Originally Posted by Mal
"Disk boot failure. Please insert system disk and press enter."
This would be not so strange had it occured during boot process, however, the computer had been on for a while and randomly decided to go to a black screen and then gave the message above.
Anyone have any ideas as to why this would happen at an apparent random point in time. The pc in question has been very recently formatted and reinstalled to perfect working order. (win xp pro)
Thanks in advance
As the pc was running at the time and not booting I doubt it is boot order. My guess is it rebooted after and error/crash, possibly to do with the hdd and that is why you get the boot error message.
Possible disk failure, do you have S.M.A.R.T. monitoring enabled?
Other causes could be loose cable, faulty cable, plug not pushed firmly into drive or m/board, power plug not pushed firmly home, failing IDE/SATA channel on the m/board etc.
Depending on if it boots up again I'd go to the manufacturers website and d/load and run diagnostic tools. I'd also check none of the plugs are loose.