and welcome to Geeks To Go.
The file in question is related to the Kernel and is needed in order for the operating system to start. This type of error is normally software related but I do not want to rule out anything.
The steps I would normally take for this error are the following.
- Make sure the hard drive is plugged in correctly and shows up in the bios
- Do a repair installation
- Do a manual system restore
- Do a format and re-install
From what I have read you have already tried a repair installation to which did not work. Does the hard drive show up in the bios? To access the bios press either F2 or delete upon bootup. It may help if you press these one after another. If you see a message called "Press F2 to enter setup" or something along them lines, please follow them directions to get access to the bios.
For a manual restore please see this post
If the hard drive shows up in the bios then to me it sounds like you have a very bad corrupted installation to which you will need to format and reinstall of the operating system. For help doing this please see this topic.
As far as data backup is concerned your best bet would be to connect the hard drive to another computer via a usb cable and try and get your data back that way. To do this you will either need a 3.5" external caddy or a 2.5" external caddy depending on if you have a desktop or laptop.
Edited by wizzy2k5, 16 February 2009 - 10:58 AM.