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Solved: Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk And Press Enter

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  1. rammyboy

    rammyboy Thread Starter

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    Hi i have a self built pentium 4 pc that wont boot.
    When i turn it on there is a very long wait at the HP Invent screen (it is a ms 6577 ver 2.1 board) and when it finally gets to the black screen with the slashing dash in the top left hand corner it just flashes for around a minute before saying "DISK BOOT FAILURE. INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"
    I have managed to get it to boot once by going into the recovery tool on the XP disk and using "FIXBOOT" but that only worked once and it wont work any more. The specs of the pc are,

    PENTIUM 4 1.8GHZ 478
    MS 6577 VER 2.1 BOARD
    256 MB RAM
    20 GB WESTERN DIGITAL HARD DRIVE.

    There is nothing to lose on this PC. Thanks in advance. Alex
     
  2. norton850

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    This is one of those problems where it's best to proceed in a systematic way. The problem could be hardware or software. Let's start with simple hardware items

    Make sure no floppies or CDs in their respective drives.
    Make sure hard drive is listed as one of the boot devices in BIOS.
    Make sure hard drive is recognized when you start up or in BIOS. If not check cables.

    Post back if/when you have tried these.
     
  3. rammyboy

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    Theres no disk in the floppy, It is listed in the bios, and all of the cables are seated correctly. Thanks
     
  4. norton850

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    Using your windows installation CD you can do a repair install using the second repair option (not the recovery console)
    To further check your hard drive go to the drive manufacturer web site and download and run the diagnostic utility.
     
  5. rammyboy

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    I have done a check using the diagnostic tool with Wetsern Digital and it says theres nothing wrong there but could you please instruct me on how to do thgis properly? I downloaded the tool on another pc, made the floppy and ran it but it didnt look as though it did anything to me?

    Will this fix the slow HP boot screen or is that bios related?
     
  6. norton850

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    Do you have a full copy of windows XP or just a recovery CD from HP? Do you have any diagnostic CDs from HP?
     
  7. rammyboy

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    The motherboard was bought off ebay it is not in an actual HP machine so i dont have them but i do have full xp
    Thanks ill try reinstalling xp but i dont think this will speed up the 3 minute wait on the load up boot screen?
     
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    Hi, i have done a fresh install on the hard drive with xp pro and am getting
    "Invalid system disk, replace the disk and press any key to continue"
    Please help? Thanks
     
  10. norton850

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    Just to recheck something what is the boot order in BIOS?
     
  11. rammyboy

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    Cdrom Then Hd Then Floppy
     
  12. norton850

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    It may not matter but what happens if you make the hard drive first?
     
  13. rammyboy

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    still displays same message
     
  14. SirKenin

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    Western Digital. Hrmph. It has probably toasted itself. WD has a way of doing that on a more than regular basis. I would bet that if you replaced the HDD you wouldn't have any more problems.

    You could also try zeroing the drive, but I think this is another typical WD mechanical failure.

    You can dowload the WD Diags here.
     
  15. rammyboy

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    What does "zeroeing" do to the drive and how do i do it? i saw it on the diagnostics disk when i was on it. Thanks
     
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