advance boot menu

Compaq / D510
January 12, 2009 at 07:53:36
Specs: Windows pro XP, pentium 4 / 512 ram
I can not access advance boot menu where safe mode and
LKGC are. In compaq F5 usually does the trick. My hard drive
is not loading the OS correctly so I know that has to do with
it. MS-DOS disk don't work and a start up disk doesn't work
either. Any advice would be helpful.

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January 12, 2009 at 08:25:56
Try F8.

Some very odd computers might need a ps/2 keyboard instead of a usb. Don't know why just yet.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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January 12, 2009 at 08:33:50
I tried F8 as well, but still nothing. I used a MS-DOS disk and
type in C: location is says "invalid drive specification". So I
know it's not seeing the hard drive anymore. It could be the
Master Boot Record (MBR) but other any I know to fix that is if
I'm able to boot the OS.

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January 12, 2009 at 08:47:32
DOS is not capable of reading the file system on your hard drive. However, the drive should show.

Watch the POST screens at start up to see if the BIOS is identifying the drives.

If you don't see and POST screens then boot into the BIOS (setup) screens and disable fast boot and ANY logos listed. Post screens should then show.

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January 12, 2009 at 09:20:02
Okay, it's not detecting the hard drive. Nothing is showing
during post or on bios.

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January 12, 2009 at 09:42:10
Then Check the settings in the BIOS screens and also check the cables to the drive.

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January 12, 2009 at 10:19:18
I check all my cable connections and their all correct. I have come to the conclusion that it's just my hard drive that bad. I need to get a new one. However there is important data on there that I need to get off before throwing it away. any suggestion on how to retrieve that data?

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January 12, 2009 at 10:49:47
If the hard drive is not showing in the BIOS you may need to send out to a recovery service. Very expensive.

Lesson learned concerning backups.

Feel the hard drive while under power to determine if it is rotating. If not then a gentle tap on the side of the drive MIGHT get it going.

More likely cause is bad electronics on the drive. Only fix for that is swappin out the PCB on the drive. Problem is they change those very often, so even a PCB off the same model drive may not work.

I assume you have verified the data and power cables are good?

Also verify the IDE contoller is Enabled in the BIOS and is working. If you have TWO IDE controllers switch them to see.

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