A few days ago i got my new desktop and within 24 hours the same thing had happened. I've asked for a lot of help from various people/forums and there are two verdicts, either the electrics in my house are frying it somehow, or it's a boot sector virus of some kind. Only thing that gets me is, if it's the electrics (it's still plugged into the same wall socket), wouldn't that harm something else in it apart from the boot sector of the HD?
I still have some music/video files which I wanted to keep from my original computer. I put this HD in a USB enclosure on Friday and transfered the files I wanted to keep. There's a possibility something could have jumped over at this point. When my new one died originally on Saturday I wanted to make sure that a virus couldn't follow me again, but I still wanted to keep the files. So I booted up with the Ubuntu live CD and copied them over to a freshly formatted drive. I don't know too much about it but surely a Windows virus couldn't activate under Linux and hop over unannounced? I did a full memtest when I was booted up under linux and it returned zero errors.
After transfering the files to the fresh external drive I reformatted and reinstalled XP and before moving the files back over I installed Ninja Pendisk to stop anything autorunning. I ran multiple scans with Avira and Comodo and I was satisfied the system was clean.
On rebooting the computer tonight it got stuck in the same old loop. Last time I tried a whole bunch of commands in the recovery console and it didn't work, it seems the only thing that fixes it is a complete reformat and reinstall (a repair install doesn't work). Doing this every two days will get very draining so I'm hoping for someone to provide me with some troubleshooting steps to discover if it could indeed be an electrical problem (and if so could it have caused any permanent damage to the new desktop?) or, in the case of a virus I'd like to find it. The music/video collection I wanted to keep has been built up over many years and includes a lot of rare things that I wouldn't be able to find again so simply leaving it all behind is my last option. On top of that I find it hard to believe that a virus has managed to follow me through linux/the external drive/back on to the desktop with all the precautions I've taken.
If what I'm describing could indeed be caused by power surges or whatever in my household electrics, will i need to get yet another new pc? Is there a way to check for permanent damage? I can access the drive no problem through the linux live cd if there's anything I need to check.
Here's hoping someone out there can help
Edit: This time I can boot into safe mode (with my initial computer it gave me a ntldr error and on saturday it gave me a SYSTEM error when trying to boot into safe mode). Don't know if that's any help?
Edited by Skesis, 30 June 2009 - 10:04 AM.