I have lost my operating system (XP-Pro-SP3 Media center edition). My computer crashed with
the blue screen error message "the config file is corrupted - reinstall the operating system
from the install disk", and I've been unable to load windows at all. Various recovery
attempts have failed.
To save my programs and files, I installed a new hard drive (WD 640GB). Then on another
computer I downloaded, from Microsoft, a set of floppy boot discs so I could reinstall my OS
on the new drive. When I boot the computer with the floppy set to First boot drive, the
floppy drive cycles and then the computer shuts down and reboots itself,the floppy runs and
then the reboot starts again. I have to kill the power to shut it down.
With that failure, I decided to install Linux Ubuntu on the new drive. Booting into the DVD
drive the Os started to install as normal until I reached the step asking for a hard drive
partition. All the options on that screen were grayed out except the cancel and forward
buttons. Clicking the forward button got me the error message that the hard drive had not
been partitioned and to go back. Going back gets me the same me the same grayed out screen
so the only alternative is to cancel the installation.
Checking the Bios shows that the new drive is set as the primary and only drive. I had
already disconnected the original C drive (a WD 250GB) and it's backup drive (another WD
I took out the new drive, connected my original C drive to another computer by way of a
USB/Sata adapter cable and formatted and re-partitioned it. I reinstalled it into my machine
and tried the recovery disks and boot disk again. No luck. I get error 4096 "biosinfo.inf not found"
My system is not usable at all. Here are the specs for my computer that I built myself about
six months ago and was working just fine until it crashed.
Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45C-DS3R 1600
BIOS: Award Ver F2
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0 GHz 1333 MHz
Memory: Corsair 2Gb DDR3 1066MHz PC8500
Hard drives: WD 250 GB (2) Sata, WD 640 GB Sata
DVD Drive: Gateway OEM, 8.5 GB Double Layer Capacity
Floppy Drive: Generic, Mfg unknown
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 500 Watts cap.
Is there anyone out there that can help me get this thing up and operating again?