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Corrupt boot partition?

Posted on 2004-10-26
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Windows 2000 Prof machine reboots just before logon screen and in a flash shows a blue screen.  This is after the Windows Prof logo and the progress bar is done.  I've tried chkdsk /p and turns up ok, I also ran fixboot and fdsk /mbr.  I am able to mount it to another machine as a slave drive and I can still read the contents of that drive.  

Any other suggestions?

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Question by:nelson97
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    Hello Nelson97,

    Have you tried booting in Safe mode ? What happens when you boot into Safe Mode (press F8 during boot up to get the option) ? Have you tried the "last known good" option ? What significant changes occurred just prior to this ? Did you just install or update a device / driver ? Can you go into Safe Mode and set the option so that it does not restart automatically on a bluescreen so we can see the messae ? (To do this, go to Start -> Control Panel -> System -> Advanced -> Startup & Recovery -> uncheck automaticaaly restart

    Thanks & post back!
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    No, I can't boot into safe mode.  Also reboots here.  And Last Known Good was the first thing I tried.  No way to access the desktop.

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    Hi Nelson,

    There could be a couple of things that could be wrong, please try the following:

    - Test your computers RAM, use this free utility from Microsoft, http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp
    - If the above does not work, you might have to perform an "In-Place Upgrade" of Windows 2000. Please see here how to: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/292175/EN-US/ ; a related article FYI to this http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBJ/tip4500/rh4508.htm

    Thanks and Good Luck!
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    One other thing Nelson, was your machine working ok and then all of a sudden this problem started happening ? Do you remember what you could have done that started causing this problem ? eg; installation / update of a driver, putting new hardware in, installing new software ? I am thinking it could be spyware, virus related too. If it is, I strongly recommend that after you follow the steps I mentioned above that you scan for viruses and spyware...

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    I've installed another hard drive on the box and boots up fine, so I'm concluding that it's specific to the hard drive and not other hardware on the box.  I've also tried an inplace upgrade and selected R for repair and then the manual option, but it came back saying that it didn't find an operating system to repair and prompted to try to detect os again or try with an ERD....

    And as far as anything suspicious happening before the issue, there really wasn't any, including updates, or installations.  As far as scanning for viruses, what software can I use to scan with if it doesn't boot to the desktop.  I know Norton 2000 had the ability to scan during boot up, but not sure about Norton 2004 Corp Edition.  Any ideas?

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    Can you mount this hard drive as a slave in a working machine that has a Anti Virus scanner and scan it there ?
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    Is there Data on this Hard Drive that you need to take ? If yes, then when you mount it as a slave in another machine, you should do that. Then bring the drive back to the machine in question, and perform a clean install of WIndows XP form scratch, formatting your partition first.
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