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My Computer is Dead - Not booting what I tell it to...

Discussion in 'DOS/Other' started by CalamityCat, Jan 7, 2011.

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  1. CalamityCat

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    For no seemingly no reason, my computer has just stopped doing anything right.
    I got home today, it said "BOOT MGR Missing" or something similar - I've seen this before, it's trying to boot off my second hard drive. So I go into the boot menu, select the correct one - but it still boots from the wrong hard drive.

    So, I removed the wrong hard-drive from the system. It begins booting then asks whether I want to fix it, or start windows properly. Upon trying to fix it, it gives me the blue screen of death stating:

    "*** STOP: 0X000000A5 (0x00000000000000011) etc...

    When starting windows normally, it reboots.
    I've done memory diagnostics, it just finished then rebooted (changed nothing).

    So I realised that it is probably time for a full refresh, but I'll need my important documents.
    I burn Arch Linux onto a disc and then insert it - but wouldn't you know, even why I try to boot of the disk, it disobeys and tries to boot from the hard drive again...

    I honestly don't know what's going on, I don't think it's hardware - but please enlighten me.
    As long as I keep my important documents, I don't care what happens.

    Any help will be much appreciated!
    Thanks!
     
  2. JennyJackson01

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    I think that code relates to the machine not being ACPI compliant but if it`s been working okay until now, it might not be that simple.

    Try running a system repair from the original installation disk.

    Jenny
     
  3. bp936

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    What operating system do you have, what version? If it's Windows, you should ask to move your question to that section, more people will read your post there than in the DOS section. Also it would help to know more about your computer, laptop - desktop, what brand etc.
     
  4. JennyJackson01

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    To bp936 ... I was guessing it`s Windows 7 as that`s what CalamityCat has under her computer specs icon by her name although it would have been an idea to confirm it, for sure.

    Jenny
     
  5. bp936

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    Jenny you're correct, if she comes back it should be moved to that section.
     
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    That would be a problem as the OP says her PC won't boot from a CD. In this case I think I'd recommend moving it to hardware, but I could be wrong-I work more with software than hardware.

    (Opposite case of the saying that if all you have is a hammer then every problem looks like a nail. Since I'm lazy, if all I have is a hammer then every problem looks like a job for a screwdriver.)
     
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