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A disc read error occurred + Error loading operating system

Q: A disc read error occurred + Error loading operating system

I turned on my PC today for the first time in maybe 6mo, slow to boot up but that's expected. Got maybe ten minutes into using it (just fine, might I add. Linked to wifi, etc) and Norton popped up needing to restart the computer. Hit restart now, ten minutes
go by, PC is still trying to shut down. Black screen but the fan is running. I shut it off completely, push the power button again, and get the disc error. Try to restart twice with CtrlAltDel but same error. Finally soft reset (or try to, no indication that
holding the power button does anything) and then got the "Error loading operating system" screen. Now depending on how I restart it (trying to boot from the BIOS menu or boot menu) I get the disc read error but eventually come back to the OS error.

Nothing can get me into the system, period. I'm doing this from a secondary non-PC device. Any help is appreciated. I can get by on software fixes but I'm completely useless with hardware so all of the quick fix tips I've vaguely read have mentioned removing
things from the actual console which I'm hoping I won't have to do.
Please help thanks

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Preferred Solution: A disc read error occurred + Error loading operating system

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Recently i have been experiencing "disk read error press ctrl+alt+del to restart " and "Error loading operating system " most of the times i start my pc .
So what i have been doing is removing the two chords connected to my second hard disk and reconnecting them again .By this way my pc works just fine .
But isn't their a permanent solution to it ?

A:disk read error and error loading operating system

Recently i have been experiencing "disk read error press ctrl+alt+del to restart " and "Error loading operating system " most of the times i start my pc .So what i have been doing is removing the two chords connected to my second hard disk and reconnecting them again .By this way my pc works just fine .But isn't their a permanent solution to it ?There's no permanent solution for all problem situation.But usually for the same hardware problem, it will work again .

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Please help 'disc read disc error occurred' on start up and I cannot get XP to start,I have put a recovery disc in and got to the dos menu started scandisc seems to be taking for ever (5% in 3hours).can I recover my doc's for my University course:help anyone
Thanks for looking
Tone

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Hi all, first time poster so please be gentle!

Yesterday, I replaced an ailing DVD writer, nothing complicated, a straight SATA swap. When I restarted, I was met with A DISK READ ERROR OCCURRED. PRESS CTRL ALT DEL TO RESTART. I did, and the machine booted successfully, but ever since my HD read/write times have been woeful. Using HDTune to benchbark write speed, I get around 4.5mb/s - compared to over ten times that on my other three hard drives (two internal and one external connected via USB). The two internal drives which are working normally are PATA, as opposed to the snail-pacer which is SATA.

In case the drive is about to fail, I'm currently backing up its data to one of the fully working drives so I can't try anything yet, but I was wondering if anyone else had dealt with a similar scenario and had any ideas how to go about fixing it?

Many thanks in advance!
 

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When the computer starts right away i get this error message= a disk read occured press ctrl + alt + del to restart. My system is xp pro.

A:A disk read error occurred message when loading xp

System manufacturer and model?

Louis

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I'm lost. Honestly. I thought that there was nothing I couldn't do with the internet at hand, but this has completely stumped me. So, yeah...that's the message I get when I boot up. I've practically disassembled my PC to see what's up...visually speaking nothing looks wrong, it's all clean, everything's plugged into the right place, so that shouldn't be the problem. I can't access safe mode, it just won't let me, nor can I reinstall XP (it says "system is analysing your hardware" and then the screen goes blank and nothing happens). I've done diagnostics five times and apparently nothing's wrong. I don't care what happens to my files, there's nothing on there which I'm desperate to save, I just don't want to have wasted all of my money. Any help? I'm sure I can give hardware information if necessary.
 

A:"A Disc Read Error has Occurred. Press CTRL + ALT + DEL to Restart"

You may have to Format your hrd drive and clear off the old installation of windows first.

You cant get to the area of installation that would allow you to do that. See if you can download from the hard drive manufacturer, who-ever that may be, thier hard disc maintenance tools. Such as Seatools for Seagate, or MaxBlast for Maxtor. Creating a bootable disc of which ever one youneed to use you should be able to partition and refomat the hard drive as these will boot with out attempting to boot from your hard drive. Also you can run a HDD test from the same disc telling you if you have a gone bad hard drive.
 

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I dont know if this is the right thread, but here goes.

I try to start my Dell Inspiron 5010 laptop and I get "A disk read error occurred. Press Ctrl Alt Del to recover"

Every page I've Googled about this error tells me my hard drive is shot and needs to be replaced. I'm in total denial so, can this really be? Have I lost all my data?

Does the hard drive need to be gutted and replaced?

Thanks.

A:"A Disc Read Error Has occurred" during Startup - Dell laptop

Hello there and welcome to the forums Doomdaddy!

If you want to be absolutely sure whether your drive is gutted/or still recoverable, try and pull it out of the laptop and place it into an external USB caddy/enclosure, and plug it into a working system to see whether the system can detect it or not...

You can also try to reseat the the drive in the laptop by taking it out and putting it back in again after a cold shutdown..

Hope that helps!

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Well it must be one of those weeks for me as my 2 old laptops are out of oder right now (see here for the other one http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/1064313-laptop-keeps-restarting.html).

Ibm 600x thinkpad (windows xp sp3)can't reboot properly showing Error loading operating system message only or error 190 while I press whatever key to get into bios or change this.

Any advice on this welcome, I currently have my 2 machines down. Thanks.
 

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So im really stressed out, I was using Driver Updaters, and all of a sudden my computer turned off and when I turn it on it says" Error Loading Operating System". I looked on the internet and it says its something about BIOs which I know nothing about. Can somebody PLEASE help me, I really can't lose data. My computer is a HP Pro 3000 MT running Windows XP. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Error Loading Operating System Error

Try tapping F8 on boot up and select " Safe Mode", if that does not work try "last known configuration that worked". Keep away from driver updaters and registry cleaners.

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I left my Dell Inspirion 600 laptop on over night and it died. Once I charged it and turned it back on the next day, I received this error upon starting windows...

Loading PBR for descriptior 2...done.

A disk read error occurred
Press CTRL+ALT+Del to restart

Is it possible my hard drive just crashed??

*Currently using my Dell Desktop PC to research info on this error

Thanks

A:Loading PBR for descriptor 2... done "A disk read error occurred"

hi, do you have a diagnostics partition on your inspiron, on mine I press F12 as the computer boots. If you do, run the extended test on the hard drive. At this point I should ask if your important files/pics etc are backed up as any test on a failing hard drive is intensive. You ask if your hard drive "just crashed", have you tried restarting to see if you have access.

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I'm trying to fix my friends Hp and I usually know what im doing. But here I have no idea what to do.

I tried going into the bios to change the boot order to cd to format and I can't. Can anyone tell me what to do.

-I changed out his hard drive with mine and it does nothing. just posts and goes to a black screen instead of trying to boot and blue screening as it usually do when you change hardrives between two computers

-Changed the Ide cables no luck.

Any ideas
 

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Hey all! I am pretty new to this kind of Win7 issues, so I hope some of you will be able to help. Story goes...

After few hours of gaming the computer died. (It happened right after switching keyboards.) Now, on every setup BIOS(?) comes up with list of options (F2 enter BIOS, F11 boot options, F6 Flash etc.). After that a black screen with error message comes up: Missing Operating System.

I tried rebooting from USB (since I have no disk-drive) and I keep on getting the answer: Error Loading Operating System.

Any ideas?

Thx
 

A:Missing Operating System/Error Loading Operating System

All unlikely, but possible - (a) your HDD died. (b) your bios became corrupted (c) your HDD boot sector became corrupted (d) your HDD partition is corrupted.

Does the drive spin up when you switch on (feel it)?
Check the bios to see if the HDD is reported correctly and is at the top of the boot order.
Find a bootable CD - an OS installer, or create Easeus partition manager bootable CD http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm and boot from it. What does the HDD look like with Easueus?
 

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Last night I was playing an online game... It froze on me so I decided I would take out the battery (so I could turn it off... Stupid, yeah? I know...). When I turn it on now, it has the message: Error loading operating system. I'm not sure what to do about it... If anyone has any idea on how this even got here in the first place, please do tell. Umm... Not much more to say, except for the fact, if you guys don't mind, please put things into simple terms. :D

A:Error loading operating system.

I take it that it doesn't complete loading Vista? Can you open in Safe Mode?

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Hi guys, tired man here.

All was well... until an error message chose to appear every time I boot my pc.

"Error loading operating system"

I've tried switching from Auto to Large (no change), I've tried mounting my windows partition in linux (doesn't even work although is has before) and It's looking like im screwed for good.

Does anyone know anything that would help me?

The best solution would be actually loading the operating system, but if that's not possible then the next port of call would be somehow backing up files (read something about hooking it up as a slave to another machine?)

Well, thanks for taking your time to read. And hopefully one of you wizards can help me

Thanks,
danny
 

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Hi Peeps, I Need Some Serious Help Here.

1, I Came Into Work This Morning And Got The Above Message.

2, I Have Been Scouring The Internet For Help To Fix This Problem, But None Seem To Help Me.

So, I Will Explain My Situation.

I Have Been Running The Software For Months Now With No Problem, Then I Came Into Work To Get The Above Message, I Tried The Xp Repair But That Is Not Available, I Have Tried To Change It To Slave And Try To Recover Data, But When I Change It Over I Get Primary Ide0 Not Found!!!

Any Ideas How I Can Get Past This Stage?

A:''error Loading Operating System''

go to bios and see whether HDD is listed there

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Hi,
My system was working fine till yesterday but when i switched On today, getting a black screen mentioning 'Error Loading operating system'.

Tried 'Boot Menu' and did complete testing but still facing issue.
I have Reinstallatio DVD of HOme Vista Home PRemium.

Should i reinstall it? if so, will i loose all my data.

Pls help

A:Error Loading operating system

Hello Sudarmani, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if running a startup repair may be able to help. Sometimes it may take running it a few times though.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I was working on my thesis last night when my computer crashed. Upon rebooting, I was hit with a black screen and the words, "Error loading operating system".

I had plopped in my Windows Vista 64 bit Recovery CD and it booted up right up to the part of the loading screen and then it went black.

I'm just stuck there now.

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Was there any indication why the system crashed?

Can you get to safe mode?

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XP Pro SP2.

Cant get a pc to boot, keeps giving "Error loading operating system". Boots with a boot up disc no problem.

Ive tried using recovery console chkdsk /p and /r and fixmbr, also put a winXPPro disc in went to install then chose repair existing operating system but still wont boot normally.

Any help please?

A:Error loading operating system

Is this a new build, old HD w/fresh install, previously working computer now won't start? Is there important data on the HD? Where to start is in the bios, check to make sure the HD is being found and ID'd by the computer. Check the HD jumper and verify it is set to master. Since it boots off the CD and not off the HD and you can access it, download the diagnostic utility for your brand HD and run it. It's possible corrupt files on the HD are preventing the boot, but test the HD first for mechanical errors. Mike

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Hi, hope some one can help me out ..my girlfriend has a Packard bell desktop with xp on..Well she had a virus and could not get rid of it .So she decided to reformat her computer only problem was that she did not have her original disc (lost them when moving ) now i had an xp disc that i let her use but now when she restarts her comp it says error loading operating system ..Can someone help me to try and get windows xp back on ..Could do with a walk through of what to do i have her computer here and am using my own at the moment.Really would appreciate if someone could explain it to me in an easy way

Thanks in advance.

shaun
 

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I have a compaq presario cq61-340sa laptop which I bought in the UK many years ago. I now live in Australia. I get 'error operating loading system' when I turn laptop on and no other function can be done. I think it's Windows 64 but it could be 34 I have no idea, and as I cannot get into the computer I am not sure how I would find out.can someone please help. I think I may need some recovery discs. If this is the case does anyone know how I would get them or  who to contact  in the UK. Anyone have an email or phone number that would help me?As I assume I would not be able to get them  In Australia for a laptop bought in the Uk. 

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hi.. i've seen error loading operating system in my system. i've formatted the hard disk and installed xp os in it by keeping the hard disk in another system(second system's hard disk is replaced with the issue hard disk). now when i try to keep the issue hard disk in the original system and try to boot, it is showing "error loading operating system". i've tried changing the bios settings to default but same again. what is to be done now? how can i clear cmos memory? will that be helpful? how can i change to large or lba of access mode? i don't get that "access mode" in the bios setup.. help me getting the issue resolved...

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Hi Isaac. You can clear the CMOS memory by removing the battery (looks like a quarter) on the motherboard for a minute or two and then re-install it. Just pay attention to the polarity. Wiill it help? Hard to say. Will it hurt? Highly doubtful. You'll just have to set the information back up that you lost when you pulled the battery. Nothing major.

Does it give you any other error information or just that it has an error loading the OS? It almost sounds like your system is looking at an address location to start the OS but the address location isn't where your OS is.

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Hi,

new member, hope I did this right.
My laptop is a Lenove (IBM) 3000 N100
Has been working fine. Turned it on a few days ago
Checked my E-mail.Turned it off, went to Town came
back 2Hrs later turn it on, all that comes up on the screen
is Error Loading Operating Systems__<flashing dash after writing.
A friend said try booting in safe mode F8 It will not work.

Thanks carbman!!

A:ERROR LOADING OPERATING SYSTEM

You may need to perform a chkdsk /r How do I use chkdsk /r?

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Hi

I'd be grateful for anyone's thoughts on this one.

I downloaded the latest security patch from MS [the one about remote takeover of computers] installed it, restarted and then got a horrible error message - error loading operating system. Its like an old fashioned command prompt that you see in the movies - just that single line on a completely blank screen with a flashing cursor awaiting instruction.

I'm running a dell 8200, with windows XP home, service pack 2 and all other patches etc. installed. Everything was fine prior to this. What happens is that I switch on, the graphics card details flash on the screen [as normal] followed by the Dell splash screen with F2 and F12 prompts and bios version [a08] then the above blank screen. Nothing works once the above screen is reached.

From reading the web I've kind of figured out that this is a problem on the bios and that, somehow, my bios has become corrupted. One solution offered on a few sites seems to be go into bios and then change the hard drive access mode from auto to large, but i'm not sure about this and it sounds a bit scary.

Any thoughts?

My prime concern is that I have a lot of data on my hard drive [stupidly only partly backed up - I know!!!] and I'm really worried about losing it.

I should confess that I'm a bit of a newie at these things and my technical knowledge is very limited so please, phrase any replies in simple terms.

Thanks.

A:Error Loading Operating System

My prime concern is that I have a lot of data on my hard drive [stupidly only partly backed up - I know!!!] and I'm really worried about losing it.Rightly so, but who among us have not been caught in this situation?Without addressing your original issue, I just want to speak to getting the data off of the hard drive. You could always remove the hard drive and install it in another computer as a 'slave' drive. The working computer should still boot up from the 'good' Master hard drive, and then you will be able to navigate (start > my computer) to the slave drive and recover your data. More info on how to install a second drive can be found HERE.But of course, if you need help with this or any other procedure you can just ask for help here and we can explain it in more detail or refer to somewhere on the web where it will be explained more fully.

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Ok. Not very happy right now.

When I boot up my pc, it immeadiatly (or almost) jumps to black screen stating "Error loading operating system" nothing more, nothing less. Right before I got this message, I had BSOD "Driver IRQL not less or equal". The only changes to my system were opening my external hard drive to clean it. I am looking for a remedy to make this drive, os and all, useable again. Please dont repost saying reformat. That wont be of much help. Thanks in advance.

A:"error Loading Operating System"

Well first do you have the Windows install software for your computer?

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Hey all, i have an issue trying to load up windows xp pro. the other day i was running spybot, ad-aware, and avast. after everything came out ok i reboot to finish the install of an avast update. upon reboot i got as far as the screen that shows system information, and at the bottom of the screen it said searching for floppy boot record. then the screen goes blank except for the message "Error loading operating system". cannot get into safe mode or setup. have checked hd cables and reseated. any tips would be greatly appreciated.

A:Error Loading Operating System

It sounds like something in windows was corrupted. If you have a windows xp cd, try booting from cd and running recovery console. Here is a microsoft overview of how to use it.http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documen...e_overview.mspxIf you have trouble booting from cd, go into bios setup and change boot order to have cd drive ahead of hard drive.

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One day I booted my PC and got the error message

Verifying DMI Pool Data...
Error loading operating system.

I entered the BIOS (Mercury Motherboard) and chose the "Load Fail safe defaults settings" and XP booted successfully but when I'm choosing "Load optimized defaults", I get the same error message again.

A technician told me to run the system on fail safe defaults only as there is no need for optimized defaults but I was not satisfied. He told me that the HDD in which Windows is installed has some problem so I should either get the HDD changed or install Windows in another HDD. I just wanted another opinion from the TSF team on this matter. Please advice me.

A:Error loading Operating System

yes that would indicate a hdd problem.

go to command prompt and chkdsk /r and let chkdsk do its thing.

Also download the hard drive manufacturers diagnostic utility and run that.

If you have the xp disk put in the drive and from the run box type sfc/ scannow this will install any corrupt or missing windows files again.

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I'm having the same problem on my computer. I built mine on my own. It will start to boot up, finish the PCI Devices Listing and then display "Error Loading OS" right after it says it verifying DMI Pool Data... I accessed the bios and my HD is detected. I have a 200Gb internal hard drive as a slave drive to it and I am curious as to whether I could switch the cables between the HDs and get it to boot off the 200Gb and install XP on it, then pull the data off of the old one (original boot drive) that is now connected as the slave drive.

A:Yet another Error Loading Operating System

Hanging at the DMI Pool is totally different. can of worms. I suggest starting your own thread on the subject

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I have Acronis and wanted to do a recovery of my c drive. I started the recovery and knowing that it would take a while I left. Now when I try to boot up, I get the error message error loading operating system. Is all lost? Can I get my computer to work again? Please help.
 

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I have a computer that got struck by lightning which fried the motherboard. In the process of waiting for a replacement motherboard I put the hard drive in another computer and did a window repair on it to get it running. I put in the new motherboard and needless to say it didn't work and all I had was a blinking underscore.

I tried a repair on the hard drive again this time in the same computer, nothing, I changed every part in the computer accept the motherboard still nothing, i've run chkdsk so many times its rediculous. I've written a new boot sector, and a new MBR. After doing all of this I get Error loading operating system when I try to boot the computer. I upgraded the bios still nothing. I can't lose whats on this hard drive no questions about it. I do have a backup of the hard drive which also doesn't work in the computer. When I put either the backup of the real on in the computer that I did the repair on it boots fine.

Any help would be appreciated

A:Error loading operating system

the easiest thing to do would be to install your questionable hard drive in a working computer in slave mode, assuming both are the same file format, or at least the removed drive isnt ntsf and the surrogate drive isnt fat32...
on the working computer, unplug the rom and use the power and ribbon cables for your hard drive, you probably will need to pin the hard drive in the slave position.
once that is achieved, copy your info via windows explorer.

on the bad computer, the motherboards would need to be the exact same model for the installation to work without loading the chipset drivers for the new mainboard... http://www.geocities.com/kilian00720...p/sysprep.html

and a power surge will normally take out the power supply.

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I was attempting to load XP on a separate drive from my Vista machine. Booted in the XP CD, formatted and began the installation. After the setup files were copied to the other drive, the computer rebooted to finish the installation. Upon reboot, I got "Error loading operating system".

Reading further, I see that the mbr, boot sector and boot files were overwritten on my computer. I booted from my Vista DVD, navigated to the Boot directory, and issued "Bootsect.exe /NT60 All" at command prompt. Says it was successful. I reboot and still get the same error.

I also tried the automatic repair option. It didn't find any problems and didn't fix the error.

Booted again to command prompt from the Vista DVD. This time tried:
bootrec /FixMbr
bootrec /FixBoot
bootrec /RebuildBcd

When I issued last command, it said it was successful but # Windows installations found was 0.

Also did a chkdsk on my hard drive and came back clean. All files and directories are still present as well.

Rebooted and still getting the same error. What do I need to do?

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Hi
If your xp installation went through smoothly without skipping any of its files then i'd suggest you to download EasyBCD. This one will allow you to modify your mbr at ease, it works fine in vista but in xp it requires dot net framework 2.

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hi guys. when I turn on my sony vaio vgn-n38e it comes up with error loading operating system it does it again when I re start it. can anyone help please

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Can you log on to Safe Mode?

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Hi there,
I own a DELL Dimension 4600C, and I had a trouble with it last week. I got the message for "Unmountable Boot". I misplaced my original Windows XP Pro CD, so I used my friend's bootable XP CD, and try to check disk. I followed instructions on the Microsoft website, nothing worked until I made bootable floppies and tried to repair the system. It wouldn't complete the repairing and always went back to the blue screen with the unmountable boot error.

I decided to reformat, so I deleted the partition and tried to install the new windows. It took way too long to delete the partition, and at the end I received a message indicating can't be completed ( I can't recall the reason).After that, I keep getting black screen with error of loading operating system.

Any guidence or help to resolve this problem will be really appreicated.

Thanks

A:Error loading operating system

Welcome to TSF,


Download and run the drive manufacturer’s utilities If the drive passes diagnostics, use the utility to wipe or zero the drive and try the install again. Sounds like remnants of the old install are preventing the new install


Bill.

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Hi all, I'm new here and have a big problem. I have an E-Machines computer and having this problem that says, "Error loading operating system" I have no backup disks or MS Windows disks.

What can I do?

Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks,
Sue

A:Error loading operating system

Hi and Welcome to TSF

I am assuming you are using Windows XP as stated under your name so I moved this thread to the appropriate forum.

At what point are you getting this error?

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This morning, I went to turn on my PC and received a black screen with the following message - Error loading operating system. I have Windows XP Professional.

Yesterday, I was having trouble w/IE 6.0 - it kept radomly closing on me - so I thought perhaps I had a virus. I installed the latest MS updates and then ran my virus scan, Etrust antivirus overnight. When I checked out the PC this morning it had rebooted and was showing a black screen w/the above-referenced error message.

I do not have an Automated System Recovery disk for this PC, and, even worse, I do not have my files, etc., backed up (yes, I'm an idiot). Otherwise I probably would have simply reinstalled Windows

I ran a diagnostic called BootMaster Partition Recovery (http://bootmaster.filerecovery.biz/index.html) and it told me that an NTFS volume on drive 1 appears to be in an unstable condition (called it a dirty volume) and BootMaster couldn't repair it, and that I should call Microsoft, which I'm not really inclined to do (I'm happy to pay for tech support, but I'm not convinced calling Microsoft is the most expeditious way to go).

So, any thoughts out there on whether or not there is any chance I can save my data?

Many, many thanks.

A:error loading operating system

boot into the recovery console and run
chkdsk /r

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I turned on my Dell Dimension today & got this message on a black screen - error loadinIg operating system. The Dell screen comes on, then goes to black. I didn't load any new drivers, hardware or software. I'm running on Windows XP Home Edition. Please help!
 

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The first thing I would try is connecting the hard disk to another system and running CHKDSK /R on it.
 

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I Do Regular Maintance On My Pc And And I Have Virus Protection Which I Have It All On A Schedule.
My Pc Is On Normally All The Time. Unless Im Gone A Couple Of Days I Might Place It Into Stand-by Mode.

I Went On Vacation For A Couple Of Weeks. I Dedided To Turn It Off Since I Was Going To Be Gone More Than A Couple Of Days Which My Pc Was Running Fine Without Any Problems Prior. I Decided To Turn It Off Since Know One Would Be Home At All.

When I Returned Home I Turned It On, And All I Got Was A Blank Black Screen With These Words On It Error Loading Operating System_

There Is Not Any Type Of Prompt For Me To Enter A Command. The Only Thing I Can Do Is Enter My Bios Screen And Thats It. Im Very Frustrated And I Need Some Help. Can Anyone Help Me!!

I Have A Dell Dimension 4500 Windows Xp He
 

A:Help! Error Loading Operating System!! Can Anyone Help Me!

Try this..After going into the BIOS and making sure your first boot option is set to CDROM do a repair with your Dell/Windows XP cd. Insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer.
1. When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
2. Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.
3. Do NOT choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console.
4. In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
5. Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.
 

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Hello all - happy Monday (or not). I have received the dreaded shut down of all my programs and the white lettering with black background, i tried to follow instructions provided on this topic previously but only got so far as i believe i need someone to look at my mbr. I have created a cd that i can boot from that allowed me to create said mbr on the usb key via xPUD but honestly am a newbie when it comes to all things technical. I did try to use the F8 key after BIOS (Dell Inspiron 530 Bios 1.0.13) but no avail just clicked - i am able to get to xPUD via the boot disk but not sure where to go from there - if you need a copy of the mbr this can be provided. Any help is appreciated would really like to fix this. It is our hub for our family network and obviously is a drag. The wireless is still kicking and all can still use the network so no issue there.

the first error that started all this was an invalid disk partition or something like that - that is what lead me down this road and eventually to you!

thank you all for your assistance!

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Welcome aboard I'll ask appropriate helpers to take a look at your topic.Hold on there.

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Hey guys,...not sure if this is under the right forum but I'll post it here for now. Mods, if in the wrong forum, please relocate as you see fit.

Recently, I've been getting this msg "Error Loading Operating System" whenever I boot up my computer. I tried running a diagnostics, and the hard drive was detected and also passed. Do you guys any suggestions on how to fix this problem? Thank you in advance,

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I think you were on the right track by testing the Hard Drive. You should immediately backup important data, and then try another diagnositic for confirmation.Go to the manufacturer's website and download their disk utility to check the hard drive out (this list is kind of old, some of the links may have changed): Fujitsu "FJDT" DOWNLOAD Works with fujitsu models only.
Hitachi / IBM - DFT "Drive Fitness Test" DOWNLOAD Works with all manufacturers.
Maxtor "Powermax" DOWNLOAD Works with all manufacturers.
Samsung "hutil" DOWNLOAD Compatability unknown.
Seagate "Seatools" DOWNLOAD Works with Seagate drives only.
Toshiba - N/A There are no tools available for Toshiba, but you may be able to use IBM or Maxtor's.
Western Digital "Data Lifeguard" DOWNLOAD Works with WD drives only.

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Reformatted and reinstalled WinXP today. Initially I was getting the hal.dll missing error. After trying to fix that I deleted all partitions and gave it another go and now I'm stuck here. I bought my computer from a company and the recovery CD only allows me to delete partitions, reformat and install. My BIOS is set to default and still does this... I'm starting to think it's a HDD issue, but I don't know how to find out if that is the case.

Any thoughts?
 

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I just got my new windows 2000 laptop at work. I was poking around in it to see what new stuff was on it, and decided to backup the hard drive...
Here's my problem.
1) I don't know what the program was that I was using. It said Do you want to take a snapshot of your hard drive?
I clicked yes.
2) It then said that it would reboot in DOS and continue taking a snapshot of my harddrive, and that it may take 2 hours to complete.
Again, I clicked OK.
3) It shut down and tried to reboot (in DOS, I guess) but I got an "error loading operating system" instead.
4) I don't have an ERD made yet.
5) I tried pressing f8 to go to the last known good config, but (of course) that only works with an OS.
6) I have no clue what to do next.
 

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Welcome aboard, I see this is your first posting.

It sounds like you are able to recover and access Windows 2000, but cannot get the backup to work. Is that your problem? It sounds like a drive image utility which can be used for backup was installed but it is broken or damaged. Windows 2000 does not come with one. The two most popular ones are Norton Ghost and PowerQuest DriveImage. To fix the problem you would need to reinstall the utility that was installed.
 

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Hello experts,

My IBM PC (Model R51) gets "Error Loading operating system" message at start up.
Advice that I have been given is to go into the IBM recovery Program and take the option for a Full Recovery (e.g. Reformat Hard Disk and re-install Windows XP, etc.).

I assume that this will overwrite everything on my disk (why didn't I invest in a backup device!!!).

Is there any other options for getting round this problem and saving data?

Any help much appreciated.

Mark.

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reformat your hardisk an install the driver of IBM. try that

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Hi. My pc is not loading the operating system. It either shows disk read error or error loading operating system everytime. Even when i select the automatically repair option it just loads the windows files and tats it, it just displays a blank screen no matter how much ever u wait. My os is 64bit version of windows 7 ultimate. RAM - 4GB
 

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I recently got the message "error loading operating system". My computer was working fine, so I have no idea what is causing it. I left my comp in standby mode and when I went back to it several hours later it was completely turned off (which leads me to believe one of my roommates turned it off by pressing the power button on the comp itself). When I turned it back on it gave me the error message, but when I hit F12 during start up and select "primary master" startup it wil work perfectly. Whenever I try to restart it keeps giving me the error. Does anyone know why my comp will only work under these conditions. Any help will be appreciated.

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Check you BIOS setting and make sure your machine is set to boot from the C: drive. Also you might want to run a scan disk. Goto My Computer > Right click on C: drive > left click properties > click tools > then under error-checking click check now > check both the boxes at the top. Next time your computer reboots it will check the intergirty of the c drive. Let us know what you find.

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i' have had 2 HDDs on my PC for a little while now, and recently my older HDD died, So I pulled it out and installed windows onto my 2nd HDD, which is a SATA. Once I installed windows and rebooted it, i got stopped with this message

Verifying DMI Pool Data ...........
Error loading operating system

I cannot figure this out for the life of me. I thought it may have been a scratched windows CD, but i tried a back-up copy and had the same problem.

Anyone know what i am doing wrong? Thanks for the help in advance

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Originally Posted by bassmann


i' have had 2 HDDs on my PC for a little while now, and recently my older HDD died, So I pulled it out and installed windows onto my 2nd HDD, which is a SATA. Once I installed windows and rebooted it, i got stopped with this message

Verifying DMI Pool Data ...........
Error loading operating system

I cannot figure this out for the life of me. I thought it may have been a scratched windows CD, but i tried a back-up copy and had the same problem.

Anyone know what i am doing wrong? Thanks for the help in advance




Have you reconfigured your BIOS so that it recognises the 2nd drive as your boot drive?

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I recently made my 2 partition laptop back to one partition and on reboot I get the error message 'error loading operating system' how do I fix this?

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What steps/how did you, make two partitions "back into one"?

It sounds like you wiped the hard disk.

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Hi all, I have searched several tech forums for answers, found some, but none have fixed my issue.

When I start my computer, I get the black screen with one line across the top saying, "error loading operating system".

I thought by putting the Windows disk in, I could run a recovery. The only option it will allow me to select is to reformat the harddrive. I would like to figure out why I get this message and how to fix it.

If it can't be fixed...I have also tried to make this harddrive a slave to another one. I am able to see the new drive in my computer, but if you click on that drive, it says drive is not formatted. Is there any way I can get the data off of this disk?

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ok...so you put in your Windows recovery disks in..and then what did you do? What version of windows to do have? XP? (if so is SP2 installed?) What did you do last before you got this error message? Thanks

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