On my wife's PC, XP can't boot all the way. This serious problem was caused after a stupid forced "power off"
caused by myself by pushing the front power knob for several seconds.
I have tried many ways to boot XP. I will not describe them all, unless you ask me for more details. The most common method is using the Windows CD. The option "last working" configuration freezes right after the Windows-XP logo, showing a black screen instead of the accounts welcome screen.
The common factor of many various attempts is that the computer freezes as soon as access is made to "something" on the harddisk, which maybe is related to the file system, or maybe is related to one or more corrupted or blocked Windows files.
I a nutshell, I would describe the issue ... as if XP (only !) denies itself any acces to the drive.
Conclusions so far
- None of the Microsoft utilities on diskette or CD's seem able to reach any further as a hangup at some point.
- Using third party CD's or diskettes (Partition Magic, GParted, Ubuntu Live CD) are able to see all the partitions including their properties and browse all the files. The Ubuntu Life CD was able to "erase" one or two not important files (meaning the disk can be written at the right locations)
- Maybe this issue is caused by the filesystem or with Windows-XP files being "locked" or corrupted.
- Copied all the data and the contents of system partition to external disk (using Ubuntu live CD)
- Tested acces for writing on HDD as well (same Life CD)
- Dowloaded the MBR record sector to a file, in case it must be analyzed (using special application).
What would you suggest ?
Edited by Merel, 10 December 2009 - 01:38 PM.