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"disk read error press ctl+alt+delete to restart

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Belcad, Jul 18, 2002.

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  1. Belcad

    Belcad Thread Starter

    Jul 18, 2002
    When setting up a win2k pro system, I accidentally swapped the mouse and the keyboard. Seems harmless enough. When it booted up everything seemed fine, I was in win2k desktop. I realized that the mouse and keyboard were switched. I tapped a key on the keyboard, and win2k crashed into a black screen with a blinking cursor. I switched the cables, rebooted and now I get the following error "disk read error press ctl+alt+delete to restart" and I am unable to get any further. The bios seems to be autosensing the drive just fine. This is an NTFS drive. Any thoughts? :confused:
  2. SexyTech


    Mar 27, 2002
    Try booting the system to the "Recovery Console" and run chkdsk!

    the full syntax you want to type is "chkdsk /r" (without quotes)

    When chkdsk completes, you should be good to go!
  3. ITW


    Jul 17, 2002
    i've seen this before.... unfortunately i ended up having to re-install windows
  4. mapman


    Jul 16, 2002
    If I read the order of your process correctly, you state you swapped the mouse and keyboard, then rebooted.

    I hope you had the machine off before you swapped the keyboard and mouse. Doing so while the machine is on will blow up the motherboard.

    I have seen that before.

    My 2 cents worth,

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