A guy from work asked me to look at his home computer that his kids use to play games. His story is it used to work until the kids tried to install a new game and now it won't boot. This is what I found.
32 MB RAM
512 MB HD
When powered on there are no POST beeps but there is a LED display that reads 20. The BIOS message screen will display the processer, RAM and HD but then stops booting with the following message:
Disk I/O Error
Replace the disk and then press any key
If I boot with a Win95 floppy I can get to the A:\ prompt but I can't get to C:\. If I use a little utility called the "Ultimate Boot Disk", I can see the C:\ drive. I can also see the drive using FDISK. If I type FORMAT c:\ I get an invalid drive error. Also if I just try to CD c:\ I get an invalid drive error.
I have swapped HD's and HD cables with the same results.
Obviously this is an old system and if it has to be trashed it's not a big deal. But I would like to learn something from this and rather enjoy the challenge of bringing an old computer back from the dead.