Problem started a few days ago, pootah running normal, then started shutting down without warning, began doing this more often as the day wore on.
The following morning, I got the dreaded blue screen with a page fault being reported. Upon reboot, blue screen with 0x0000007b error, unmountable drive.
Have been tryng to sort this out now since. have fe-partitioned, formatted in both ntfs and fat32 but windows get to around 30% then refuses to copy files to hard disk on both winXP and winME.
I have virus scanned using various dos based scanners with nothing found, memory tested...OK, scanned drive with various scanners ie partition magic, chkdsk scandsk etc... all ok.
I got a friend to install the setup on the HD with no problem, but still wouldnt boot from it.
Tried rewriting the MBR and boot sector but no difference.
Have tried a different HD with the same problem.
The drive is recognised when I go into recovery console and a directory read, correct boot files are present but still cannot boot from HD.
The pootah was an OEM install when purchased but the warranty has expired. No hardware has been added or reconfigured apart from the HD.
Having read similar problems, Ive thought about a bios upgrade but surely it wouldnt have worked before if this was needed ?
If it is a virus could it be residing in memory and the memory scan isnt picking it up ?, or could it be hiding in the bios?
Could a virus be hiding in the 8Mb partition that i cannot seem to get at on the end of the HD?
Please remember that I can only treat it with dos based programs at the moment as I dont want to risk putting it into my friends PC as a slave and passing any virii on to his system.
Time Computers AMD Athlon 2600+
MSI KT4V Motherboard
1024 Mb matched Ram