Hello, i have a HP desk top pc which i am wanting to give to my son as his first computer to just mess around with. It was bought in 2003 and on start up it says " windows could not start normally please press F2 to continue" then when i press F2 it loads up but, it is very slow and often freezes. I have looked in F1 and it says the following " master hard disk s.m.a.r.t status bad.. It as only ever been used for simple things not a heavy internet user. Any advice is welcome i would just like to solve the issue. Many Thanks
Depending on the SMART error, the drive may be dying and need replaced. You can try running a chkdsk on it, but can't guarantee results since the drive status is unknown. A program like speedfan or hdtune can read the smart values.