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10-12-2010 03:24 PM
I note an master boot record error 3 warning display on boot up. No problems seem to ensue even though the error is always displayed on boot up. I wonder if this has anything to do with my having installed Acronis True Image 9 with its ability to establish an ability to run a program test region that can permit the program to be deleted without to permanently install the the program on the HD. After the undesired program is removed the condition of the HD is purported to return to the condition it was in (also any registry changes I presume) prior to the installation of the undesired program (should protect from suspicious programs. Running 64 bit Vista Home Premium.
10-13-2010 01:23 PM
Nice try, but I was at that level of knowledge previously as you will see if you review my original post. Acronis True Image Home 2009 works in a satisfactory manner with my copy of Vista 64 Home Premium. I like the backup character of that program and have had only two occasions to use the test a program property and could have just as well created a restore point and used that to clear out the tested programs. Thanks anyway for your ineffectual effort.
10-13-2010 01:45 PM
So the problem started after you installed A9, hmmmmm.
Hp uses proprietary Master Boot Records, I am willing to bet A9 install broke it, it would explain the Partition Boot Record error.(which is part of the MBR)
But it sounds like you know what you are talking about, good luck with Acronis 9.
10-15-2010 03:25 PM
Actually I don't know exactly when the problem started. I just believe it was after the installation of Acronis True Image Home 2009. I usually don't watch much of the boot up waste of time so could have missed the MBR Error 3 statement for a couple of weeks after installing Acronis True Image Home 2009. I usually use the otherwise wasted time for a longish bootup for getting my second puter going (the third one uses Linux and so doesn't have such problems.) I suspect I should contact Acronis and see what they have to say about this. Interestingly enough the error warning does not seem to produce any ill effects for the operation of the computer. I know that I could back up the programs and data (I usually do regular backups) and just reinstall the OS and see what happens if I install Acronis as the first program reinstall (after essentials such as antivirus things such as graphics card files and the uniterruptable power supply software, etc.) I just hate to have to spend the better part of a day or two reinstalling and configuring all those programs that I use only occasionally but which are essential to my operation.
10-18-2010 05:02 PM
10-25-2010 04:52 PM
It appears that no other error is prevalent save the failure of F11 to work on bootup. I can get to the restore point screen via the help files so that is not a crippling problem. But I worry that something might come up in the future. I could reinstall the OS but then there is a lot of stuff on the HD that would have to be reinstalled. I am toying with the idea of an install of Windows 7 Professional as with the reinstall of the pot full of programs from a DVD disk.
FK, Ph.D. (retired professor of Chemisty.