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Scratched Boot Disc!

Q: Scratched Boot Disc!

Hello, last week I tried to reformat my windows. And I noticed that my disc is severly scratched, so some of the files in the disc are now ''corrupt'' so windows can't install. Is there a way I can download the disc, without doing what microsoft's website says with the floppy disc install. Seeing as I haven't got a floppy disc drive and have no floppy discs.

And plus, is there a different way to sort this out then that will be ok too :-)

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Preferred Solution: Scratched Boot Disc!

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Scratched Boot Disc!

Time to buy a new copy of Windows.

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hi all hope this is the right forum. sorry if its not but here goes one of my sons favourite films has got a big scratch in it so i have tried to make a back up copy so my son can continue to watch it but i have been using dvd shrink (as its an old cartoon series)and it keeps getting to 41% and then freezing i have tried cleaning the disc but have had no joy... i hope somebody might be able to suggest something as i dont want to go and buy it again
any suggestions welcome and appreciated
tia john

A:Scratched Disc

As for copying the disc, we can't help you with copying anything that is copyright protected as this is against the forum rules. I have heard of some success with using car wax to buff the scratch out, but if it is too deep it won't help. Another solution would be to try something like the technique used in this article.

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help its been drivin' me nuts for 3 years!!!!!!!
 

A:any 1 no how to fix a broken scratched up disc?

Closing duplicate, please reply here:

http://forums.techguy.org/t211179/s.html
 

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Yo!
Re-building a computer for donation. An original XP box w/XP disc. I did a OS (reinstall) w/ a Dell reinstall disc. OS would not activate. I Now have original XP disc but it has some corrupt files (scratched). Where could I get replacement files (I386, HPCRDP, PBAINST, README)?
Greg

A:I got a scratched XP disc and need some replacement files

Request a restore disc from Dell

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I am looking for a special kind of software to make an image or an iso file from my old XP installation cd. The problem I have is that there are scratches on the cd that doesn't allow to complete the installation, so I need to make a new copy of that cd. I have already tried with a cd/dvd recorder software but it has difficulty reading the disc, so I was wondering if there is a software that can specifically deal with these type of discs.
thanks in advance

A:Program to copy a scratched CD disc

I think your best bet would be to buy one of those scratch dr kits where you wipe in little swirls or one of those things you put the cd in and crank the handle. It reads with a laser, if its damaged or too scratched, theres nothing for the laser to read.
 
Something like this.. http://www.walmart.com/ip/11078700?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=89&adid=22222222227000050702&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=40330287872&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=41388403009&veh=sem

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Hubby scratched the CD so badly that it's not playable. I don't think he even got it installed.

Can we buy a replacement CD from Microsoft or Xbox. He forgot to take the CD out when he was putting new memory into the XBox. Where we bought the game at didn't offer use anything to cover the CD against damage. I doubt that it would have covered this though.

Our luck we'll just have to wait until we find a used one for sale and that's going to be a very long time.

Vera
 

A:Solved: Scratched disc gears of war 3 question

Check with the manufacturer listed in the manual. There should be a number to call them and they should be able to replace it, however the $ i would not know... generally it's about $10 but since the game is brand new, who knows... what you can probably do is return it to the store and 'play dumb' that you just opened it and saw the disc like that. They should give you like for like.
 

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Working on a spiffy e-machine with Windows Vista Home Basic that runs pretty well.
After reading multiple posts where the advice usually begins with suggesting a 'boot disc' or a 'recovery disc', I guess what I'm looking to find out is:
1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?
2) How do I go about making one on this machine (or if I even can)? << I did read through Grinler's tutorials regarding System Restore points and all that seems to in good order. But I guess I'm not sure on the relationship between that and my post (or if there even is one).
3) a best practice regarding these type of discs
I don't have any pressing issues at this time, but I also don't want to wait until I do.
Everything I've learned here at BC has been so great & helpful, I would like to stay on that path, so any links/apps/ideas/suggestions and/or insights would be greatly appreciated.
Winterland

A:Boot Disc, Recovery Disc, Frisbee Disc

1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?

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Working on a spiffy e-machine with Windows Vista Home Basic that runs pretty well.

After reading multiple posts where the advice usually begins with suggesting a 'boot disc' or a 'recovery disc', I guess what I'm looking to find out is:
1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?
2) How do I go about making one on this machine (or if I even can)? << I did read through Grinler's tutorials regarding System Restore points and all that seems to in good order. But I guess I'm not sure on the relationship between that and my post (or if there even is one).
3) a best practice regarding these type of discs
I don't have any pressing issues at this time, but I also don't want to wait until I do.

Everything I've learned here at BC has been so great & helpful, I would like to stay on that path, so any links/apps/ideas/suggestions and/or insights would be greatly appreciated.
Winterland

A:Boot Disc, Recovery Disc, Frisbee Disc

1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?Boot disk vs recovery disk. Let me see if I can phrase that in a way that makes some sense.A recovery disc is a generic term for the disk or media containing a backup of the original factory condition or a specified condition of a computer as configured by the original equipment manufacturer or an end-user. OEM supplied recovery media is sometimes shipped with some computers to allow the user to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system and pre-loaded software as it was when it was shipped. This is not as common a practice today as it was in the past. I won't confuse the issue, but google recovery partition for more information.A boot disk is a removable data storage medium, i.e. DVD or flash drive from which a computer can load and run 'boot' an operating system or utility program. The computer must have an installed program or application which will load and execute a program or application from the boot disk. This will enable you to boot an otherwise unusable machine to be able to troubleshoot the OS or non-working application as necessary.Hope that gives you a better idea of the difference.As to how to create a boot disk? I will let more knowledgeable staff or members assist you.

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Hello.I have been trying come up with a solution for this issue for awhile and am at my wits end.After upgrading my PC:http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=c03685096...to Windows 10 a few months ago, my PC will randomly not boot (more often than not) and I will receive the following error message upon booting:Error: No boot disc has been detected or the disc has failed.I then have to manually shut down the PC.When I select F10 upon booting and enter through the bios and simply select "ignore changes and exit" the PC will then load normally.It happens seemingly at random. Sometimes I can restart the PC a couple times in a row without issues. Typically I have to go through the bios though and I avoid powering down the PC at all if I can.I have done numerous tests on the hard disks and they have all passed. I have checked the connections from the HD to the motherboard and there are no issues there. I flashed the bios to the newest version as well. I tried downgrading as well as refreshing Windows to no avail.Help?Thank you in advance.

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After MUCH searching, I've yet to find info on this issue. Many similar, but nothing specific. Please bare with me if this is a known/solved issue.

Okay, old C drive was failing, so I decided on a new OS copy and new HDD. Bought an OEM Win 7 Home Premium 64, and installed.

Little did I know, but I should have had only one HDD hooked up!!! When I installed Win 7, I had 2 HDD's installed, and as a result, Windows installed the main files on my C drive as desired, but put the boot (MBR?) on my other HDD, F drive. Now I have 2 physical HDD's that are listed as Windows drives. So when I went to do a system image backup, all that came up was my DVD burner as a save location. My secondary HDD (F drive) was not shown. Now I know why!

Currently...

Disc 0 - (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary)
Disc 1 - (System, Active, Primary) Also shows this as having unallocated space of 9MB.

I want ALL of Windows on my main C drive.

How can I fix this without having to re-install all programs etc on my C drive?

Can I do a repair of some type?

Could I install a 3rd internal/external HDD and use that to do a system image backup, then shut down, disconnect F drive, then do a system restore/repair using the OEM installation disc?

Any ideas/fixes?

A:Win 7 installed boot on Disc 1 and system on Disc 0 separate HDD's

Yeah, by having that other drive connected, you now have your boot files on the old drive and the rest of Windows on the new drive.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

Normally, you'd want C to be disc 0, but that isn't critical.

You can fix this by using EasyBCD to copy your boot files from the old drive to the new. I think there is a tutorial on this site on how to do that.

Edit: here's the tutorial;

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

Probably can also fix it by disconnecting the old drive and then running startup repair multiple times, using your Windows installation disc.

Post the screen shot to confirm what's going on.

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hi, my friend gave me his old VAIO, cause my computer was shot.
It has a pentium 2 in it and 233MHz(66x3.5),sometimews it says(266mhz(66x4.0)) with 512mb Ram. It origionally had a 2gig hard drive with windows xp prof. on it. the hd kept on filling up almost immediatly so I put my 80gig(westernDigital Caviar-100mbps-7200rpm)hard drive in it as the slave to beef it up.
What i origionally wanted to do was leave the 2gig in with only the operating system in it and use my 80gig for everything else,(completely bypass the 2gig.) But could not figure that out. If that is even possible I would still like to do that.
Now I have formatted my 80 gig hd, and the comp no longer has the 2gig drive in it. I have the jumper set to master(80GIG), with the master ide line in it. I have a win xp home disk, and I want to install it to the 80gig drive. my cd rom is working as well as the hard drive. (as seen in windows with the 2gig drive). I changed the First boot device to the cd-rom in the advanced BIOS features.
(second boot device:HDD-0
Third boot device:LS/ZIP
Boot other device Enabled, Everything But first boot is default.)
When comp starts up it goes to the memory test screen and reads my 80gig hd fine, then: PRIMARY HARD DISC FAIL. Or sometimes: Cpuis inworkable or has been changed, check cpusoft menu.
I press F1 to continue: blah blah verifying Dmi pool data....
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A:disc boot failure, disc is in, still wont work. need help.

Welcome to TSF

Doesn't seem to be booting to the cd rom, try tapping the F12 key to boot from the optical drive in order to install windows.

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Is there somewhere to request the disc? Msg.   Secure boot violation

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Hey guys, I am having somewhat of an issue with my disc partitions after backing-up data and reinstalling windows 7-64bit.

I have included a picture to help explain.

Here's the issue, my PC had a virus I was unable to resolve. I took it to an "expert" to see what he could do. He backed-up my data and re-installed windows 7. The problem is that I had a disc partition set up with my OS and program files on a C: partition, and a partition, D:, labeled DATA, for all of my data etc..

I'm not sure exactly what he did but it looks like he reinstalled windows to the DATA drive instead of the OS C: drive. Now making the DATA drive, effectively the C drive (and Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Logical Drive). It looks like after restoring the backed-up data the original install of windows was also restored to the Old C: drive (now named D), this partition is also the System and active Partition.
See picture:

So does this mean that windows is booting from the DATA (C) drive now but running the original install of windows 7-64bit from the OS(D) drive (old C)?

I have been reading over a lot of forum posts and I'm not really sure what to do here. I understand I can only extend a drive to unallocated space that is shown to the right in the disc manager. I have thought about backing everything up on DATA(C) and extending OS(D) into it, but I am concerned that I will not be able to boot since DATA(C) is now the boot disc. I do not have a windows recovery or boot disc. ... Read more

A:Disc parition issue, want System and Boot to be same disc

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Garrett7


Hey guys, I am having somewhat of an issue with my disc partitions after backing-up data and reinstalling windows 7-64bit.

I have included a picture to help explain.

Here's the issue, my main PC had a virus I was unable to resolve. I took it to an "expert" to see what he could do. He backed-up my data and re-installed windows 7. The problem is that I had a disc partition set up with my OS and program files on a C: partition, and a partition, D:, labeled DATA, for all of my data etc..

I'm not sure exactly what he did but it looks like he reinstalled windows to the DATA drive instead of the OS C: drive. Now making the DATA drive, effectively the C drive (and Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Logical Drive). It looks like after restoring the backed-up data the original install of windows was also restored to the Old C: drive (now named D), this partition is also the System and active Partition.
See picture:

So does this mean that windows is booting from the DATA (C) drive now but running the original install of windows 7-64bit from the OS(D) drive (old C)?

I have been reading over a lot of forum posts and I'm not really sure what to do here. I understand I can only extend a drive to unallocated space that is shown to the right in the disc manager. I have thought about backing everything up on DATA(C) and extending OS(D) into it, but I am concerned that I will not be able to boot since DATA... Read more

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 Is there somewhere to request the disc? Msg.   Secure boot violation

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So I have an bit of an odd and I think unique problem (as many searches came up with no solutions). Simply put, my boot manager is missing, but only when my windows install disc is not in the disc drive. It started several months ago and I just left it be, let the disc it int he disc drive and it was not that big of a deal. But just did a clean install couple days ago I re-installed windows 7 ultimate 64-bit on my computer (using an upgrade disc if that makes a difference). I formatted the drive with what I guess is a quick format (the option the install disc gives you). I have tried doing a repair with the install disc but no problems are found every time I try.

Anyone got any ideas how to fix this problem? Or I guess another way to ask, how do I get the computer to look for the boot manager on the hard drive and not in the disc drive?

EDIT: Also sorry if this is in the wrong section, I didn't really see a section that fit this problem, but if there is a better section for it, could a moderator please move it.

A:Boot Manager missing when no disc in disc drive

Hello Thamorian, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if running a startup repair may be able to help.

Bootmgr is missing - Fix

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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HELLO FRIENDS , i am facing issue regarding not able to boot from recovery disc provided HP dealer while purchasing .Since i had formated my PC  now i am trying to recover it through disc but actually disc no 5 is coming out of drive .Even i had made new Copy of that disc from nero software .Please help me to recover my licence OS and from where i will get my Original OS back now since i do not have Original cd provided by dealer but it was genuine before formating .Also provide me th ebest possible solutions if it was not dobne from since i m new in this .

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Hi, a buddy of mine's POS laptop isn't booting since he lent it to his friend. (Great friend huh?)

It's got Vista home premium, I've had a play with it and it wont boot in safe mode, the recovery tool fails, he has no restore points, and it's basically bricked. (BIOS sees the hard drive, the memory test tool doesn't report any problems, so HD is fine as far as I can tell)

He's happy to lose his C: drive, and I'm not willing to spend any effort on it. However, he's not happy to spend any cash on it, which is a problem because he doesn't have a windows disk.

The hard drive also doesn't have a recovery sector.

Is there a way to legally download Windows Vista? If I'm going to go through the effort of pirating a copy of Windows Vista, to then use a legal key he has stuck to bottom of it, then I might as well just download a OS that isn't terrible tbh.

So yeah
TLDR:
Vista Broke. Need disc, is there a way to download a .ISO for Windows Vista without infringing copyright laws? Or is it a case of "Put hand in pocket."

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Hey guys,
Thanks ahead of time for the help. I can honestly say I'm dumbfounded with this issue and would rather ask for help then hook up my master HD as a slave and force a reformat which would be my next step.

Anyways, here's the background on the issue.

Rig:
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ OC'd to 2.75ghz
Asus A8N SLI Deluxe Mobo
BFG Tech Nvidia 7800 GTOC x2 (SLI)
Dual Sata Hd's, both the 3gb/s connection. (750gb main/250gb Backup)
Sound Blaster XFI Fatal1ty sound card
Creative modem blaster v.92 dialup modem ( @ dialup)

A few days ago, not quite sure why, but when I booted the comp the graphics card proceeded to tweak out and basically looked like fuzz upon entering windows. Eventually after hard resetting it a few times it'd boot normal. Today, I was running Nvidia NTune utility to find a stable OC setup for my PCI bus and what not, and it rebooted as normal during the process. Graphics card tweaked again, so I did what I know to do and uninstalled/reinstalled the drivers for my 7800's. Seemingly fixed the problem. Rebooted and resumed the OC process and went to watch TV.

45 Minutes later I come back and my computer is rebooting itself constantly. Upon getting the the xp loading screen, it BSoD's and reboots.

So, I try and boot in safemode to uninstall/reinstall drivers yet again. When I press safemode, it begins loading basic drivers. When it gets to SPTD.sys it pauses, locks up, and reboots (no BSoD)

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A:[SOLVED] BSoD on standard boot, safe mode boot, and xp install disc boot

Update:

Well, a friend needed me to fix a design for him emergency status in Illustrator CS3, so I went to work troubleshooting.

All signs point to NTFS.sys being corrupt, etc. Which makes the drive unreadable, hence the reboots.

So, I snagged my dads IDE harddrive from his computer, hooked it up as master in my computer and it still gave me the BSoD. I then unhooked both of my Sata Hd's, and ran ONLY the IDE drive. This IDE drive is fine (i'm on it right now on my dads comp to write this). I try and boot my system off just his harddrive and it STILL gave me the BSoD.

Only difference is the BSoD is staying up now on normal boot so I can give you the error.

Error code is 0x0000007B? I believe.

But yeah, the computer is still unable to boot off a good HD even with the bad ones not hooked up.

Now I'm thinking a memory issue? or Video ram issue? Fried GPU/RAM?

AHHHHHH!!!!! i have no idea what to do. This is ridiculous. meanwhile my friend is screwed on his design for a t-shirt i told him i'd do.

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I get the above message when trying to start the laptop.   Is the problem in the SSD, the HDD or Win10?  I tried the 1 Buttton Recovery (twice) and nothing changes even though it says the recovery was successful.  What should I do?

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Hi, I have just recently gotten a new computer which came with Vista. Previously what I have done with any new operating system I got was installed it into my old computer. However, I came to find out you can only have one computer assigned to each cd, unless I wanna buy another one, which is unecessary.

I wanted to get rid of Vista and return to XP but the XP disc would not install because of multiple errors, such as missing ntldr.

So I decided to use deriks boot and nuke to clear the hard drive, and that went smoothly.

Now, here is my problem... When I insert the XP cd it spins for a while and eventually comes to an error screen with:

"no boot sector on hard disk"
"CARDBUS NIC boot failed"

30 seconds or so later I also get this message

"No bootable devices"
Also, when I just start the computer normally, it does go to a screen that says no operating system found, which makes sense.

The weird thing is that the Windows Vista CD still starts up and goes to the installation area when I boot from CD drive, So I know my CD drive is working properly.

I have tried the XP CD in another computer and it works fine.

The computer with the problems is a Dell Inspiron 8500.

Sorry if this has been answered somewhere but I grew tired of reading through threads only to come to a very general solution of booting from the XP disc, which wont work.

Since I used deriks boot and nuke, I have not formatted and repartitioned the drive ( I don't know i... Read more

A:Solved: Windows XP Disc won't boot - no boot sector on hard disk..

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I custom built my PC, a few years ago. The motherboard came with Win7 Home Premium installed. It did NOT come with a boot disc. I have tried to do a simple system recovery from back-up image and it failed. I feel the only answer is a full system recovery but, I need my Win7 activation code and a boot disc to accomplish the task. I don't know how or where to find the code or how to create the boot disc. Yes, I am a PC novice and I need help. PLEASE!

A:How do I create a Win7 Boot Disc for a full system re-boot?

I've never seen a motherboard come with an Operating System but in the scheme of bundling I guess it's possible. Whoever installed the OS should have, and is required to by the licensing, given you the COA/Certificate of Authenticity that has the Product Key on it. If you don't have that you can retrieve it from the Registry of a RUNNING Windows computer using Belarc's Advisor or Magical Jellybean's Keyfinder, both free.
Belarc - System Management For The Internet Age. Software license management, IT asset management, IT security audits and more.
www.magicaljellybean.com
If you don't have the DVD check this page:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...e-1f068c26ed3e

From Win7 Help and Support:





Quote:
Create a system repair disc
System recovery options can help you repair Windows if a serious error occurs. To use system recovery options, you'll need a Windows installation disc or access to the recovery options provided by your computer manufacturer. If you don't have either of those choices, you can create a system repair disc to access system recovery options.
Go to the Windows website to watch the video. (0:36)
To create a system repair disc

Open Control Panel then Backup and Restore.
In the left pane, click Create a system repair disc, and then follow the steps. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
Note If you're prompted to insert a Windows installation disc,... Read more

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I really need some help with my Toshiba laptop.Ok here it is last thursday my Toshiba laptop was working just fine.I just got off of the internet.Itook my laptop with me in the room to listen to some music.When I put the cd in it was skipping a lot so I took that cd out and put another cd in and it played just fine.A few minutes into the cd playing the battery started getting low it was on 48%.I went to go get the plug to charge it and the computer went off.so I turned the laptop back on and plugged the cord into the laptop only to see the error this disk needs to be checked for consistency.It went through stages 1-3.It took forever for the computer to load to windows,so I powered off and ran it again and the same error came up.It took almost 1 hour and this was after it already went through the stages 1 of 1,2 of 2,3 of 3.so I put my Windows recovery disc in and boot from the disk.When I went to reinstall windows a error came saying that it could not find all of the files that were required.I went through all 5 five of the windows vista home basic discs.The windows files were copied but when it got to the 1 cd to expand the files it would not get past that.well the guy that helped me from microsoft windows told me toclick on install now.when it was time to get to the screen that asked for my information he told me skip that and delete my partitions that was listed.so I delete all both of the paritions and created a new one that said Disk 0 and I told him that.After I told hi... Read more

A:Computer will not boot disc and boot manager is missing

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how do you get a boot disc to load without it going on to the hard drive instead?

i have my emergency boot disc on cd-r, but instead of giving me the choice to boot the cd, it goes on to the regular booting process. i need to get to a dos prompt!!!

i changed the boot order in my bios, but i still can't get it to boot thru the cd-rom..help!

thanks again!
 

A:tryign to boot with a disc, but it continues to load HD boot!

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Hello, I was repasting my ps3 gpu when I accidentally made a scratch on the green area of ps3 gpu, is it posible to fix it? can I use another ps3 gpu? how can I know/view an error code? as far as I know, scratching the green area wont cause a system hardware fault, please help.

Here are pictures of my gpu:

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/694/20130214220232.jpg/

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/69/20130214220300.jpg/

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/820/20130214220243.jpg/
 

A:Scratched PS3 GPU PCB

I dont know man, but I recommend not touching those components of a game system... they are meant to not be tampered with. How do you even know it is getting hot without monitoring temps?? It is meant to operate at high temps bud.
 

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I have bought a game (legally!) a long time ago. As I played the game, the CD got scratched, and I'm afraid it will get so scratched it will be unreadable. Is there a LEGAL way i can make a private copy for myself of the game? I tried to copy the game CD using nero, but the game didnt recognize the backup CD.
 

A:Scratched CD

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my other pc which has the following specs:

athlonxp (socket a), 512 ddr400, xp pro, 40gb hdd, 350 watts psu and fx 5200 128mb

was reformatted but shortly after installing xp pro with sp 2 it restarted and crashed after the drivers were installed. the ram is ok because it came from my other pc and i used ramtest overnight and it was clean. my question is: why did it restarted when it should be a clean install? can a scratched xp cd cause crashes because it was not able to copy some files and i think it was a little smudgy when i used it. i think there is abad spirit in our house that is causing this even my newere pc is acting up.

A:xp cd scratched

Im NO expert BUT i`d reckon a scratched cd would be knackered.......????
HOPE you work it out........i DONT even have an XP CD but there`s a copy of it in the 1386 directory in windows ....YOU might have it yourself?????
GET a pro`s advice

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Hi there,
Our DVD collection is getting wrecked by small children getting them out, leaving them out, putting them back....scratching them everytime. Is there anything out there where we can load our collection and access them without the need to touch the DVD after the initial load. I've looked at DVD recorders with a HDD, Lifebox from Maplins, external hard drives and still not absolutely sure whether I'm going down the right route? I've got used to loading my CD music onto my MP3 player, now I need a DVD version for the TV! Any help to point out the obvious to me would be much appreciated.
 

A:Help! Another scratched DVD..What do I need?

DVDs are copy-protected which prevents any type of copying. There's no technology-related solution to the problem. Perhaps after your kids wreck a few of their favorite movies, and their parents don't replace them, they'll handle them more carefully.
 

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i have a very, very scratched cd, how can i tell if the scratches are too deep to be repair by scratch repair kit? those things cost a fortune (40usd and only repairs 20 disc) and i want to know before i buy. right now my cd aren't readable, and i have no idea weather it's damaged beyond repair, or if only the surface is scratched....so how can i tell? what are the signs?
many thanks.
 

A:when a cd is scratched......

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Hello All,

I just replaced the power supply in an old tower with Windows XP and it is asking to boot from the A: drive floppy. All cabling seems to be installed correctly but I don't know how to get it to boot off the hard drive. The PC has been unplugged for about 2 months and I have no idea if the MB or HD were lost when the PS went out.

Any help would be appreciated, Thanks
 

A:Boot failure. put boot disc in a: drive ??????

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I have Windows 8 x64 preinstalled on my Toshiba Laptop. I created a startup disk (DVD) but i cannot boot from the DVD/CD Drive. I set my BIOS to boot from my DVD Drive but i think the problem may be my autoplay settings from DVD Drive. I just don't know how to set them up. the Disk is fine it is not scratched or anything. I don't know how to set up my media devices especially optical so that i can boot from the DVD Drive! Can you help me? Thank You

A:Cannot Boot From Windows 8x64 Boot Disc

1) Reset the UEFI/BIOS firmware setting back.

2) On boot up press the F12 key for the One Time Boot Menu.

3) Boot the DVD in UEFI mode.

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Windows won't boot and won't boot with recovery disc ,just a black screen
 

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Hi I'm 14 and I have just built a gaming pc, however I just discovered a scratch on my motherboard, it's small but relatively deep and a tiny bit of copper is showing in don't think it covers the whole line but I just wanted reassurance that it's ok or wether it needs to be fixed, I haven't actually turn on the pc as ram still is not installed. Picture attached bellow it's zoomed in and the flash light sort of makes scratch look a little bigger than it is. Thanks ,

Bailey
 

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my laptop lcd screen has little scratches at the bottom of it...any way to fix this?
 

A:scratched screen

Touchy - is it a flat sheen screen or a glossy 'Brightview' type? There's little that can be done for scratches on a flat 'frosted' type, as any attempted fix would only make it worse. As for the glossy types, as long as the scratches are not too deep, there are some eyeglass repair liquids that can be used, but again, only for visual esthetics - if the scratch is deep enough to see it on edge (IE: twisting the screen back and forth), it's probably just something you'll have to live with. The only sure fire fix is a screen replacement.

A-N
 

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Hello . I bought some computer parts several years ago and bought vistahome premium64 dvd builders, service pack one. the dvd no longer works because of light scratching, so I am using unbuntu. The company I bought the dvd from recomended that since I own the licence it could be down loaded with a torrent from pirate bay .
Is that really ok to do that? What do you recommend id like to find a solution without having to buy a new os.
thanks.

A:vista dvd scratched

Since you do have a key, we can help. That being said, to download from Prirate Bay would be very foolish and may contain OS that have been altered to no longer being legit. In addition, you will most likely download more than an OS and have even bigger problems.
May I suggest, that you read the posts contained in the link below. After you understand that due to the generosity of one of our members, you can leave your email address and you will be emailed a clean, safe copy of Vista.
Be sure to delete your addy when you receive your answer.
Good Luck
Vista ISO download

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Occasionally, I am asked to restore an operating system using CDs that have been used as hockey-puck substitutes by dim-wits who have no sense of the importance of the software that came with their computers. Well, I've got another one in here now and it is scracthed all to h*ll.

I've seen machines that are supposed to polish the CDs; but, I really don't know what kind of damage they are capable of correcting.

Does anyone here have any experience or recommendations concerning them? If they are any good, I certainly will be using it quite a bit so if there are any meaningful differences, I would like to hear about it.
 

A:Polishing scratched CDs--does it really help?

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Hello,

i have a problem with my TECRA. The magnesium back cover of this model of laptop is very soft and breakable.
After a few months it's now full of scratches. My question is the following: does exist a way to obtain a new screen back cover of this model of notebook? How can i obtain this kind of spare part?

Thank you in advance.

A:Tecra Z50-A-10D scratched

I’m quite sure that you will be able to order such part from local official Toshiba authorized service provider…

I recommend you to get in contact with ASP and to ask for such part:
http://www.toshiba.eu/innovation/generic/ASP_SUPPORT/

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Cannot activate windows 8.1 since the product key got scratched.Please advise.

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The glossy HP logo on my Pavilion have a lot of scratches. Can anyone suggest any ways to re polish it?

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I scratched my motherboard while removing the Heat Sink of the CPU. Actually, its the opposite side of motherboard where you mount the Heat Sink Holder bracket. While removing it i scratched hard on the motherboard and it looks damaged. I can't test it by starting it as I don't have other stuff ready. But I have uploaded some pics and you can tell if it is bad enough to cause damage.


PS: My Motherboard is Gigabyte EX58-Extreme

A:Scratched my Motherbaord

Do you have a test light handy? If so, grab a 9V battery, and hook up one side of the test light to the - side of the battery, and another wire to one end of the scratch. Run the probe end along the scratch lightly, and if it lights up (without physically touching the other wire), you have likely damaged the motherboard.

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Hello,For about a year I have an X1 Gen4, and I am starting to see some scratches on the screen. To me it seems like they are caused by the keys. Is this normal?Thank you.

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My operating system is XP professional SP2. Through years of use my system disk has alot of scratches on it, can this cause problems trying to do a clean install on a system. I know most big computer stores sell scratch removers, will they really help to restore my disk to almost new condition.


KCBC

A:Scratched OS Disk

It would depend on the severity of the scratch.
You could try to copy the disk over to the HDD to make sure that all files are able to be read.
If they are you can use something like Magic Iso to make a copy of the disk so that you will have a spare.
Be sure to get the code from the disk before disposing of the original.

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I have a client who was haing issues with firefox. yesterday he attempted a system restore on his Lenovo k410 (win 8 64bit) desktop (without my blessing). it then got stuck in the infamous windows repair loop. the lenovo screen starts then it says attempting repairs, screen goes black and then it briefly flashes "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collect info, and then we'll restart for you".

Well I assumed (and google told me) I need to enter advanced startup options. the problem is nothing I do will get me there!

I've tried to boot to a retail iso just to do a repair install. I've also tried to boot to win 8 repair media created on my win 8 machine (both x64). when attempting to boot with either one the win 8 blue square "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collect info, and then we'll restart for you" and then it gets stuck. it then returns to the original screen, rinse and repeat.

and no luck getting into safemode!

I've found many folks with the similar issues and the only answers revolve around getting into advanced start up options. obviously I can't do it via windows and again I'm unable to boot properly from repair disc (cd or usb) or retail iso.

once at the clients house I was able to hit f2 to get to lenovo's one key rescue. I did not start it because I had not yet backed their data up. I booted to ubuntu and got the data off. now I am unable to even get to the f2 options!... Read more

A:stuck in "repair" loop, can't boot to repair disc or install disc...

Run Seatools long test. Remove all but one stick of RAM and run Memtest on each stick of RAM separately. If you get any errors (Red) that stick is bad and needs to be replaced. Tell us how you get along.

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I looked on the forums and someone had the SAME problem as me. I'm not sure if it has been resolved but here is the link: http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Hinge-issue-with-HP-Spectre-x36... Same thing happened to me. I had it for a month and was very happy with it. Then, when I was closing it today, there was a low, creaking sound. I opened it back up to see that the right hinge has been scratched. I looked inside and saw something poking out, like a piece of metal or something, that wasn't there before.  I really want to get the whole laptop replaced because I took really good care of it and can't stand scratches or marks. However, my warranty ran not long ago so I'm not sure if HP will still fix this for me.

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Im not sure what is wrong with my computer. I suspect a scratched harddrive. It randomly freezes and is very slow at times. I suspected spyware, viruses etc.. (although my cpu is for college and not used for anything else) so i tried everything with no results.
Then my freezing turned into a driver termination that led to me not being able to access my windows os. I deleted windows and completly reinstalled it. starting from scratch. I have the same problem now.
What could be causing this..I want to have a general idea because i would hate to turn it in to Bestbuy for 2-3 weeks when i can fix it here at my dorm.

Thanks!
 

A:Scratched Hard-Drive?

Try a memory test:

http://www.memtest86.com/
 

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Hi after the desk top was infected we tried to install from the recovery discs only to find them not there, my 4 year old son had gotten hold of them and played with them now they do not work and the computer does not even recognise that discs are inserted in the drive. is there any way we could get a new set downloaded from the d drive or anything? not looking to pay hp for some when already own the pc. have the product key sticker etc along with orange one for works on side of computer. have thought about the control backspace for install but can not even get that far so any help would be great

A:Recovery Discs too scratched help

Recovery CD: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...s&lc=en&dlc=en

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I have not scratched my Thinkpad X200T after six years of abuse, yet the Yoga 460 is already scratched less than a fortnight, the scratch is deep enough that it changes colour depends viewing angle.  What is the Yoga 460 screen made of? Freaken butter? There seem to be a protection layer (anti glare layer?), which is why is it easier to get scratched? Can I just replace this layer or will I have to replace the whole display?



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A:Scratched my Yoga 460 screen already!

The outer layer is the static discharge digitizer and cannot be replaced by itself.  There is no way to have an X200T-type protection plate on a touch screen

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