Here's MY scenario: Plugged a USB device (memory card reader) into the front USB port of my HP Presario a1483w and the mouse stopped responding. (I use a wireless keyboard and mouse.) Shut down the system and restarted it and rec'd the corrupt file message.
The Staples tech declared the hard drive and motherboard dead. Later, a friend reformatted the hard drive and installed VISTA. I hated it, but had no OS disc so I ordered the recovery CDs from HP. Installed 'em and have been happily using the computer until the other day when... I got a new cell phone.
Plugged the phone's USB cable into the front USB port and (guess what!) the mouse stopped responding. Do YOU see a pattern? So, I shut down the computer and restarted it, once again receiving the corrupt file message.
I see that the recovery discs aren't going to be very useful for REPAIR and I'll probably end up doing a complete install of the OS. Although it is a real pain in the butt to start from scratch and spend all that time getting service packs, security updates, etc., I CAN do it. But I'm hoping that THIS will be the last time I have to do it. My question is: What is it about the FRONT USB PORT that can corrupt ntoskrnl.exe? Or is this just a bizarre coincidence?
Thanks for any help or advice you can give!