOS? Make sure that is now set to boot from harddrive.
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it won't boot off of anything...the hard drive light stays on a black screen....my bios is setup for cd rom first, i tried booting off of windows cd's but they won't boot anymore
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maybe bios corrupted...or drive corrupted...i did have windows me on drive...and then i used xp cd to create 2 partitions and formatted one of them and the other one isn't formatted...maybe mbr? i had similar problems before with mbr...but it won't boot off anything..
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How about unplugging the HDD and see if you can proceed? if it does, then try booting with the CD and floppy only. No HDD boot.
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Default Re: computer won't boot at all...please help

i just saw in my bios...hd-00, hd-01, hd-02...etc...i tried setting all 3 boot devices in that order and still the same thing....would it be hard drive..even though bios picks up hard drive?
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i think hard drive is corrupted..maybe mbr...or where i have a partition thats not formatted (raw)...i'm taking hard drive out now and see what happens...any other ideas through them at me!, thanks
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unplugged hard drive...everything's back,,,it came up...update success...and then replace system disk...now should i try plugging hard drive back in?
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yeah, try putting it back in and try to boot from cd and install windows xp this time cuz ME sucks big ass
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when i put hard drive in..it goes back to black screen with flashing "_" ..the only time computer works is when hard drive is disconnected...i also tried switching cables (ide)...and jumper settings..and had no luck..
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ok, you need to get a new hard drive
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could i try..disconnecting hard drive...booting up computer via xp cd...then plugging power cord back into hard drive?without restarting?
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nope
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you will probably fry something plugging it in while running
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could it be mbr?
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or could i try it in a new computer ..and see if i can format it there?
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i sorry for asking this, but what is mbr? lol...not so computer nerdy afterall
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master boot record
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it is the hard drive for sure...i disconnected hard drive..and works okay, except no OS installed..lol... i guess i can run Linux such as ubuntu live CD..hopefully i can find a cheap hard drive no smaller then 20gb...the hard drive was only 6 years old... .....it would be awesome if someone was able to give so more ideas to try.... i still think something with master boot record...someday when i get time, I'll hook it up to another computer as slave.
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