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Nintenzo

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It's just problem after problem for me, isn't it.
So, I'm on the Internet one day, and the computer (Windows XP, OptiPlex GX520) decides to turn off by itself. I try to turn it back on, and I get the lovely Blue Screen of Death. It says "UNMOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME." I turn it back off, and decide to try again the next day. So, the next day, I turn I back on and try a variety of things, such as booting in Safe Mode, to no avail. Then I run a diagnostics test, and it said gave me a few error codes.

650F:0244
650F:1A44
650F:075D

Anyone know how to get my computer back?

I know this isn't the best place to ask a question like this, but if anyone knows anything about how to fix this, please help! If you need additional information, I can certainly give it to you!

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Raylax

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Have you got a Windows recovery disk, or the original installer disk? Boot it from the CD (you might need to fiddle with the BIOS settings to boot from CD, it's usually a case of hitting Del, F1, or some other function key when you first turn on your PC - there's normally a screen saying which key to press to go to set-up), see if it can be repaired. You may have to reinstall Windows from scratch. Worst case scenario is your harddrive's packed up, you'll have to get a new one. Hope you've got your files backed up D:

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Magi

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Do you still have the XP disc that came with your computer? If so, insert it into your CD-ROM and boot your computer from the disk. Select the "repair installation" options and follow the instructions. When complete, remove CD and reboot.

If you're a computer geek, then this is essentially "chkdsk /r"

You're hard drive is likely dying (or dead if this fix doesn't work.)

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Rob_mc_1

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I wouldn't use the Recovery discs yet. Most oem recovery discs wipe your drive and star from scratch and reinstall all the "trial-ware" that the oem puts on. That of course is assuming they gave you the disc or that you remembered to burn them. The sad thing is you will have to hunt for the right XP disc as each iteration is different.

I would recommend that you yank the drive and back up its contents before you proceed.

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Reala

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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306084

That link might help it restores the system to an earlier state instead of a recovery, so no need for the disk.

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Rob_mc_1

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Reala wrote:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306084

That link might help it restores the system to an earlier state instead of a recovery, so no need for the disk.

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Nintenzo wrote:

I turn I back on and try a variety of things, such as booting in Safe Mode, to no avail.

No desktop means no system restore or any other windows based recouvery tool.

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Monix2598

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Does XP have the boot from last good known configuration option? If so try that. If that doesn't work then you could try recovery using the built in partition if you don't have the disc. (This may not work if the recovery partition is corrupted which means you have to use the disc) If you manage to start go to system restore and go back to a point in time where you pc was fine.

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Nintenzo

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I know I have the recovery disk, now I just need to find it. :|

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pixelman

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I went through the blue screen of death a few years back. Lost all of my code, art, etc. Never went back to XP.

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Rob_mc_1

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Windows XP does have the last known good configuration. if it is enabled you can access it from the boot menu. at what point exactly is that message coming up.

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Nintenzo

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Maybe if my computer dies, that will convince my parents to get Mac. ;)

@Rob_mc_1 Yep, already tried that.

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Rob_mc_1

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650F:0244
650F:1A44
650F:075D
is dells way of telling you your hard drive is failing

http://www.computing.net/answers/windows-xp/dell-laptop-blue-...

  • 650F:075D Message: IDE device failed. The self-test failed the read portion of the test

-650F 0244 Block 39064072 Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected

-650F 1A44 Block 39064072 Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected

Copy what you can off of the drive and fast.

PS. Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected is refering to bad sector. it cant read or write to them.
A system restore cannot help you now. only a new hd.

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WaLzgi

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pixelman wrote:

I went through the blue screen of death a few years back. Lost all of my code, art, etc. Never went back to XP.

Backing up is always wise :)

Yeah, if it's shutting down on its own, it's usually the hardware, maybe the motherboard or hard drive. Unless you're a computer person, I recommend taking your computer to a shop

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Nintenzo

14. Posted:

Okay, I found the CD and I'm running CHKDSK. Hopefully it works!

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Nintenzo

15. Posted:

CHKDSK worked! Huzzah! Thanks for your help, everybody!

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