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Old 10-18-2008, 02:08 AM   #11 (permalink)
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^ It isn't working in the back either
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This is a very odd problem and it sounds like it could be the physical hardware instead of a Windows/driver problem. The next steps would require a fairly good knowledge of computers. First you could try a reformat.
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If nothing of the above worked...could always try doing a repair install, or like cvb suggested, a full-on format.
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^reformat? Does that mean I have to erase everything on my hard drive?

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If nothing of the above worked...could always try doing a repair install, or like cvb suggested, a full-on format.
I gotta a lot of stuff on my hdd so how do I do a repair install?
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You need a Windows XP CD first off. Do you have one?
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^ I have one, but can I just do a repair install with the disc without deleting/erasing anything?
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Yes you can. The steps are here on the Microsoft website: Perform a Repair Installation
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I would recommend backing important files up anyway, just to be safe. I have seen repair installs go wrong...in which case you'd need to put the drive in an external enclosure via USB onto another computer, slave it internally, or use a Linux LiveCD to retrieve your data.
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^ Okay so let me get this straight this will fix my problem and I keep all my files?

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Slave it internally? What's that and how do I do it? Linux live? Which one would you reccomend out of the two? Since I don't own an external hdd or another computer.
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No what carnage is saying is that if you lose your data you can do those to retrieve it. You can do a normal backup of data on a second hard drive if you wish. Obviously data backup through USB is impossible.
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