How to fix non-starting CPU using spinrite?

Gateway / 702GE
August 12, 2010 at 11:16:05
Specs: Windows XP, 3.2 GHz / 1512 MB
I started another thread but in several hours no help except that I wastold to use spinrite. so I made a bootable spinrite cd and my computer ewho would nt start in safe mode or any other mode read it im not sure what I choose to scan hopefully the hard drive (it saus 250 000mgb which I hope means 250gig which is my hard drive) butmy questions is this. will spinrite fix the problem (unstarting computer) and will I be able to use the computer afterwards with my files? right now it mentions over 7 hrs of Id like to be sure it will fix it cause IM suppose to work on an essay which the deadline is if I loose all day that means I will have to work all night on the essay...anyone can confirm this is the solution ?

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High

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August 12, 2010 at 14:32:04
Your explanation is weak but based on your other post, the HDD may be on it's way out...either that or Windows has become corrupted. Try booting off the XP CD, press "R" to enter the recovery console, then type chkdsk /r & press ENTER.

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August 12, 2010 at 15:02:40
If you want it fixed fast your best bet is to take it to a shop.

Even when helpers happen to join your post on here, it is bound to take longer because we can't get our hands on the machine and have to rely totally on explanations. Nobody (on any forum) will be able to say for certain that any particular course of action will immediately fix your machine. It's a matter of us trying to determine the cause of the problem, to some extent based on the result of suggestions you have tried.

From what you have said it certainly seems sensible to first check out the HD as advised. After that this post can persued further.

To save others searching for your previous post, here is a link:

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August 12, 2010 at 20:33:17
"....non starting cpu..."

The term CPU is sometimes mis-used.
The case most of your computer components is in is NOT a CPU ! It's just a computer case !
A CPU - Central Processing Unit = the computer's micro processor, or processor for short. It's the most complicated integrated chip on the mboard, it usually is installed in a socket on the mboard and is removable (on some laptop mboards and on very few desktop mboards , it's soldered into the mboard), and the computer cannot work if it doesn't work.

If your cpu - processor - was not working, the computer would not start up at all.

The operating system not loading properly from the hard drive is a different subject altogether.

"(unstarting computer)"
If your computer was not starting up you would not be able to run the spinrite CD on it, if that's what you're running it on. .

Using Spinrite won't help in the long term if the hard drive is failing ; it may not help in the short term either if the hard drive is in really bad shape.

"so if I loose all day that means I will have to work all night on the essay"

Spinrite takes a LONG time to run even on a drive that is not physically defective because it's very thorough.

If there are bad sectors on the drive, it will try to read the data on the bad sectors over and over and over again, to try to get a good enough read of the data such that the data can be transferred to spare good sectors on the drive. The time that takes adds to the intially estimated time Spinrite predicted.

Don't take any chances. If you can do the essay on another computer you have access to, do that while you're waiting.

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August 13, 2010 at 04:45:00
An observation - why does so many people try to continue to do work on computers with problems? Computers are relatively inexpensive to the value of your work or data.

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