Disk boot failure please help

By punkanne
Jul 18, 2010
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  1. I get the message disk boot failure, insert system disk. I tried putting in xp disk still won't boot. Then tried reinstalling xp and have now got two copies of xp on hard drive...arrggh. It installs and then reboots and still says disk boot failure, i have tried repairing the installation, it just keeps reinstalling and restarting and reinstalling again. Please help. There are two hard drives in this computer one for system, one for storage. It is a Carillon audio pc, 3gb ram pentium 4.

    Ok so I have now deleted all partitions, reformatted, wiped everything and reinstalled xp, the problem seems to be that I can't locate the drive in the bios to boot from it, please help this is driving me insane. Can I just put another hard drive in, does it need to be specific to the motherboard or something? I know very little about computers as I'm sure you have noticed!

    Narrowed it down to a dodgy drive, took out the slave drive and now I can boot from the master but I cannot install xp, I get BSOD saying 'page fault in non paged area'. Anyone out there??
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Is the Master drive the drive you've been having this perpetual problem?
  3. punkanne

    punkanne TS Rookie Topic Starter

    re:disk boot failure

    Thanks for responding. Yes it is the master drive. I have tried this drive in another computer and it is fine, I have tried another drive in the problem computer and get continual BSOD. I have come to the conclusion that there is a hardware failure going on somewhere, probably the memory. I am going to try removing the memory and seeing if I can identify a bad chip.

    Any suggestions?
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Check your cables. Lately we have seen many harddrive issues due to faulty cables.
  5. punkanne

    punkanne TS Rookie Topic Starter

    re;disk boot failure


    After many hours of messing around with various things I discovered that one of my ram wasn't working. I have removed this reinstalled xp and now have everything reinstalled, the only problem is that it is running incredibly slowly. I still have a pentium 4, 3 ghz, with hyperthresding enabled and 2 gb of ram but it wont cope with the same tasks as my old computer, running pentium 3 and 512mb of ram!! Any suggestions? It should not be this slow even with 1gb removed, i originally had 3gb. I may just throw it out the window soon....
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    No. it shouldn't. What does your BIOS show?
  7. punkanne

    punkanne TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Is there anything in particular I am looking for? The bios shows i have 2 gb ram and pentium 4. It actually shows two cpu's both 3 ghz but I am assuming thats because hyperthreading is enabled? I also have noticed that the mouse and keyboard are not powering down after shut down. There is also a graphics card with a yellow triangle saying there are no drivers installed but I think this is the on board graphics, which is disabled as there is a seperate graphics card installed.
  8. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    How much RAM your BIOS recognizes.
  9. punkanne

    punkanne TS Rookie Topic Starter

    my bios recognises says installed memory is 2048mb
  10. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Let's approach this from a different angle. Run your security software scan.

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