windows xp won't start
Posted 16 April 2005 - 04:05 PM
Posted 16 April 2005 - 04:11 PM
Restore CD is....a cd that came from your system maker? What is the make and model of your computer?
And could you be very specific on the error you get?
Does the error message say "could be due to a recent hardware or software installation"
Posted 16 April 2005 - 04:16 PM
the restore cd is the one that came with my computer
my computer is an e-machines w2785
the error message does say that it "may have been caused by a recent hardware or software installation"
actually ... a new error comes up saying "verifying DMI pool data ... a disk read error occured ... press ctrl+alt+del to reboot"
Edited by watstogo, 16 April 2005 - 04:20 PM.
Posted 16 April 2005 - 07:59 PM
the comp boots to a screen which says the following:
"We apologize for the inconvenience but windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this. If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose last known good configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked. If a previous startup attempt was interuppted due to a power failure or because the power or reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose start windows normally."
safe mode w/ networking
safe mode w/ command prompt
last known good configuration
start windows normally
In addition, when I try to restore windows using my restore cd's, the following errors are noted in Symantec Ghost version 7.0
"cannot open R:\\W2785.GHO"
"cannot open GHOSTERR.TXT"
Application Error 11000 "Invalid dump file"
If anyone knows anything and can help please do!
By the way ... I may know what caused this to happen in the first place:
my video card driver and lcd monitor driver were causing problems which may have cause my comp to go into this current state
Edited by watstogo, 16 April 2005 - 08:00 PM.
Posted 16 April 2005 - 09:00 PM
Posted 16 April 2005 - 09:31 PM
Here's where I think we are...
verifying DMI pool data (normal)
a disk read error occured (this is actually the real issue(
press ctrl+alt+del to reboot, normal response to above
Windows blue screen
We've got a partition issue here, I think.
the ghost issue may or may not be directly related....if the recovery disk accesses a hidden partition...or it may be that you have made changes to the original configuration (add any new hardware)?
So, you've got a recovery cd that is no good, and no Windows CD, correct?
You obviously have a second PC...is it windows xp?
Posted 16 April 2005 - 10:20 PM
is there any way to fix the partition problem using command prompt?
let's see ... i had a 9800 pro in the comp ... took it out though cause i thought i could fix the problem that way ... my proview 17 lcd monitor drivers were causing some sort of problem cause messages would always pop up when running simple applications it would say "you're video card graphics accelerator has stopped responding"
any more info would help ...
Edited by watstogo, 16 April 2005 - 10:25 PM.
Posted 16 April 2005 - 10:24 PM
It sounds like a partition table corruption, though I am not 100 percent certain....the message you are getting is...odd. I am surprised you are getting a menu at all with a corrupt partition table.
That is why I am thinking look at the drive on a second machine...if the other computer can read it, it may just be a botched boot sector that we can fix from the command line.
If you have a windows cd...and cna boot to the recovery console....can it see the drive?
Posted 16 April 2005 - 10:27 PM
also, do u think messing with the BIOS or GHOST settings may work at all to solve the partition problem?
don't know if that helps
Edited by watstogo, 16 April 2005 - 10:29 PM.
Posted 17 April 2005 - 02:11 PM
Posted 21 April 2005 - 09:48 PM
Posted 22 April 2005 - 09:45 PM
the only thing that i had left to do was wipe out my hard drive ... which i did using darik's boot and nuke.
i reinstalled windows and all my other software, hardware, etc ... what a long and painful process
i really didn't want to pursue this option, but there was absoutely no other choice
by the way ... i installed the omega drivers for my ATI 9800 pro and it seems to have solved my graphics acclerator problems that might have caused the entire problem in the first place
anyway ... my computer is good to go
keep me posted if lampdoc finds a alternative (which means better) solution to this problem ...
thx again for everyone's help
Posted 04 May 2005 - 08:38 PM
Edited by lampdoc, 04 May 2005 - 08:40 PM.
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