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Sean Kendle Aug 30, 2003, 04:14pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have an IBM Deskstar 60GB Harddrive.
I originally had it installed on the following system:

Asus Motherboard 133mhz
Pentium 3 800mhz CPU
384MB SDRAM
GeForce FX 5600 256MB AGP Card

I recently bought:

MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR Motherboard 333mhz
AMD Barton 2500+ CPU
512 MB DDR SDRAM

and installed them.

I neglected to format and reinstall Windows XP prior to the installation, and the system would not boot.

I backed up my files and reinstalled Windows XP via a friend's computer. At the same time, I backed up some files onto my HD from his computer as well.

When I brought my HD back to my computer I connected it thusly:
IDE 80 cable to IDE slot 1.
HD jumpered to "Master setting"

and booted, I got the following error:

"A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart"

I changed my BIOS to startup with CDROM first, and proceeded to try installing Windows XP via my own computer.

It successfully booted to CDROM, and did the 16bit file copy into the Windows installation folder, then says "System will reboot in 15 seconds" I left the CD in, allowed it to reboot, and waited.

The system then gives the option "Press any key to boot from CD..."

If I press a key, then it goes back to the identical 16bit copy of windows setup files, and so does not install.

If I wait and do not press a key, it gives me the same "Disk Read Error Occurred" message.

I have a 185W PSU, and some people have told me on messageboards that I may simply not have enough power for this setup.

I have ordered an Antec Sonata 380W case to fix the problem, and it is in transit currently.

I have also been advised to clear my CMOS via my motherboard's jumpers, and to set my HD to "Cable Select" jumper settings.

Any other lifelines here? I refuse to believe that these parts are incompatible!


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Karel Holfeuer Aug 30, 2003, 04:24pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Sean:

Give up on installing the drive until you get new power supply. Currently, you are 120W short (based on 180W P.S.). Please go to the site listed below and you will see what I am talking about. Fill in the blanks and you will see. I cannot believe that the system still starts....lol.

http://www.jscustompcs.com/power_supply/

Good luck.

Let me know


Sean Kendle Aug 30, 2003, 05:19pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey, thanks for that site, that's really useful!! Could you email that url to me? lefternhempfield@hotmail.com

I see what you mean... I'll have 380W soon, should that be enough? Maybe in a year or so if I need more power, I'll get just a PSU to add to my new Sonata case... sound feasible?

Anything else I should know about power so that I don't fry my board when i get my new case!?

Karel Holfeuer Aug 30, 2003, 05:29pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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OK, URL was emailed.....

As far as you frying the board, it should be OK with the new PSU.
PSU is extremely important. I am going to buy 500W tomorrow for my PC. I have too many components running on it and it started to get flaky....lol.

Anyway, if you have any questions, email me at kholfeuer@hotmail.com
and I will answer your questions as soon as I can. Good luck....:)

Karel

Sean Kendle Aug 31, 2003, 11:58am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Will the 380W PSU be powerful enough?

Karel Holfeuer Sep 01, 2003, 08:47am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yes, it will be enough for your needs. More than enough for normal use.
Let me know when you get it up and running and if you have any other computer related issues, email me at kholfeuer@hotmail.com at any time.

Karel

Sean Kendle Sep 06, 2003, 06:38pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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WOOT!

My computer is up and running and it's a beast! Now I just need to overclock it... hmm... how the HELL do I do that?

Yes, I'm an overclock n00b because I've never had a computer worth OC'ing...

Any helpful tips?

Liam Martin Oct 27, 2003, 08:25am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi, I got this same message a couple of weeks ago and i truly need some advice. I was desperate to get up and running again so i think i've made a big mistake. Basically I re-installed windows xp using a mates CD and ID code thing not realising about the whole activation thing. I had my own CD but i've recently moved house and i cant find it anywhere so i used a friends. So now I dont know what to do coz i've installed the damn thing and dont want to get in trouble!!! Cheers for any help. Also if i can get round it, there is a lot of files that i've lost but i think are still there, how could i get them back?

Justin Winslow Oct 28, 2003, 02:46pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I want to know how to overclock to im a noob at it as well i have a AMD Duron 1.2 but not for long i want to go to the AMD Athlon XP 2600.

Rob Allison Oct 30, 2003, 07:07pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi -

I'm going crazy here trying to find some help with my problem, and this looks very similar to it. Heres my story -

got a new system, and I'm having a hell of a time trying to get it to work right. It's a Intel motherboard D865GBF, with a P4 3.0ghz processor. I got an Antec case.

Everything is mounted fine. Memory is in, power supply is in, drives installed. I turn it on - get a picture, scans memory, etc. I went into BIOS and set boot drive to CD-Rom. Threw in the maxtor max-blast software and it recognized my 120gb hard drive. Format went smoothly, I restarted with the Windows Xp disc in the drive. Says "Windows XP is analyzing your system" And then BAM it's a blank screen.

Well I figure something was wrong, so I switched boot priority to the floppy drive.

And thats where the trouble begins.

It starts loading, and says "Disk Read Error - press Ctrl-alt-delete to reboot" Won't read the boot disk at all.

I switch to 1st drive read as the HDD. Same error message. The only drive it seems to read from is the CD drive, yet it identifies the hard drive when I go to format it.

I have both drives set up as different IDE drives, both masters. The light on the floppy goes on, it looks like it's TRYING to read the drive...


Any help/ideas? Thanks a ton!

Joe Northwood Nov 30, 2003, 10:43pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Same problem, set new HDD on primary IDE as master, get "A disk read error occured. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". BIOS wouldn't even detect the old HDD. I'm not sure it's a PSU problem because XP formatted, copied files in 16bit, then upon restart I got the error. I tried booting to the CD again and getting it to copy files again, at which point it warned me that there is an existing copy installed (therefore the HDD seems readable and working) except it won't boot! No clue why. Will appreciate any help.

Josh Closser Dec 06, 2003, 04:09pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have same exact issues disk read error, i took out maxtor HD and put it in my other tower and tried running disk error checks but it wont complete... is the hd faulty? It still shows everything there... as far as the power supply, the computer the maxtor is in, is a 350w. amd 2200 512 ram 64ddr geforce running win xp pro... any help appreciated thanks
josh

Joe Northwood Dec 06, 2003, 04:21pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Solved it, reset CMOS, messed around with IDE interfaces, tried different jumper combinations, etc. then tried formatting with Win2k, not XP and it worked. This was not a PSU problem after all in my case.

Rory Witham Dec 06, 2003, 04:29pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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RIGHT, Look at your hard drive that boots your system... ON there your will find a config file... see it?

good, when you upgrade stuff, this will stop your PC from booting. as these are the instructions to load drivers and whats conected to it, unlike setup which loads a load of defaults to make it work.

also winxp has a special thing to stop it getting copied bla bla... so your only allowed 5 hardware changes. or it dont work.


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Joe Northwood Dec 06, 2003, 04:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Umm, my problem had nothing to do with upgrading hardware, the hard drive failed, and so I got another one and wanted to format and re-partition so I have no clue what you're talking about or how it is relevant to my situation.

leon anderson Dec 21, 2003, 12:38am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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this is the link i got your email from...i am not sure about what you are saying about the power supply....but is there another way to check if that is really it?

after the install of xp...i get that error and have to ctrl-alt-del......but i checked using the dos...and the install was fine...all the set up files and directories are there waiting to be installed....but i wonder if there is a file like on the link..( which one ? ) that would stop the install of xp on the machine...this was not an upgrade but a fresh install.

I get a partition error if i try to install linux...when i try to install xp...it goes through the same as all the posts on the forum.

i wonder if there might be any other stuff other than the power supply that could get this error....
any help would be greatly appreciated...for tomorrow...and i will send you some business your way for your web hosting company as i am a web developer and constantly needing good hosting companies.

anyways....i am trying tomorrow to use partition magic to let me know if the partitions were damaged....

Karel Holfeuer Dec 21, 2003, 04:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Leo:
Before you go to the store and get a new HD, try the following:

1) Boot into XP's setup screen
2) Choose option 'R' for repair
3) When in dos prompt, type c:\chkdsk /r
4) go for coffee (long process)

If that doesn't help, see if you can test your drive in someone else's computer to make sure you need a new drive. Also, if you fooled around with CMOS, reset it. Install XP and then try to tweak your CMOS. If you have a chance to get another drive, get it, and try to boot from it. When in XP, try to repair your other drive with some kind of HD utility. There are quite a few out there. I have "HDD King Home v5.50" so look for it. If you need more info, email me at kholfeuer@hotmail.com .

Karel

Tung Nguyen Dec 23, 2003, 01:13am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ummm... i just got a new motherboard and stuff, everything basically and i put an old hd in it. When i turn on the comp it loads and goes to the pci list and then it has the "A disk read error occurred ctrl alt del to restart". I havent even installed a new operating system yet it still does it and i cant get past it... any help?

Rick Chomiak Jan 08, 2004, 02:18pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I am also getting the " A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart"

My computer hadrware is only 4 months old. I have the following:

ASUS A7N8X-X MB
AMD XP 2500 Barton
Maxtor 80G HDD 7200 ATA 133
512mb DDR 400
350W power supply
Window XP Home Edition

Two days ago I went to boot my computer then I got the above error. I tried repeatly to restart, each boot ended with the same disk read error. When I pressed F8 to go into SafeMode, nothing happened. So I booted from my Win XP disk and preformed a Repair. I was then able to start Windows and continue to use the computer. I scanned my computer with the latest updates from McAfee and found No Virus. I shut-down XP and tryied to boot again and Win XP loaded with no problem. I thought I fixed the disk read error with the repair until the next day when I tried to start my computer again. I was shocked to see that I got the same " A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart" Error.

So I completed another Windows XP Repair, but this time I ran a chkcsk twice, no errors were found. I checked my boot.ini and it was exactly as a default WinXP home edition boot.ini should be. I then ran the computor for 24 hrs scheduling virus scan to run. The computer ran with no problems for 24 hrs. I then shut down Win XP and restarted immediately after and had no problems. So I thought I fixed the problem until the next day when I tried to start the computer. This time I got the Microsoft page stating that they were sorry for the inconvience but Windows was not able to start dur to ....please pick an option........Safe mode, start normally with last known configuration, etc. The Windows XP screen would pop up but the horizontal moving light would continue to go without loading Win XP. I then repeated to restart until I got the same " A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart" Error.

Please help !!!!!!!!

I do not know if I have a virus causing this or if my harddrive is damaged.

Any information to fix this problem would be greatly appreciated and would be great value to all others out there. I searched fthe Internet for many hours to only find this webpage with any kind of help to this disk read error problem.


John B Jan 11, 2004, 02:31pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Well my story reads almost identically to the post above this one, I am having the exact same "Disc Read Error Occurred, Press CTR + ATL + DEL to Restart" and for no apparent reason. I have been using my system for about 2 months now with no problems:

P4 2.8
PSU 450W
Antec Case
Intel 875P MB
1 GB Ram
ATI 9600 PRO
2 Seagate SATA HD's in Raid 0 array

Yesterday I was on my system all day playing games and had no problems what so ever. During the course of the day I had to reinstall Office XP so that my fiance could use Outlook. I logged into the Office update website and attempted to update my Office XP software. I downloaded the first SP1 update for Office (not windows) and followed the promts to install the software. A message came up in my browser window telling me that the update could not be installed. I left the update alone, configured Outlook so that my fiance could check her email and then proceeded to play some games for the rest of the afternoon.

This A.M. I tried booting my system up and got the error message I posted above. Reading the posts in this link I am sure it isn't a Power supply problem, and I am pretty sure it isn't a HD problem (although I have yet to attempt a repair), my concern is that Windows security detected an illegal copy of Office on my system through the SP1 update and has somehow prevented my system from booting. Has anybody ever heard of something like this or does anybody have any advice in fixing this problem? I am going to attemp a "repair" using my XP disc, but if this doesn't work and I get the error on repeated days like the post above me, do I have any options?

Thanks for any suggestions,
John
jcbudny@hotmail.com

Karel Holfeuer Jan 11, 2004, 05:42pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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To Rick & John:

Well guys, this error makes me scratch my head. I never came across this error, but I have an idea.

When you turn on your computer, make sure to put in WinXP CD. Go to CMOS and enable PnP.
Save settings and computer will restart. Choose "Boot from CD" and when it kicks you to the 1st screen, choose 'R' for repair. When in DOS prompt, try to use FIXBOOT and/or FIXMBR command. Since I don't know the switches off hand, please type FIXBOOT /? or FIXMBR /? for help. It seems like the master boot record was corrupted. If this doesn't help, try to reset your CMOS to "Default Settings", save changes, and computer will reboot. By the way.....IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RUNNING PIRATED WINDOWS XP OR OFFICE XP !!!!!!!!! At least not to my knowledge since I never heard of such case.

I hope that my suggestion will solve your problem. Good luck.

Karel
kholfeuer@hotmail.com

PS: If it doesn't work, try "R" on the 3rd screen which will replace some operating files but you must run "windows update" again after you repair windows.


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