Originally Posted by PolishPaul
Precisely! Hence a good method for working through the problem is key. Each situation, as you mention, is taken separately however, you still work through it the same way.
I think I'm talking about what steps to take, and you guys are thinking of how to accomplish each step.
Look, I've been around for a long time as well and problem solving does (can) have a logical approach to it. I've troubleshot circuits, code, software/harware/os's/networks, appliances, just about anything i can imagine.
p.s. Mak213, why was my post edited?
Okay first how can you agree that i am correct saying that each situation is unique then go on to say that there is a general approach that can be used.
No there isnt. If the systems doesnt boot and they have Linux on there you cant use a general guideline to help them. Just as if there is Win 9X platform on there or Win 2000 or Win XP or Win Vista or even Win7. There is absolutely NO General all for 1 answer.
Broad terms. Dont boot. Solution varies on so many different terms that not 1 single solitary guideline will help as each variation gives you different answers to the question. That isnt even taking into effect the other things that can come with it. Be a dead CMOS, BIOS Changes that have to be made and if they have the Media to do certain tasks.
You gave examples and now so have I. A simple and broad example. There is no way to make a guideline for something as simple as "It wont/dont boot".
Each step taken depends on the answer given to the first set of question asked. As i pointed out just above with my very broad example of "Dont Boot" depending on some answers is where the next step will take you.
If XP this, If Vista that...so on. Unique situation not a single guideline that can be used. Yeah you can sprout off the Recovery Console with fixboot and fixmbr....but that only applies to 1 OS out of many that can be in use. General Guideline wouldnt have Specific information.
The main thing is that there is no logical explination for how PC's act. I can install Windows Vista on my machine and have it run flawlessly. Yet someone else with better specs can install it and have nothing but trouble. How is that logical? It isnt. There is no logical explination cause you can not and do not know every single factor that comes into play. You do not know what they do with their PC, you do not know if they know a single thing about PC's, you do not know what actions they have taken to try and resolve this themselves, you do not know if they have done anything to hurt the situation more.
In no way shape or form is there anything logical about why a PC gets errors. Missing a boot loader. Why? Why would a machine that boots fine all of a sudden lose its boot loader? There is no logic to it. It just happens. We do our best to help people fix the issues with the little bit of information that they were given.
As for why your post was edited, it is because you had 2 posts in a row. Multiple posts in a row we do not like. We ask that people use the Edit button which is active for 24 hours. After that posting in sequential order is fine. But only after the Edit button is no longer available. You had 2 posts within minutes of each other so i had merged them.