I am new here, and have already found a lot of helpful tips regarding my problem although still have yet to fix it.
I have XP installed (or did) and was online playin a game when pow, system froze and then went to the BSoD and said something about being stuck in an infinite loop. So, I powered down, and rebooted and thats when the system wouldnt boot.
I can get the system to boot and process and POST, I do get the beep. I have checked the bios and it does recognize that there is a western digital 320 gb hd, and it also recognizes my optical drive.
I have tried to repair the installation in the recovery console but I got the message when I ran the check disk that I have one or more unrecoveralbe errors on the harddrive. So after numerous atempts I tried to reinstall windows, but it said it would have to format. So i did. It formatted, installed windows, and then when its done and reboots, it just gets stuck in a loop....reboots, posts, quickly flashes a message somethin about boot error and then over and over reboot.
I went in to repair console, chkdsk....said drive ok but /r to check anyway. did chkdsk /r and first couple of times it would never say it fixed errors, but this last time 3 or 4th time running it...it goes from 75 to 50 75 to 50 and then sowly climbs from there.
This last time it said that it found multiple errors and had fixed them. so i exited and tried again...same thing.
I cant seem to get the system to recognize that windows is on the HD. When I run bootcfg /list it lists 1 C:\windows or something in that order. Since everything is gone due to the reformat (and before finding this forum with help on fixes lol), and I have an external with important stuff IE music/photos backed up, not too worried but I would love to try and save this HD if anyone can help.
Thanks for anyone with the time