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A virus? or what?

I have a windows xp pro machine that just quit booting from the hdd.  I can boot from floppy or cd and it runs fine but if I let it get to the hdd it immediately freeze and several little blocks show on the display each is a different color and each contains 1 ascii charater... The first is the female symbol (circle with cross under it). the rest are at an angle going down a couple of rows and over ~1/3 of the screen with the following letters in them -- l a d y h.  I have tried to do a chkdsk from the windows install disk, I have try to run fixboot and i have tried to do a repair of windows with no luck. any suggestions?
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Glenn Kiddle
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nobusCommented:
i would test the disk; use any of these :
http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm                  Drive Fitness Test
http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com/support/hard-drives/software_utilities.html#diagnostic Fujitsu
http://www.samsung.com/Products/HardDiskDrive/utilities/shdiag.htm            Samsung
http://support.wdc.com/download/#diagutils                        Western Digital
http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT                  IBM & Hitachi             http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=Downloads&vgnextoid=51e092db8a13d010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD  Seagate & Maxtor
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r-kCommented:
Something seems corrupted on your hard drive. I would advise running a couple of non-destructive diagnoistics as advised by nobus. Before doing anything you may want to copy your important files to a backup device if you haven't done so already. The BartPE boot CD (http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/) contains an explorer like program to help with this.

Did the chkdsk succeed when you ran it?
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Glenn KiddleAuthor Commented:
Check disk did run successfully or so it said ( I actually had run it 3 times).  I also ran fixboot but and have done a windows repair but still get the same result.  The first thing I did was to run ontrack data's data advisor tool which is a generic hdd diagnostic.  I will try a make specific one next.
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Glenn KiddleAuthor Commented:
The drive is a seagate and i ran their tool... the disk is functioning properly!  the error must be in the data.  Any ideas?
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nobusCommented:
backup the data, if possible, and do a fresh install.
you can use  a bartPE or Knoppix live cd for backing up the data, or hook the disk as slave to a working system
or try repairing the install with ERD commander
ftp://ftp.uni-kl.de/pub/linux/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V5.1.0CD-2006-12-30-EN.iso                                   Knoppix      
www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/                                                                   BartPe
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,25445-order,1-page,1-c,alldownloads/description.html    ERD
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r-kCommented:
Yes, I agree, recovering user data and a reformat is probably the best choice. Another possibility is a repair install:

 http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

but do backup important files first unless done already.
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Glenn KiddleAuthor Commented:
I have tried a repair install of the os already with no effect. I think I will have to try a backup of data with a low level format and recreation of the partions.
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