Disk Boot Failure

By Towedwart
Apr 28, 2007
  1. Okay, I built a computer for my dad a month or so ago and it has had nothing but problems. We put Windowx XP Media Center Edition 2005 on there because he had heard it was the way to go (I thought Professional would be fine, it's what I'm running all nice and dandy). I didn't really build the computer... it was my old computer but with new harddrives and thus the new OS.

    Up until today, he has often had times where the computer goes through start up, the Windows load bar does its thing, and then instead of showing the desktop and playing the "you're computer loaded XP" happy music, the monitor would instead blank out and the computer would do nothing. He'd restart and the computer would say the whole "Your computer failed to start up properly" and he'd just choose start XP normally, and anywhere from first try to 2nd or 3rd try, it would load as it should. Now, today, he was checking outlook, and the whole computer froze. He had to hard restart it and it said the "Disk Boot Failure" message. So, I went to town. I did fixboot, chkdsk /r, and finally a full on OS repair (the one that looks like it is installing for the first time). After all that, he still needs to have a bootable disk in there to start up the OS. If there's no disk, it gives the disk boot failure message.

    I talked to a Geek Squad guy (I used to work at Best Buy, so I got free info, woo), and he said Media Center Edition just sucks, and I may just have to do a clean install of Professional or Home, if all the other things I did didn't work (which they didn't). Any other ideas, or should I just buy the new OS?
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    XP Pro can do anything Media Center does with a few modifications... The new hard drive(s) may be failing
  3. Towedwart

    Towedwart TS Rookie Topic Starter

    There are 2, 150GB WD Raptors. I don't know why they'd be failing.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Your boot drive is the one to be concerned about... Try a clean install of XP Pro
  5. Towedwart

    Towedwart TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah. Sounds like that is my final solution. If anyone has any other ideas before I proceed, anything is welcome.
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