Almost a week ago, my Dell 8200 XP system was running as if mired in molasses. It took over an hour to boot to the welcome screen which made me realise that there was a malfunction due to either a virus or trojan. The PC usually boots in under 2 minutes. I have Zone Alarm Pro firewall as well as Norton Antivirus. - both are kept updated
After 5 days of trying to reformat the HD, I was finally able to do so. So far I have only resinstalled the OS & Norton.
On system start the following error message:
Primary hard disk drive 1 not found (I only have 1 HD)
Strike F1 key to continue, F2 to run setup utility
F1 allows the system to boot but takes almost 15 minutes to complete (768 RAM), then hangs. I am loathe to even try connecting to the Internet (on satellite) until I can reinstall ZA Pro & activate Norton.
Currently using my old faithful backup on W98SE.
Any help would be appreciated.