My Computer Wont Start. "A Disc Read Error Occured"

By ajvicente
Jan 14, 2009
  1. My Computer:
    Dell Dimension 5150
    Windows XP
    Media Centre Edition
    Service Pack 2

    When i start my computer it gives a problem "A disk read error occured press Ctrl+Alt+del to restart " and after i press Ctrl+Alt+del it comes back to this screen over and over again.

    It first started when it seemed i caught a minor virus one day before (due to no updated virus protection). I decided to do restore my hard drive (ctrl-F11) since I had done this recently due to a major virus weeks considering I had nothing much to lose I thought this as being the best option. Anyway this didnt work and still doesnt.

    I dont believe I recieved a recovery CD from Dell as this is built inside the computers with the system recovery- that no longer works!

    Any ideas are much appreciated.

  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Your hard drive is bad or corrupt... You will have to get a Windows install disk, or take the computer to a repair shop
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