My son has a pc he using for gaming. XP Sp2. After returning from a vacation the machine will not boot up. It seems to be powering up correctly, displays the normal memory mgmt data, etc. The last thing it displays is F11 Acronis Starup Manager, then the display clears and the system hangs.
I tried pressing F9 to recover (one of the options in the boot up screen) when I do that I get
No HPA enabled, any key to boot. It hangs at that point, but does not clear the display.
Assuming that I had to be looking at hardware, since I hadn't changed anything, I took the skins off and gave it a good cleaning. Reset the cables, etc... the disk seems to be powered up and spinning, but of course that doesn' mean much.
I also tried recovering from the acronis backup disk...but I haven't done that before. I loaded the CD, rebooted the machine and pressed F11 when the msg came up. It read the CD and spit it back out.
I suppose it c/b a bad cd...but I'm guessing that I'm doing something wrong, so I thought I'd ask if anyone has a suggestion on what to try next. Possible bad hard drive?