I have a dell dim. 8400 boot problem

February 7, 2011 at 14:15:05
Specs: Windows XP
Initially, it was a keyboard error and blue screen caused because I had something on the keyboard. After other issues that changing the bios back to default settings (nothing was ever changed but the cmos battery since its purchase and unplugging all connections in the box. I have all green LED's on the back.

I did a Dell Diagnostic Extended Test and get this:

Error: 0F00:0244
MSG BLOCK: 6403207
Uncorrectable Data Error or Media is Write Protected

Now, the issue is when booting I get through the dell flash screen, see WinXP loading with the blue scrooly-thing below and either a black screen w/ no icons or Safe Mode with Safe Mode in all four corners and no icons, too. In both cases, mouse scrolls and keyboard works ok.

Can someone help me?



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February 7, 2011 at 15:27:18
Looking further into the error message it looks like the hard disk has become corrupted..

There are a few recommendations - if you have a windows XP CD (probably came with your computer, likely labeled as repair disk) you can boot that and perform a check-disk.
1)Boot Computer with CD in
2)When CD has booted, R
3)Leave administrator password as black, or type in if you know
4)type in "CHKDSK /R" (without quotes)
5)reboot and (hopefully) it will load successfully!

I am running this from personal experience,but in the long run I would recommend backing up your personal files and replacing the drive, as it is likely that more problems will be experienced as the drive ages
Hope that this helps!

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