media test failure and reboot

January 30, 2013 at 09:09:27
Specs: Windows 7, 285

i was using my computer when it suddenly shut down, and while it was checking the problem, the light suddenly went off. i was using AC cable only at that time, so naturally, the computer was forcefully black out.
when i tried to turn it on,my computer said that it need to be inserted boot disks.
i don't understand what happened and why?please explain this to me with the solutions if possible.
what is a boot disks and how to use it?

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January 30, 2013 at 09:18:23

"Media Test Failure And Reboot"

The hard drive may be faulty or broken, and if it is you need to install a new one.

Test the hard drive first to be certain that it has failed or whether it's okay and just needs Windows re-installing on it.

You can test it with the drive makers diagnostic software for DOS which loads from a bootable CD. The links are here:

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January 30, 2013 at 11:51:43

Long shot but remove mains power and battery then hold in the power off/on button for about 20 seconds. See it that restores it.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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January 30, 2013 at 22:47:58

Make sure the hard drive is properly identified in cmos/bios setup. The 'insert bootable media' (or words to that affect) mean it's not finding boot files on your hard drive or maybe not finding your hard drive at all.

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January 31, 2013 at 05:54:21


Doesn't the fact that the (presumably power) light went out
while the computer was checking for errors following the
first crash suggest that the main problem is either with the
motherboard or the PSU?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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January 31, 2013 at 20:49:18

The OP doesn't make it clear exactly what happened. He seems to indicate the computer shut itself off and then on reboot there was an AC power failure. But it now seems to be posting OK but not able to boot into windows, indicating a problem with the hard drive or hard drive configuration in cmos.

Yeah, it could be the motherboard but it's probably best to first see what the deal is with the hard drive.

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