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Yeoman

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Hi - a number of thing have been causing me grief recently. While I know something is not right, all I can do is describe the symptoms to see if someone can suggest anything. Here goes:

My PC runs well while ever I do not turn it off. However I dread re-booting, because of all the problems it seems to create.

It takes between four and six minutes to load my programs at startup. I do not have much to execute, Norton (which takes longest) outlook express and thats about it.

Symptoms that may or may not be related are:

1. On startup I get a white message on a blue screen that reads, "Checking file system on C - The type of file system is NTSC -Cant open the volume for direct access - Windows has finished checking disk".

2. I am unable to start the computer in safe mode. It begins, and fills the screen with its drive checking data, and then freezes for good at the first screen. I then have to force a re-start in normal mode.

3. I have done a fsutil dirty query c: and it comes up Volume - c: is NOT Dirty

4. I have done a read-only chkdsk, and it says there is a problem somewhere, and to do a chkdsk c: /f. When I do this it says something like, cannot fix because the volume is in use by another application. Do you want to check the disc on startup? If I say Yes, when the system re-boots I go back to the first error message outlined at point one above.

I'm sorry I'm not using the right jargon, but as you have guessed my knowledge is pretty scant.

I am having no trouble with the speed of the PC once everything is running OK as long as I dont have to shut down and re-boot for any reason. But obviously something is not right.

Can any one help me please.
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ZEUS_GB

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Hi,

Try running chkdsk in the recovery console.
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Hi, thanks for posting a reply. Yes I did try that, but got to the bit where it asks for a password. My instructions were that XP does not have a password, just to click ENTER. When I click ENTER nothing happens at all. Have tried it a couple of times.

I forgot to mention that I am running Norton, Stopzilla and Tuneup. I believe that I am pretty much virus and adware free.
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The password could have been set by the manufacturer. You could contact the manufacturers tech support and see if they know the password.
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