Can't logon to PC after scandisk

Posted on 2006-03-29
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I have a really weird problem with a Windows 2000 hard drive.  The HD wouldn't boot, so I put it as a slave into another PC.  It booted up, but it scanned the disk automatically during the first boot.  It found a lot of bad files, etc and supposed fixed them.  Now when I try to log on to the PC, it gives an error about "Limited virtual memory" and that I need to adjust the page file, however, it won't let me go there, it just returns to the logon screen again.  I took the slave hard drive out, and it still does this with just the original master hard drive in it (that previous to this had no problems at all). It does the same thing when I try to boot in safe mode.
So how can I adjust page file size if I can't log on to the PC?  Why would a problem on the format of the slave hard drive cause the master hard drive not to allow me to log on?
Question by:maharlika
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    Hit F8 or F2 and boot into safe mode.  Adjust it in there.  Then reboot.
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    by:Will Szymkowski
    What you might want to do is hit F8 to bring up the config menu and then choose "Last Know Configuration" and try to get into windows.

    Hope this helps.
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    As I said originally, it does the same thing when booting in safe mode.  I tried "last known good configuration" and it does the same thing, too
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    Hrm sounds like a virus. If driveA is possibly bad, and you boot from driveB, with driveA as a slave, normal disk operations in no way will cause damage like that.

    That being said, if there was a problem with the controller on the disk, it may have caused damage via the IDE ribbon - but it doesn't sound like that at all. It sounds more like a virus.

    I haven't had to clean that kind of virus in years. Versions of symantec used to have an emergency boot disk with scanning utils for this type of virus - you might want to do that.

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    I still don't know what the problem is, will just reformat and reinstall it

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