Having some strange problems. About 5 weeks ago my computer was unable to boot up all the way into XP. It blue screened and went into a reboot loop. I did a XP repair and the computer still would not boot until I disabled the ACPI feature in the BIOS it then ran fine until 3 days ago when it said Error Operating System not found.
Did a fixboot and it booted up fine but Windows seemed to be corrupted because the taskbar did not come up and I couldn't get the start menu up with ctrl+esc or using the windows key. Also could not configure many items in the control panel ect.
Ran chkdsk /R found a few errors. I then did a XP repair and again it would not boot until I did a fixboot. After getting it to boot up Windows still did not have a start menu or task bar and many items were corrupted.
I then did a complete new reinstall. Windows XP seems fine but I can only get into it once after doing a fixboot else I get error Operating System not found. So just to be clear after doing a fix boot using the Repair console I get one chance to boot into Windows if I shut down it will not boot up again until I do another fixboot.
I have been running a hard drive monitoring tool called Active SMART
which is showing that the hard drive is fine. I also took out the hard drive and put it into my old computer and ran a full virus scan using Norton and AVG both came up clean.
Any help is greatly appreciated. Still have no idea if it is Mother board, BIOS, hard drive or new nasty virus.
I just bought a new hard drive and installed Windows 2000 instead of XP and it seemed to be fine rebooted at least 20 times with no problems until I enabled the ACPI in the BIOS and tried to open a file on the old drive which I installed as a slave. Then I could no longer boot all the way into Windows froze just after log in. I am now in the process of formatting and trying again with Windows 2000 on the new drive. Not sure if it was the file I tried to open or enabling the ACPI which was the first problem 5 weeks ago.
Edited by Marko400, 09 August 2005 - 01:08 PM.