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Old 02-13-05, 12:58 AM
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Disk Boot Failure (help needed)

A couple days ago I was unable to boot Windows XP Professional on my main PC, a message appeared saying "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISC AND PRESS ENTER" -- I did nothing out of the ordinary, did not add or remove any devices...nothing.

I could not figure out what the problem was. When I inserted the Windows CD, it read the disc and it would boot up fine and the drive was fine.

So I moved the drive to another PC (as an extra drive) and it worked well, I moved some data off just in case the drive was at fault. I then ran a disk error checkup and let Windows scan and fix any errors.

I then moved the drive back to the main PC and also switched the IDE cable just in case. It booted fine, no problem! It has booted perfectly 6 or 7 times, and now tonight it is giving me the error again, "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISC AND PRESS ENTER".

I did notice something: At the bios setup screen, a message flashes up for a fraction of a second: "Primary IDE Channel No 80 Conductor Cable Installed"

Any ideas as to what the issue might be? I wonder why it worked fine for a couple days and now it doesn't?

UPDATE: When I switched IDE cables again, the "Primary IDE Channel" error message went away. Then I booted again, and it came back. In all cases the DISK BOOT FAILURE message stops me from booting to Windows from the hard drive. I am guessing it is a problem with the boot files on the boot drive.

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Old 02-13-05, 07:52 AM
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it sounds like there may be something wrong with the cable between the system board and the drive. Check the cable to make sure it is seated correctly on both ends, also make sure there are no nicks in the insulation or exposed copper wire, perhaps a severed wire or two? in the cable are causing the error message, along with the strange behavior.
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Thanks for the idea.

I ended up doing a repair install of Windows, but it did nothing. I tried 3 different IDE cables, none of them worked. I kept getting the error message "DISK BOOT FAILURE"... the other error message (Primary IDE Channel No 80 ...) did go away.

So I decided to clear the CMOS/BIOS. Surprisingly, it booted fine after that. I then updated the bios just in case. I've rebooted several times and have had no problem.

I have no idea what happened to the bios to cause it to display a "Disk error" message. I'm wondering if the problem will come back, I'll have to keep my eye on it.

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