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so a built a pc for my bud and it worked great for a while but it crashed suddenly and when he turned it back on he got a message saying "Disk Read Error"

i told him to turn it completely off and if he got into windows to update the bios

he did so and now it wont even get into bios

specs of said pc

e8400(stock)
dfi dk p45 (t2rs)
500gb hdd
vista 64
2x 4870's in crossfire
4gb ram, ocz reapers ddr2 800
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post #2 of 6
Reset the cmos. Consult the manual to find the location of the jumpers or remove the cmos battery. A disc read error means there is a problem with the hardrive. Check to make sure all the sata cables are secure, move the sata cable to a different port on the motherboard, and see if that helps. Hard drives fail pretty often, you may have to RMA.
post #3 of 6
Mother Goose covered most of it. The only other thing might be do you have a USB drive connected? If so disconnect it and make sure your HDD is set to first boot priority. This happened to me for no reason and I got the same error message as you and that turned out to be the problem.
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If that does not work, and you can't post, and you want to be thorought then;

01. Shut down system and turn off PSU.
02. Press power button to discharge mobo
03. Jumper Clear CMOS jumper
04. Remove battery
05. Remove all memory
06. Let sit for 15-20min
07. Place 1 stick of mem in system in slot farthest from the CPU.
08. Replace Clear CMOS jumper.
09. Replace battery
10. Turn on PSU
11. Press power button. (if still getting "--" or 1d then "--" then shut down and reboot again. If still same then RMA)
12. If boot occurs (ie FF Led) then enter bios.
13. Load defaults, set date/time, set mem voltage to factory settings
14. F10 save and reboot.
15. If boot occurs then enter bios, make all changes needed
16. F10 save and reboot.
17. If boot occurs (ie FF) then enter bios then shut system down via power switch
18. Place second stick of mem in second slot farthest from CPU.
19. Power on.
20. If boot occurs (ie FF) then hit reset to make sure.
21. If boot occurs then move on to allow windows to boot.

A quicker version from the one provided on top, would be to;

01. Shut down system and turn off PSU.
02. Remove battery
03. Press power button to discharge mobo (5 seconds minum)
04. Replace battery
05. Plug psu in and boot

If after this you can get into Bios, I would go back to default settings, terminating any overclocks.

Additionally, if you can get into Bios, make sure that the HD is being recognized and disable the 1.4 disk drive if he does not have one.

If that does not work, and you can still get into Bios, then insert your OS CD, then go into Bios and change settings to boot-up from your OS CD. You'll have a few options, chose the option to repair your OS. Sometimes when you upgrade hardware/blue screen/fail to post, you modify/damage boot sectors and other things in your OS. Let it do it's thing and hopefully, that should get you back into Windows. By chosing to repair the OS, you won't suffer any file loses.
Edited by Gunderman456 - 12/17/08 at 6:37pm
 
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Originally Posted by thehighlander123 View Post
so a built a pc for my bud and it worked great for a while but it crashed suddenly and when he turned it back on he got a message saying "Disk Read Error"
I had one of these when I accidentally gave a good impact to the case, while the computer was on.

Mine restarted just fine, but I did a disk scan as soon as it did.
So I would check the drive for errors...
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Originally Posted by Gunderman456 View Post
A quicker version from the one provided on top, would be to;

01. Shut down system and turn off PSU.
02. Remove battery
03. Press power button to discharge mobo (5 seconds minum)
04. Replace battery
05. Plug psu in and boot

If after this you can get into Bios, I would go back to default settings, terminating any overclocks.
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by doing thoses steps if it boots its at default.
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