Solved Disk read error on startup (Windows XP)

January 10, 2012 at 17:02:51
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium M 1.60 GHz 2 GB RAM

I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 running Windows XP Home. I recently formatted the hard drive and performed a clean install. It was working fine for about a month. Then I tried to connect the S-video port in the back to my tv. The computer said that it installed hardware after connecting the cable, but it needed to restart for it to function correctly. So I restarted and it loaded the BIOS and went to a black screen that said cannot read disc press ctrl+alt+del to restart. I press those, it restarts, loads BIOS, then back to the same screen. I removed the battery and removed the hard drive and reseated it. Still the same error. I tried booting from my Dell Windows XP disc that came with the laptop, but when I get to the screen that says press any key to boot from disc, i hear the disc spinning and then it says checking configuration, then just a black screen. I've waited 10 minutes and nothing happens. So here I am Hoping that there is some hope for it. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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February 10, 2012 at 20:34:49

Sorry it has been so long, but I got it working. I ordered and external enclosure from Newegg, hooked it up to my desktop, and formatted from there. Put it back in the laptop and its good as new. I made sure to partition the hard drive upon installation of XP Home. Thank you everyone for the suggestions and quick responses.


#1
January 10, 2012 at 19:18:43

Boot to Windows Safe Mode by tapping F8 at start up. Then correct the video settings in Device manager.

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#2
January 10, 2012 at 21:26:04

I tried f8 it wont let me do anything but f2 (setup) and f12 (boot sequence).

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#3
January 11, 2012 at 03:34:51

When you go into setup, is your hard drive showing in there?

Have you tried going back to the monitor you previously used?


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#4
January 11, 2012 at 05:57:37

Yes it shows the hard drive. I ran the Dell diagnostics cd and did all the tests available for the hard drive and it passed all of them. I also booted without the hard drive in the laptop and was able to boot from the XP cd. As soon as I put it back in, I get the same results. Thanks for the quick responses.

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#5
January 11, 2012 at 17:47:35

Any ideas why I can boot from the cd with the hard drive out but not with it in?

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#6
January 12, 2012 at 07:53:05

Ive been doing some research on this and it seems that old Dell laptops cant handle any more than 137 gb hdd. Mine is 250 gb. I just looked under setup and under hard drive it says 137 gb hard drive. Ive heard that it doesnt become a problem until you use up the 137 gb on the drive. Anything after that will make the pc unable to read the drive. Any ideas on how to remove any of that data.

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#7
January 12, 2012 at 10:01:06

If you do NOT have SP1 integrated into your WinXP CD then you are limited to 137GB. That is nothing to do with dell. It is 28bit LBA vs. 48bit LBA.

If you re-installed WinXP using original WinXP (no service packs) then the partition would be between 127 to 137 GB. However, Windows will still see the entire capacity and try writing to it. Eventually data is lost or the partition becomes corrupted.

Your solution is to slipstream SP3 into the WinXP files on your CD. You can perform this task fairly easily using a utility called nliteOS. You need to download both nliteOS and SP3. The two links below are for those items.

http://www.nliteos.com/
http://social.technet.microsoft.com...


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#8
January 13, 2012 at 07:39:15

So I use that program to make a bootable cd of SP3 and boot from that before I load my xp cd? The xp cd I'm using has SP2 on it. Does that matter? Sorry if these are dumb questions I have a lot to learn and if this doesn't work, I've definitely learned a lot from having this issue. Thanks for all the help so far.

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#9
January 13, 2012 at 08:09:42

Post the full model of the laptop.

I assume at some point in the past you upgraded your hard drive then?

I the 250GB hard drive a SATA or IDE?

If the CD you have has SP2 on it and you still only show 137GB then your motherboard is not 48 bit LBA compliant.

WinXP SP3 should have 48 bit LBA compliant drivers included.

I suggest you install using the slipstreamed CDR and select custom installation. When the screen prompts you about the partition to install to you need to delete the partition and create a new one using all available space. Hopefully that will be around 233GB, which is correct for that 250GB drive. If you only have 137GB to install to then you may still have the same issue.

At that point I suggest you proceed with the install anyway. After completion, go to Device manager and look at the hard drive controller driver. If the date is 2007 or 2008 you should be good to go.


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#10
January 13, 2012 at 08:23:54

If you follow OtheHill's instructions, your XP CD becomes moot. You'll have a ~new~ slipstreamed disc for loading XP.

NOTE ADDED: I see OtheHill responded while I was typing....

It's a good day when you learn something
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#11
January 13, 2012 at 13:33:10

Just finished slipstreaming sp3 and burned to cdr. Tried to boot from cd and still the same thing. It says press any key to boot from cd, then it checks hardware configuration, then a black screen. Am I doing something wrong? It will boot from the cd with the hard drive out. The hard drive is IDE.

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#12
January 13, 2012 at 16:29:23

Do you have any adapters in the monitor circuit?

Are you still trying to boot using the S-video/ TV?

If you cleared the CMOS by removing the battery then you may need to reenter the BIOS screens and reset values. The date and time for sure, possibly the boot order.

If you have two video ports try the other one. Your laptop may now be set to display to the external monitor. Read the manual to see what keystrokes switch back to the internal screen.

Below is a link to your manual.

http://support.dell.com/support/edo...


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#13
January 13, 2012 at 16:53:47

No. I'm using the screen on the laptop. I see it boot up and load the BIOS. I'm guessing that I just have to get another hard drive or find a way to wipe this one clean. Is there a way to do that from my diagnostics cd? That is the only cd that i can seem to boot from.

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#14
January 13, 2012 at 17:39:08

If you are loading Windows there is nothing wrong with the hard drive. Try booting to Windows safe mode by tapping F8 at start up.

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#15
January 14, 2012 at 10:58:38

Windows will not load. I cannot get passed the disk read error. F8 will not work either. Only F2(setup) and F12(boot sequence) will work. The only cd I can boot from is the Dell Diagnostics cd.

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#16
January 14, 2012 at 12:48:00

Did you enter the setup and reset the values? Post the choices you have for the hard drive.

I do not believe the hard drive is bad. I think the issue is with the BIOS settings. Connecting the S-video can't damage the hard drive.

So, did you check if the hard drive is being seen and if the Dell Diagnostics say the drive is OK?

When you use F12 is there an option for the hard drive?

When you use F2 does the hard drive show there?


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#17
January 19, 2012 at 14:37:59

Yes I reset all of the settings in the BIOS setup. I ran the diagnostics cd and did all the tests on the hard drive and it passed them all. The hard drive does show up when i use F12. It does show the hard drive in F2 as well. Its just strange that I can boot from my XP cd when the hard drive is not in, but when I put the hard drive back in, it will not boot from the cd. Sorry it took me so long to follow up been really busy with my 2 month old baby and everything.

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#18
January 19, 2012 at 15:31:28

You evidently have the hard drive set BEFORE the CD drive in the boot order. So, if the hard drive is bootable that will happen before the BIOS gets to the CD drive.

Solution is to set the CD drive before the hard drive in the BIOS boot order.


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#19
January 19, 2012 at 16:50:19

I have changed the boot order and even removed the hard drive from the boot order and still the same results. It will say press any key to boot from cd. Then it says checking hardware configuration then nothing. Just a black screen. I've waited for 10 minutes and nothing happens.

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#20
January 19, 2012 at 18:44:36

Do you have any external hardware connected to the computer or any flash or memory cards inserted? If so, remove them. Only use the minimal hardware at this time.

You should leave the black screen longer than 10 minutes.


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#21
January 20, 2012 at 03:57:06

No external hardware connected. The only thing connected to the laptop is the charger. How long should I leave the black screen? I will let you know what happens when I try it later.

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#22
January 20, 2012 at 06:51:15

Another thought I had. I recently reworked 3 HP computers. The BIOS had options to show or hide Many of the F* functions at start up.

I suggest you boot into the setup using F2 and look for any options like that.

You need to get into Windows Safe Mode. If F8 is not available it may be disabled.


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#23
February 10, 2012 at 20:34:49
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Sorry it has been so long, but I got it working. I ordered and external enclosure from Newegg, hooked it up to my desktop, and formatted from there. Put it back in the laptop and its good as new. I made sure to partition the hard drive upon installation of XP Home. Thank you everyone for the suggestions and quick responses.

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