If possible, try using the re-installation disk and getting to a command prompt. Then run chkdsk. There are also some third party boot disks out there, such as http://www.ubcd4win.com/index.htm
>>> Drew Blanchard 04/19/10 1:07 PM >>>
I have to support 11 Gateway Pentium D computers in my video lab, running XP
Pro with 2 GB of RAM. Suddenly, 2 of the machines will not boot.
boot, as in the DVD drive light briefly flashes at startup, but the hard
drive never spins up. I don't even get the boot menu/bios screen. I've
tried the basics, nothing seems to work. I'm not a newbie, but this
mystifies me. I wondered if was the CMOS battery; I pulled the battery and
reset it, which allowed the computer to restart in safe mode, but at reboot
it went back to a blank screen. Hardware isn't my specialty, but the fact I
can't even access the bios says I need some advice. Help? *
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