My notebook has refused to work for about six hours now, all of which has been dedicated to try to fix 'er. The Windows XP SP2 Pro box began to seriously slow down, so I decided it was about time for a restart.
Didn't get the results I wanted. Whenever Windows finishes the logo + blue scrollbar screen phase, I get a blue screen that states my 'DEFAULT' config file, embedded in the 'CONFIG' folder of the WINDOWS directory, is corrupted or absent.
The many different startup options all fail with this error.
First thought? "[bleep]."
I have tried a repair through my recovery disk. No dice. The malignant config file halts it in its tracks.
I tried backing my data up on my two partitions aside from C:, using the bootable Linux distro Knoppix-STD, which I'm using to talk to you guys now. Also no dice, because NTFS is overprotective and does not let me transfer the files.
The latest change to my machine came in the form of the Battlefield 2 Demo install.
I'm pretty sure it's a boot sector virus. However, I cannot scan the partition in my current situation; I'm an utter Linux newb and don't even know how to go through folders. Do any of you know something that can scan and determine which bug actually bit my machine, preferably during the boot sequence, so I can find the appropriate fix software?
Do you have any other suggestions?