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Apparently, there's an error on the HD (hard-drive) because when Windows starts scan-disk at boot, it stops somewhere. I hear about two beeps, and the monitor goes black. Nothing happens, and it seems like the monitor turns off.

I believe this may be a disk error or something, but I can't verify this. When this happens, I restart and make sure to exit scan-disk because the same thing would happen if I don't.

I tried opening ScanDisk in Windows, but it takes too long and give up on it. I tried looking for an alternative to ScanDisk that speeds up the process, but couldn't find anything.

Do you guys know what I should do? And what causes the problem I have at boot up?
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I assume you are on Windows 98?

If so reboot your computer to a DOS prompt.

type: scandisk /autofix

That will run scandisk and automatically fix errors. It won't be interfered with by other programs that are running which is usually what happens if you try to run it in Windows.
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I assume you are on Windows 98?


You are amazing. You still remember. :) Yes, I am on Win98.

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type: scandisk /autofix

That will run scandisk and automatically fix errors. It won't be interfered with by other programs that are running which is usually what happens if you try to run it in Windows.


I hope that will have a tremendous change in speed. Thanks. I'll try it out tomorrow, and will reply to let you know of what happens.
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*lol -- no, not so amazing. I remember you, but not that you had 98. Iit was your description of the problem that made me assume 98. Win2k and XP don't work quite the same. Good luck!
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ATNO, I did what you said and these are the results:

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Microsoft ScanDisk

Log file generated at 11:36AM on Friday, October 08, 2004.

ScanDisk checked drive C for problems, with the following results:

Directory structure

ScanDisk did not find any problems.

File allocation table

ScanDisk did not find any problems.

File system

ScanDisk did not find any problems.

Surface scan

ScanDisk did not perform any tests.


The whole reason why I performed this was because I wanted the surface to be scanned to see if there are any errors. Now, I won't know if there are any problems, because Surface scan was skipped. Is this a good or a bad thing (skipping surface scan)?

I tried to go back to ScanDisk for it to scan the surface, but it skipped it again.
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My apologies -- do it like this

scandisk /autofix /surface

I forgot it didn't automatically do a surface scan.

As an alternative, you can run scandisk in "safe mode" with roughly the same results and efficiency as the DOS scan. Just choose thorough if running in safe mode.
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Thanks a lot ATNO. I went back to scan the surface, and ScanDisk did not find any errors.

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