How to Start computer

Posted on 2014-08-14
Last Modified: 2014-08-19
First, I get the normal Windows screen, then a quick dos like screen that lasts for a split second, too fast to read.  Next, there are several choices given such as last known Configuration, start normally, start with command prompt, etc.  I found a usb rescue and recovery program, and tried to boot from it, but the immediate message I get is "Disk Error".
Question by:GlenAJ
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    Try: Start with command prompt.  And type rstrui.exe to restore your computer to a previous time.
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    Use the last known good configuration first, later use the safe mode, if not open the command line and run the checkdisk.

    it will slove the problem most of the time.. Remove the usb rescue from system and try to start.

    Ensure that boot process under the BIOS has configured properly..

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    None of these suggestions will work because, no matter which one I choose
    (safe mode, command prompt, last known configuration, etc.), the computer
    starts up, then the same page appears - the one with (safe mode, command
    prompt, last known configuration, etc.)
    I should say that I know the hard drive is good because when I use it in my
    other laptop it works flawlessly.  Both laptops are Dell Inspiron 1525.
    Also, I ran a complete diagnostic check on memory, and everything passed.
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    So is it connected properly?
    Refs to>>I know the hard drive is good because when I use it in my
    other laptop it works flawlessly. << check your plugs reseat it.
    But do it when no AC on no battery in just to make sure. Sounds as if the drive is not registering  so it's not connected right.
    How are you booting it off two separate machines, windows is OEM.
    You may believe they are the same but every mobo has a unique sid? or identifier that binds the HDD windows to that motherboard.
    If you swapped once you were lucky may not be able to do it again. Put it back into the other one and it boots fine that is your answer. Sorry
    Can only use it in a slaved external case.
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    >>   the immediate message I get is "Disk Error".   <<   this points to an error in the disk chain; since you tested the drive not yet - i suggest you run a diagnostic on it  - it can also be due to disk cabling, or disk controller in the mobo
    i know you said "I know the hard drive is good because when I use it in my
     other laptop it works flawlessly" - but that test (while valid) is not complete

    for diags , i use UBCD :
    Hardware diagnostic CD    UBCD

    go to the download page, scroll down to the mirror section, and  click on a mirror to start the download
    Download the UBCD and make the cd   <<==on a WORKING PC, and boot the problem PC from it
    Here 2 links, one to the general site, and a direct link to the download

    since the downloaded file is an ISO file, eg ubcd527.iso - so you need to use an ISO burning tool
    if you don't have that software, install cdburnerXP :

    If you want also the Ram tested - run memtest86+ at least 1 full pass,  - you should have NO errors!
    For disk Diagnostics run the disk diag for your disk brand (eg seagate diag for seagate drive)  from the HDD section -  long or advanced diag !  (runs at least for30 minutes)                        ultimate boot cd             download page
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    Check to see if the SATA bios settings are not messed up. try to change it to ide or ATA from ahci mode

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    Removed hard drive and replaced it.  Works now.
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    You're lucky.
    Glad it worked
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    Great.  :-)

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