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Old 10-28-2010, 11:32 PM   #1
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Possible hard drive repair?


Booted up system and it stated please insert system disk press any key.

So it sounds like my startup got corrupted? I running centos 4.5 on it (old yes) Is there a repair I can perform by a disk? Would it matter if I chose i386 or x86? I cant remeber which version was installed on it.

Thank you

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Old 10-28-2010, 11:57 PM   #2
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I'm sorry but I can't figure out what you're talking about. Is this a question about windows? Then a linux forum is not really an appropriate place for it, is it? Maybe rephrasing your question might get you better responses. As it stands, it's incomprehensible.
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Old 10-29-2010, 12:05 AM   #3
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I took out the first and the last line regarding windows.
 
Old 10-29-2010, 12:10 AM   #4
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Is CentOS the only system on the computer?
Any changes made immediately prior to this event?
Change in hardware? software updates?
Do you have any Linux Live CD to use?
What hardware? how old is the machine? the hard drive?
 
Old 10-29-2010, 12:20 AM   #5
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Yes.
No changes to hardware or software.
Computer was improperly shut down and turned back on, then on again y someone installing my cabinets in my office. This system had asterisk running on it and it would nice to have back up again.
Machine is number of years old.
AMD Athlon XP 2500+ Barton 1.833GHz Socket A Processor


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Is CentOS the only system on the computer?
Any changes made immediately prior to this event?
Change in hardware? software updates?
Do you have any Linux Live CD to use?
What hardware? how old is the machine? the hard drive?
 
Old 10-29-2010, 03:54 AM   #6
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Booted up system and it stated please insert system disk press any key.

So it sounds like my startup got corrupted? I running centos 4.5 on it (old yes) Is there a repair I can perform by a disk? Would it matter if I chose i386 or x86? I cant remeber which version was installed on it.

Thank you
May be a hardware issue.

First check that the cables are OK, the best way is to unplug them completely and reconnect them, swapping them would also be a good idea so you can find out of your drive OK.

The next thing to do is to check the drive with something like Seatools or WD DLG, depending on your drive's manufacturer. Fortunately there are a lot of bootable CD's to that, like http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd or http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
you can use the tools to diagnose the drive.


This is BTW not a Linux related issue, I´m therefore not getting into further details.

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Old 10-29-2010, 12:56 PM   #7
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since there is,nt enough detail in your post... try running e2fsck on the file system from any good live distro... here is a link on how to run e2fsck. Google for more information.

http://www.google.co.uk/#sclient=psy...eafc35fdbce132

Also as stated in runlevel0 post,download the UBCD and find on it Smart boot manager and see if you can get it to boot your system,as well as use the tools on it to check out your hardware.
 
Old 10-29-2010, 03:31 PM   #8
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Computer was improperly shut down and turned back on, then on again y someone installing my cabinets in my office.
Do you know how it was improperly shut down? I mean did this person accidentally hit the power button while installing the cabinets and then turn it on again. Or did s/he drop a cabinet on your box and pull the plug out of the wall. If it was just pushing the off button accidentally or otherwise, that's one thing. If it something like the second scenario, you will need to check the connections as suggested above as well as your RAM cards, PCI, etc. because they could easily become loose.
 
Old 10-29-2010, 03:47 PM   #9
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Booted up system and it stated please insert system disk press any key...
Well, in this case I remove the floppy or CD from their drives and restart.

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