Solved Boot error HardWare Initiate fail Do I have reason to worry?

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September 8, 2013 at 12:37:43
Specs: Windows XP, 1000
This problem occurred for the first time today. Switching on the following appears on-screen: "Hardware initiate failed! Please check device!... The BIOS does not be installed! Press (g) to continue!" Only after 3 restarts did the machine opened successfully. Do I need to be worried and if so what can I do to rectify the problem. Thanks.

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September 10, 2013 at 08:26:52
Sounds like a controller board on the hard drive may be failing. The error indicates a hard ware malfunction, usually it is the hard drive that fails to initialize. I would download seatools for dos, make a bootable cd. Insert the cd you made and have the computer first boot off the cd....it should load up seatools from the cd. Perform the short generic test if it passes, do a long generic test. If both pass perhaps it is another hardware device having issues.

http://www.seagate.com/support/down...



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September 9, 2013 at 22:01:59
you have to worry about it and you check your hardware if it is ok then you have to perform a hard reset to it.

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September 10, 2013 at 04:26:34
Harsh, thanks for respondsing. How do I do a "hard reset".?

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September 10, 2013 at 07:40:36
"Hardware initiate failed! Please check device!... The BIOS does not be installed!"

Ususally you see that on SCSI cards with a built in BIOS. Are you running a SCSI hard drive? It sounds like it's failing.


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September 10, 2013 at 08:26:52
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Sounds like a controller board on the hard drive may be failing. The error indicates a hard ware malfunction, usually it is the hard drive that fails to initialize. I would download seatools for dos, make a bootable cd. Insert the cd you made and have the computer first boot off the cd....it should load up seatools from the cd. Perform the short generic test if it passes, do a long generic test. If both pass perhaps it is another hardware device having issues.

http://www.seagate.com/support/down...


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