Media failure--winXP

By thuntress
Mar 27, 2005
  1. Hi,

    I'm new to this forum, but it looks pretty interesting. Hey, I have a friend with this problem (Is that always the case?) He can't get into his computer. He gets an error which states that there was a media failure and to check his cables. Previous to this, he said that his computer was running slow. We can't even get a dos prompt on it. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to solve this problem. It sounded like a hard drive problem to me, but he disagrees.

    Any help would be great!

  2. triplate

    triplate TS Rookie Posts: 134

    Can you boot to Safe Mode???..or Del into the Bios??
  3. blaacksheep

    blaacksheep TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Does the BIOS recognize the hard drive? Can you boot from a CD or floppy and run scandisk/chkdsk or even access the hard drive?
  4. thuntress

    thuntress TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no, I can't boot into safe mode.
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