I can't load windows XP on my laptop. Earlier today I accidentally had power to my computer cut off (my battery is dead and it was unplugged) while XP was trying to update before shutdown. The screen said "do not shut off your computer." Who would've thought it was so serious?
Anyway, when I turned on my laptop later it brought up the windows splash screen as always, but then it just goes to a blank screen with a cursor. I can move the cursor around, but there are not menus, ctrl-alt-del does nothing, right click does nothing. The only thing I can do at that point is a hard shut down. The same thing happens when I boot in safe mode except that "safe mode" is in each corner. I put in the recovery cd to try to do a repair, but when I do that it just goes to a screen that says c:\ drive is clean and then goes to the same blank screen with the cursor. I can't get to a reformat menu even. I finally tried putting in a live CD of Ubuntu Linux. That is what I'm using to write this. When I try to access my hard drive from Linux I get an error message that says:
Unable to mount volume
$LogFile indicates unclean shutdown (0,0) Failed to mount '/dev/sda1': operation not Supported Mount is denied because NTFS is marked to be in use.
What can I do???? I can't get my files, I can't boot windows, I can't even reformat!!!!!