Seems like when I have a problem I don't trust myself... lol
Anyway, my son's PC shut down normally last night and is now presenting with a "Disk Read Error." The system is a Dell Optiplex GX280, XP Pro, SP3, SATA 250 Gig, 3 Gig Ram. I have booted to the Recovery Console and run a FIXMBR and FIXBOOT with no luck. Am now running a CHKDSK C: /r (13% completed). I have the Dell Recovery CD that came with the system. It includes SP3. I am trying to avoid at all costs doing a fresh install due to the amount of programs on it. The system is fairly new (refurbished). The hard drive and Ram is new. The drive is a Maxtor. I have no diagnostic disks for it. I need help folks..... I heard that you cannot do a repair install with the type of CD that I have... is this true? I do have an XP Pro CD (Holographic), but no key. The original key sticker is on the case, and there is a sticker on the Recovery CD. They do not match. Not sure what to do after the chkdsk.... In Recovery console, I can see the disk fine.