Blinking Cursor at Startup
Posted 29 September 2010 - 04:42 AM
If I try to boot from CD, I get that same STOP error message that I got before. The Windows XP CD is June 2006.
NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart
I was looking at this Troubleshoot NTLDR but it is written in Greek. I tried pressing R and C at the Windows Setup screen but it does nothing. Then I pressed F2 for the Automated Recovery System, but then it tells me to insert some floppy disk, which I don't have. I'm guessing the BIOS is up-to-date, dunno why it wouldn't be.
I guess I have to figure out how to create a boot disk with those files listed or should I take it back out and try to run CHKDSK on it via my Dell?..
[EDIT] - I went ahead and put it back into the enclosure. When I open it up in 'My Computer' '(G:)' - it opens fine, just has nothing in it and I ran CHKDSK /r g: and got this result
Ooops, apparently CHKDSK takes awhile. At the bottom I see it says 0 percent completed. I thought it was done, but I am running it now, hope it fixes it!!
The type of file system is NTFS.
Volume Label is Gateway.
CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
File verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
Index verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)...
Security descriptor verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
File data verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...
0 percent completed.
Edited by Jazper, 29 September 2010 - 06:25 PM.
Posted 29 September 2010 - 02:54 PM
Posted 29 September 2010 - 07:01 PM
Great! That's progress for sure. Keep in mind that, as I mentioned earlier, we may have to run this check more than once to get the file system back. That the disk check is checking the drive at all is a good sign. Let me know how you get on with it.
@ spirit12 ...
Are there any error messages or a BSOD associated with the problem you are having? There are quite a number of issues that can cause a blinking cursor when windows fails to start...error messages can help determine what course of action to take.
Posted 29 September 2010 - 07:35 PM
Blue Screen Message
A problem has been detected and Windows has shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.
*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
I only ran CHKDSK once if the 'Error-Checking' in Tools is the same thing... took like 3 hours.
Edited by Jazper, 29 September 2010 - 07:39 PM.
Posted 30 September 2010 - 11:59 AM
To close the command session after the check completes, type exit and press Enter.
Posted 30 September 2010 - 03:53 PM
609763327 KB total disk space.
16 KB in 8 files.
16 KB in 13 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
84615 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
609678680 KB available on disk.
4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
152440831 total allocation units on disk.
152419670 allocation units available on disk.
[EDIT] I ran it again for good measure and got the same results.
ugghhh... tried it in the Gateway with the Windows XP CD and got the same error, but I noticed some of the numbers are different...
The numbers in parenthesis are different if that tells you much of anything. I think it's a compatibility issue. I referred back to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324103 - though I am not really upgrading, I am downgrading from Vista to Windows XP I suppose...
*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xFFFFFADF29C323c0, 0xFFFFFFFFC0000034, 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000)
When I enter RAID setup utility, at the top it says 'RAID Mode: Mirrored' and below it lists Disk Model and Capacity 'WDC WD6400AAKS 596.17 GB' it's in the delete column. So confused. I think I will buy and try to install Windows 7 Ultimate.
You are installing Windows XP on a mirrored boot partition that was created by Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. Windows XP does not support Windows NT 4.0 Ftdisk volume sets. If you are running Microsoft Windows 2000, you must convert all Ftdisk volume sets to dynamic volumes before you upgrade to Windows XP. If you are running Windows NT 4.0, break any mirrors and back up all the data on the stripe, the RAID5, or the extended volume sets before you upgrade to Windows XP. Ftdisk sets might not be accessible after the upgrade.
Last thing, when I go into BIOS, and Advanced BIOS Features and enable boot device 1 as WDC WD6, then boot device 2 as HL-DT-ST, then boot device 3 as Generic - Compatible.. save and exit, I still get that NTLDR missing.
Edited by Jazper, 30 September 2010 - 08:47 PM.
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