anonymous
  • anonymous
PC problem help !!! When i boot my pc it sometimes boots properly while sometimes given "Boot disk failure" error. Don't know what is happening. I have linux on it. I tried reinstalling the OS but didn;t work, what according to you is it ???
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farmdawgnation
  • farmdawgnation
Sorry, this forum is more for a discussion on Computer Science as an academic subject rather than a place to receive technical support. That said, it sounds like it may be hardware related. If your cable between your Motherboard and HDD is bad, it can cause that to happen. As can any number of problems with the disk itself.
anonymous
  • anonymous
Sounds like a faulty memory stick.
anonymous
  • anonymous
its the boot disc problem..tr with other boot disc of the OS you want..:)

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stormfire1
  • stormfire1
Below are a few common reasons for this error and my suggestions: 1) Loose/faulty cable between motherboard and drive - disconnect and reconnect the cable...swap it out if you have another one. This is the simplest check but it's unlikely that it's the problem unless you've been messing around inside the case. 2) Hardware issue with the drive (most likely): There are basically 2 issues that come up often on hard drives: a) The drive sometimes doesn't spin up (motor issues). If you pay attention when you start the computer, you should hear it spin up as well as the head moving from it's parked position (it sounds just like a HD access...a faint tick). If it's not spinning up or otherwise doing anything at the time of the error, replace the HD ASAP. b) The drive is having problems reading/writing to the disk (platter/head issues). If this is the case, you can try performing a low-level format (LLF) on the drive if you find the MFR's utility to do it online. Not all drive companies post these though. A LLF is preferable because it will check 100% of the drive for bad sectors, try to fix them and if that fails, mark them so they are no longer used. If you get a LOT of bad sectors, replace the drive before it fails completely. If you can't get your hands on a LLF utility then at least do a Full format (not a "Quick" format). Again, if you gets lots of errors...replace the drive ASAP. 3) CMOS battery is dying...I've seen this cause this problem before. The CMOS battery is on your motherboard and usually can be replaced for < $10. 4) If you've added/removed hard drives recently, check the master/slave jumper settings on each (if they have them). A mismatch here will cause it to skip checking the drive for the OS and yes, it could be intermittent depending on the timing of the drive spinups. 5) Motherboard issue (very unlikely) - try moving the drive to another connector. That's my 2 cents...good luck!
stormfire1
  • stormfire1
BTW: It's *highly* unlikely to be a memory issue...if it were you'd get some beeps and/or a memory error displayed on the screen during boot up. The POST (Power-On Self-Test) checks the memory slots before the BIOS even looks for hard drives. Having said that, I'd still make sure the memory sticks didn't get loose since you're already in there.

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