Sluggish response and extreme hard disk activity
Posted on 2004-09-20
The other day I received a generic message about Windows running low on virtual memory.
As you do, I thought nothing of it.
When I woke the next morning, I noticed that Windows was in the process of a reboot however the reboot does not complete, and the system reboots again before the log in screen.
I have attempted to log in through safe mode, and through Last Known Good Configuration to no avail (both trigger a reboot also).
I have a separate partition with another installation of XP on it which I can boot into, however it takes upwards of 30 mins to get into and when I do get in, there is practically constant hard disk activity and it takes a very long time to perform any tasks, let alone starting a program.
Things I have tried:
- There is little to no CPU load on the system
- No new programs or drivers have been loaded.
- I attempted to do a repair installation, but the drive (C:) is listed as an unknown partition
- I ran "Fixboot" from the recovery console. (Haven't tried 'FixMBR' yet)
I did receive a symantec warning relating to changes to the configuration (which makes me worry about a possible hacking)
I really don't want to have to format the partition if I can help it so anything you can suggest would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks very much.