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I have a PC that always hangs up asking to load from CD.

If I let load a recovery from CD it works until the next load.

I have checked all the obvious that I can remember.

Could it be a virus?

Steve


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How old is the PC?


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On Tue, 21 Oct 2008 15:30:33 GMT, Dustin Cook

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About five years.

Steve


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| On Tue, 21 Oct 2008 15:30:33 GMT, Dustin Cook


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| About five years.

| Steve


I don't know what you mean by "...PC that always hangs up asking to load from
CD." but
chances are this is hardware or a driver issue and NOT malware related.

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This is probably going to sound odd to you.. but, humour me.

Your computer is old enough that it could be using bad capacitors, which
have a defect and die prematurely by swelling. If you could open the case
and check the caps, they are round objects, look like canisters, with
flat tops. What your looking for is a rounded top and/or outright burst
top with a brown/grey material sitting on it.

Please let me know what you find.


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| This is probably going to sound odd to you.. but, humour me.

| Your computer is old enough that it could be using bad capacitors, which
| have a defect and die prematurely by swelling. If you could open the case
| and check the caps, they are round objects, look like canisters, with
| flat tops. What your looking for is a rounded top and/or outright burst
| top with a brown/grey material sitting on it.

| Please let me know what you find.

LOL
I haven't heard about the Taiwanese capacitors in quite a while.  If I remember,
the
formula for electrlytic capacitors was stolen through industrial espionage but
it was the
wrong formula and the capacitors failed in droves.

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Just finished recovering a RAID 0 powered XP Pro machine being used as a
simple file server. Had a Soyo Dragon mainboard with a row of bad caps. I
was called in to determine why the machine would not boot. It was around
5 years old. Two 80gig hard drives, both in smart warning condition, bad
mainboard, and less than 10gigs of data stored on it, none of which was
backed up someplace safe. To add insult to injury, the information was
varied from confidential records (the owner is an attorney here), to his
personal financial records. And this seems to be quiet common around
here. Many small companies do not have reasonably decent backups, or in
some cases, none whatsoever.

Two days prior, I was called to check on a machine that started
displaying "wierd characters on the screen, some blinking, some not."
Turned out to be bad capacitors on the mainboard near the memory slots,
that was an HP computer with an Asus mainboard.

The subway store just down from my house almost lost 5 years worth of
sales data due to a failing hard disk, and no IT person. It's been a
miserable week for failing equipment.


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Dustin Cook wrote:
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People need to develop "a reasonable level of paranoia", to quote
somebody or other. ;-)

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On Wed, 22 Oct 2008 15:42:34 GMT, Dustin Cook

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Have you tried reseating your memory modules and peripheral cards?
Sometimes that clears a problem.

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On Wed, 22 Oct 2008 15:42:34 GMT, Dustin Cook

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I am an ex electronics design engineer so I know a bit about
electrolytics. That's not the problem.

I decided to reinstall XP and that fixed it! Time was the only cast.

Steve

 
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okay. Probably wasn't necessary. :) Fixmbr should have done it for you in
that event. Since you reinstalled, be sure you get ms updates again; as
they're all gone now.


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On Thu, 23 Oct 2008 21:15:01 GMT, Dustin Cook

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How would I have "fixmbr" when it was stuck on CD load?
No command-line.

Steve


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I'm confused then... You reinstalled windows right? Didn't you boot from cd
to accomplish that?
 



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On Fri, 24 Oct 2008 00:46:18 GMT, Dustin Cook

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If I repeated the stalled load about a dozen times with a key pressed
it would boot from CD but usually it stuck on the "press any key". I
ever got into command-line.

Steve


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On Fri, 24 Oct 2008 05:07:28 -0400, Stephen Wolstenholme

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Either a bad cd, or the power supply is dying, would be my best guess.
Does the cd player sound like it's actually spinning up to speed?

Regards, Dave Hodgins

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Stephen Wolstenholme wrote:
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In your BIOS, is it set to load from the HDD first?



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