HP Laptop with XP home won't boot

Posted on 2003-03-07
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I have an HP XPh laptop that won't boot up. I tried the XPh cd (for the recovery console) and at the C:\ typed dir and hit enter.... after about 45 secs it showed me "Directory of C:\"  for about 45 secs and then

An error occurred during directory enumeration
I typed Help and got a list of commands - fixmbr and fixboot both came to mind so I tried both fixmbr and fixboot ( I didn't reboot in between?????)both appeared to work...rebooted - no progress

Any Ideas? Bad HD? Anyway to recover without wiping the drive and re-installing?
Question by:dslentz
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Did you try this

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP

Visual aid to the above procedure
Click on How To Run a Repair Install
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Or go to the Recovery Console again and type this in

chkdsk /r
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It comes across like the file system has gotten messed up and if the chkdsk doesn't repair it then you may be out of luck unless the repair I mentioned works.
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although this is about Win2000 the idea is the same.

HOW TO: Perform a Parallel Installation of Windows 2000
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Thanks a bunch! chkdsk = scandisk I guess with XP!
Such simplicity!
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You are welcome. :>)

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chkdsk /r - awesome - computer would not boot because it could not find a file system....

computer is now booting. all data appears to be intact!

now dx for problem that caused this fright...


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Thanks for the CHKDSK /R tip.  I had a WINXP HOME System that wouldn't boot - missing or corrupt C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Isapnp.sys.  My first thought was to rename isapnp.sys and then expand a new one from the WINXP CD, but, I couldn't even access that part of the hard drive.....so, I found this tip and it's working fine.

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