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Friends computer intrusted to fix is worse now

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by terrano, Sep 19, 2010.

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  1. terrano

    terrano Thread Starter

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    Problem now Solved

    Friends HP Pavilion running windows XP original problems were card reader was not working and no sound from speakers. When went to take hard drive home we were short on time and didn't shut it down just pulled power supply out from the back, said it would be right to do as done it over the years lots on mine and never missed a beat.
    When got it home to power it up it came up with To Reboot properly or install CD.

    The boot priority in the Bios goes CD - HDD - Network - Floppy

    But it shoes the CD is the only one installed

    Have done all the usual hitting of F1 F2 F8 F10 F12

    Can enter set up but no improvements are made, help please , he needs his computer by the end of the day ?

    Thanks
     
  2. Macboatmaster

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    I am sorry if I am being slow, but why would you take a HDD OUT of a computer on which you were trying to fix a sound problem when it needs to be in the computer with the sound problem to fix it. This is despite the stupid method of removing the HDD. If that sounds a little abrasive, if you are entrusted to fix a problem - then you should know that stopping a HDD by simply unplugging the power is one of the quickest ways to corrupt the data.
    Is the BIOS we are talking about NOT showing the drive on the computer it is in now OR is it back in the one it was in. OR have I completely misunderstood and you took the whole computer home and not just the HDD
    If it is now in another computer is it SLAVED to another drive carrying a working O/S for the computer it is in. Is it an IDE or SATA drive
     
  3. terrano

    terrano Thread Starter

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    Sorry for not being clear by not using the correct terminology - took the whole desktop home. Nature of circumstances not shutting it down properly.
     
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    Do you have the XP CD either for this computer OR an XP of the same ie: Home Professional etc.
    Also as it is not shown in the BIOS setup, check that during the moving and journey home the HDD ribbon cable or SATA cable or SATA power especially if it is SATA has not become dislodged. It is highly unlikely if it is a Molex type power connection that this has come adrift the favourites are SATA or the ribbon to the HDD or motherboard
     
  5. terrano

    terrano Thread Starter

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    Thank you Macboatmaster, have no CD's for this computer, my desktop is running XP but looks like a different edition. The computer with the fault has no floppy drive to attempt to make up a restore floppy off my desktop.

    I can check for loose cables in an hour and will report back.


    Cheers :)
     
  6. terrano

    terrano Thread Starter

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    Thank you all so very much for sharing your knowledge - computer up and running again now, problem was the molex cable from the power supply was completely off - phew what a relief. You have made my day - "Have a cracker" Cheers
     
  7. Macboatmaster

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    Pleased it was fixed and thanks for taking the touble to post result.
    Please mark thread solved
     
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