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Windows XP Pro Won't Boot


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Handsome_Pete

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Hello,

I have a Dell D610 with XP Pro that is not booting. I have tried booting normal, into safe mode, and last know good config. I have been reading up on some things and here is what I have all tried:

1. Used BartPE and ran a McAfee and Spybot Scan (Spybot found some cookies but everything else came back clean). Tried rebooting in the various modes and got nothing.

2. Ran CHKDSK from BartPE. Everything looked normal, it didn't list any corrupt or unreadable data. Tried rebooting in the various modes and got nothing.

3. Booted to the Windows XP Disc and used the recovery console. Copied the NTLDR file to C:. Tried rebooting in the various modes and got nothing.

4. Booted to the Windows XP Disc and used the recovery console. Used the "fixboot" cmd. Tried rebooting in the various modes and got nothing.

5. Booted to the Windows XP Disc and used the recovery console. Used the "fixmbr" cmd. Tried rebooting in the various modes and got nothing.

6. Booted to the Windows XP Disc and used the recovery console. Deleted the boot.ini file and ran the BOOTCFG cmd. Tried rebooting in the various modes and got nothing.

I don't think it is a virus since the scans came back with nothing. I know that viruses can infect some of the boot files and it is possible your anti-virus can delete/clean/corrupt them giving you issues, but shouldn't running those commands from the XP disc fix that? I don't believe the disk is bad because I can slave it and read all of the data and no disk errors pop up in the Event Log.

I know since I have the data I can easily back it up and reinstall and my problem will be solved. But I like to figure things out and thats just not me :) . Any ideas?
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Also, when I try and boot into safe mode, it hangs on loading partmgr.sys. Is there anyway to replace this file?
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No ideas?

I tried the XP boot Disc solution found here. I get an error message while its loading the first disc that reads:

File \biosinfo.inf could not be loaded.
The error code is 512

Setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit.
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My problem was a corrupted registry. I found the solution here.

Now, the trick is figuring out what corrupted it!
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Hello Handsome_pete,

Welcome to GeeksToGo. I thought I should make you aware that you may have to reinstall some of your applications and reapply some updates with the fix you preformed. Then again you may be just fine.
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