windows boot manager vista

I have a windows boot manager error
"Windows has encountered a problem communicating with a device connected to your computer.
This error can be caused by unplugging a removable storage device suchas an external usb drive while the device is in use, or by faulty hardware such as a hard drive or CD-ROM drive that is failing. Make sure any removable storage is properly connected and then restart your computer.
If you continue to receive this error message, contact the hardware manufacturer.
File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Status: OxcOOOOOe9
Info; An unexpected I/O error has occurred.

Also I can not get into safe mode. Can not boot from the CD drive. Everything reverts back to this same screen.
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Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
It sounds like you possibly have a faulty hard drive or windows has somehow lost the drivers for it. (assuming its a SATA drive)

Try running a repair.
bitsbytes06Author Commented:
How do I run a repair when i cant get anywhere. is there a way around this?
Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
Use your installation media to run the repair, try that first if that can't find your hard drive you may want to start thinking about buying a new one.

Do you have another hardrive you can test in your machine or can you take your hardrive and tes it in another machine just to make sure.

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Since you can boot neither CD nor hard drive then this sounds like a pretty generalised hardware problem.
It could be faulty memory - use the built-in Windows Memory Diagnostic (scroll down for how to do it on a system that won't boot properly):
If that passes, disconnect all peripherals inside the PC case except the hard drive and see if it will then boot.
If not, disconnect the hard drive and try just the CD drive.

I presume you've not fiddled with any BIOS settings and left it unstable?  And what actually happens when you try and boot from CD?
bitsbytes06Author Commented:
Did end up replacing the hard drive and all is well. I was just hoping to squeeze the life out of the old one I guess. Thanks for your help.
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