And all this time I thought I was a geek that could fix things like this. I now see the error of my ways and yield to the superior geek knowledge of this site.
Here is the problem.
when starting my computer I get the following message...
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt....vgaoem.fon
I have a copy of knoppix laying around so i'm still able to boot knoppix and search the internet for an answer. I looked at microsofts site and it says to do the following...
Inser the windows xp disc and run the recovery console. I did this and then you type..
expand drive:\i386\vgaoem.fo_ drive:\windows\system blah blah blah... where "drive" is your cd rom and hard drive.
The command seems to run successfully but after awhile times out and gives the following message..
"access is denied"
can anyone help?
I also tried using knoppix to copy the vgaoem.fon file from the i386 directory on the win xp disc and manually place it inthe windows system folder to no avail. I'm running out of ideas. I really don't want to re-format becasue I have no way to back up the data on the hard drive. For some reason I can't copy and paste to my spare hard drive with knoppix it just gives an error message.
Do you guys think the hard drive is fried?