I'm working on a friend's computer. She lost power last night, and when trying to reboot this morning, has found that her computer falls into a loop. When trying to boot up Windows 2000 Pro, BIOS seems to load ok, the computer goes through its routine, but when it gets ready to load Windows, it just reboots itself and starts all over. An stop error comes up sporadically (not sure what causes it) that says:
"The ACPI Bios in this system is not fully compliant to the specification. Please read the readme.txt for possible workarounds, or contact your system vendor for an updated bios.
The bios in this system is not fully ACPI compliant. Please contact your system vendor for an updated bios. If you are unable to obtain an updated bios or the latest bios supplied by your vendor is not ACPI compliant, you can turn off ACPI mode during text mode setup. To do this, simply press the F7 key when you are prompted to install storage drivers. The system will not notify you that the F7 key was pressed - it will silently disable ACPI and allow you to continue your installation."
Windows support suggests to press the F7 key when the system boots to the point that it says "Press F6 if you need to install a third-party SCSI or RAID driver", but unfortunately I never see that in the bootup process... I guess it doesn't get that far before the computer reboots itself. Windows support also says this is nothing that can be fixed from the OS level.
I've tried (unsuccessfully so far) to make boot disks from bootdisk.com, but I seem to run into trouble, perhaps because I'm trying to make these disks from a computer running XP? We haven't been able to find her Windows 2000 CD, so until I can get a copy of it, I was wondering if you all had any suggestions. I REALLY don't want to reload the OS... salvaging the data is pretty crucial.
Any help is appreciated!