My Windows XPSP1a suddenly will not boot up. So I put in my Installation CD to try and correct the problem. The message came: "Error Code 4. File \i386\KDCOM.DLL will not load . . .exiting setup."
Suspected cause: I'm at a friends house and I tried to use his monitor, thinking XP would adlapt to it.
Some background: The Installation CD is my own, the OS and computer are my own and have never been anyone elses. I did recently have a virus, but got it out of my system and have been working OK for a few days. I have reinstalled XP several times without problems over the last 2 years. My last reinstall was a few days ago,and for the first time I did it online, which gave me "new setup files". Following setup, my dialup ISP software could not access my modem, even though the modem is working. Everything else worked OK. I do have a complete set of Windows updates loaded. In fact I was getting ready to install Service Pace 2, of which I have a complete download.
My computer is a Small Form Factor with Pentium III.
There are two NTFS Partitions on my disk. I'm not willing to format the whole disk, because of the Logical Partition that has all my data backed up on it. But I'd be will ing format the Primary partition, becaue, as I said, I'm ready to do a SP2 Install once I can boot up.
In fact I tried to run FDISK on it but for some reason that didn't work either. Itried rewiring the Book sector, hoping to get Partition Magic on the disk and reformat the offending Partition, but it won't work -- it says "can't save the original boot sector, operation unsuccessful"
I don't have a boot disk, but perhaps could download one. I'm on another computer right now -- obviously not on my own. Please answer quickly while I can still do somethiing.
What in heaven's name is giong on? I've never been so boxed in with a computer problem in 8 years of fiddling with these things.