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Posted on 2004-09-26
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I'm getting an intermittent Disk Boot Failure error with a new PC I've built. It boots fine when I've not used it in a while, but I encounter the problem as soon as I do a restart from within Windows XP Pro. I've tried playing around with the BIOS, but no luck. What could be causing this?
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by:zvitam
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"It boots fine when I've not used it in a while"

That's the point, your system is probably overheating, check the fans ( especially the CPU ) and all the case fans, maybe your system becomes just too hot tp function....
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Your hard disk could be going bad.  Have you ever heard any clicking or scratching noises from the hard drive?  I have had some IBM/Western Digital hard drives before that gave me the exact problem you describe.  If you can, replace your current hd with another and see if this continues to happen.  btw, I have even had this happen with brand new hard drives so just cause it's new doesn't matter.  Most likely it's not a overheating problem.  If it was an overheating problem it would happen when xp was running, not after a reboot.

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I would say it is a harddrive related problem. However I would be more inclined to look at the IDE port rather than the HDD itself. If you have another machine available , try the hdd in that machine and see if you get the same problem.
Alternatively try another hDD that you know works fine in another machine and try install it in the problem machine.

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by:rbaum
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Switching the cable to the spare IDE slot seems to have worked -- at least for now. Let me try it out for a few days before awarding the points to  Weinberger.
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OK,  problem seems to be fixed. Thanks all. The points go to Weinberger for isolating it as an IDE problem.
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