please help... windows wont boot...

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by g30ffr3y, Feb 12, 2004.

  1. g30ffr3y macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    buffalo ny
    hi everyone... i know this is macrumors... but ive got a pc issue and i know many of you are much smarter about these things than i am... so here goes...

    i have an hp pavilion thats about a year old... its an athalon xp 2400 so at least its not intel... anyways... it had an 80 gig hard drive that i decided would go better in my quicksilver... so i took it out... erased it etc... it works fine and is now happily running panther...

    i have a forty gig drive that i replaced into the pavilion... so i popped that guy in and tried to load the restore disks... anyways... i got to the hp splash screen and i noticed it kinda stayed there for a while... but f10 plus restore disk 1 [of 8... how ridiculous is that anyways...] got it chugging along nicely...

    after i went through the exchange of disks the computer went to reboot itself... the splash screen stayed on for way too long followed by a black screen with a blinking curser in the top left corner... finally the floppy drive tried to read and i get this error displayed on the screen... "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"

    so i try with restore 8, restore 1... nothing... so i go through the whole process again... [this would be winXP]... same results...

    so i say F'it and go to try and load win98 instead... i pop in the win98 floppy... i go to fdisk and the drive is partitioned out... theres an HP RECOVERY volume... i wipe it out... format the drive... reboot... win98 goes through its install routine... when its done it prompts me to remove all disks and reboot... i do that... long splash screen and wam!!! same error...

    so i try it again... and again on yet a different hard drive... last night around five am i even tried to load red had linux on it... same errors...

    the hard drive has the OS on it... i tried going into the bios and setting the boot priorities to near every combo i could including the hard drive as all four steps... im at the end of my wits with this... its been two days of aggrivation a quite annoyed girlfriend and lack of sleep...

    again... i know this is macrumors... but could anyone shed some light on it for me please... if ive left out any necessary info let me know... ive been through hell with this thing... all the while my quicksilver went nice and easy... i love the mac... but this HP is only a year old and cost me a grand... thanks so much...
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    Here's what I usually do when I do a PC from scratch.

    Go into FDISK and remove all the partitions.

    Then, redo your partitions as you need them.


    Format the primary partition by typing "format c: /s". You probably don't need to do /s in this day and age but I do it as part of a habit. So do it. :)

    Then format your other drives.

    Try to do the install.

    Dunno if any of that will help. Make sure the drive is Primary Master too... ummm... yeah. Might run scandisk or something on the drive to make sure that it's not faulty. Other than that... dunno.

    Edit: might be a problem with your master boot record... try (if I remember correctly) "format c: /mbr /s"... that should format your master boot record... or maybe that's an Fdisk option... can't remember... it's been so long... and good.
  3. joeyjojoe macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    small note: you may want to use "format c: /u /s".
  4. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    What does /u do?

    Edit: nevermind... it does unconditional formatting...

    The master boot record overwriting is done with:

    FDISK /MBR :
    FDISK /MBR recreates the boot sector of the first (bootable) hard disk overwriting it with a fresh copy, by writing a new Master Boot Record (MBR) based on existent disk structure, without altering the partition table information.
    Can be used to repair a damaged/corrupted MBR (i.e. by a virus).

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