Ive been searching forums for days, time to post my issue. Few nights ago I booted my laptop (IBM T43) and received something close to "Disk Read error" before even hitting the windows or any black option screen. I receipted my hard drive, checked the bios and set to default settings and tried again. Same error. After tons of forum ideas i had an old Bart PE cd from a friend (so utilities were limited) and booted from cd. When doing this i ran the beginning of a program within bart pe called a43 managmenent utility. But I say ran the beginning because I did not click next or attempt to run anything within. I got to a screen that when pointing to my choices of drives (ie. x:bartpe, B:(forgot name but not even sure why that drive was listed), and my c: drive. When I chose to "pick the file to use" from the c drive, i chose nothing but was able to verify all my files were visible on my hard drive... Withn Bart I was able to pull up a cmd prompt. I ran chkdsk /r from there and right off the bat I was getting "unreadable something ( I apologiz but its been days and I dont want to give false info), it was not clusters though. Im sure of that. I got a bunch of those and it showed the unreadable "spots". Ie. 1052, 1053, 1054, 1060, 1061, etc.. after awhile it moved onto the rest of chkdsk. I think there were some damaged clusters but it claimed it repaired them all. Anyway, when I rebooted, i now dont get the disk read error, I now get some weird syntax about a paragrapgh long that doesnt even list errors its just weird syntax. I can get it if you need it but i promise it is not errors or unreadable msgs.. [bleep] there not even msgs.
Now I should have recovery console on the machine from when I used combox fix n installed it months ago. Maybe I do, I dont know because hitting f8 doesnt take me anywhere and when booting i dont get to the point of any options, such as hitting "R" to enter recovery console. I wanted to run last known good config to see if it would work. So question 1 would be, is there a way to access the advanced menu through a cmd prompt?
Anyway, i then popped in my win xp pro sp 2 cd. My computers been updated to sp3 since then obviously but whatever. I booted with that n first hit the letter R to run recovery console. It took me straight to a cmd prompt c:\windows. I was expecting more of a gui faced option (never used before) so I had to research commands. I ran fixmbr and fixboot. None of those resolved the problem.
My next step was to boot to the xp cd again but now choose install, accept terms, then choose to "r" repair the current installation. I finally thought I was getting somewhere unti it checks for available space or something on C: and boom... it just freezes at 75%! Maybe freezes isnt the best word, but I left for an hour and came back still at 75%. I tried an external USB CDROM and ran it on there but still not gaining percentages after 75%.
And thats it... Sorry for the long post but I wanted to explain the details. I guess if there is no fix we can come up with then my suggestions would be, is there a way to access (or turn on) the advanced boot menu (for safemode and last known good) through either a cmd prompt? Im lost and really just want to boot to my pc... Oh when i ran also in recoverconsole the cmd I think bootcfg /list? The one that lists your boot list. It came up with /fast detect and / something-optin (again sorry for lack of memory. Plz all, any suggestions?
Thank you so much,