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My problem in a nutshell, is Windows will no longer load...
My computer was in stand-by, as normal, but when I went to use it, the screen just stayed blank. Naturally, I resetted it b/c I thought it had frozen in stand-by mode or something.
When I turn it on now, I get the usual initial screen with the memory test, and the little energy star logo. The next screen stays on; it starts with 2 columns of system specs such as Diskettes, Master/Slave Drives, etc.
Next, midway down the screen, it says "PCI device listing..." and under that, there are a bunch of colums with different numbers and stuff like IDE Cntrlr, USB Host Cntrlr, etc.
Finally, at the bottom of the page, it says, "Verifying DMI Pool Data..." "Boot from CD: " "BOOT DISK FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER".
When I do press enter, I get a screen starting with "MSCDEX Version 2.25"
Then, there are four options in a "Windows XP Installation Menu" to do with FDISK.EXE, FORMAT.COM, install with default settings, and exit.
I stopped there.
That being said, I downloaded BitTorrent 3 days ago, and was downloading a torrent. I dont know if if put some kind of virus on my computer or not, b/c since then, I noticed a monit problem with shutting down the computer, there were some windows that I had to say yes to or end task or something before it would shut off, but it was working fine before it went on stand-by, and now, it wont work at all.
I should also mention, when turning it on, it now makes these strange clicking sonds inside which it's never done before.
My main question is, is it possible to salvage the documents on the hard drive??
Any help getting this machine working again would be much appreciated.