Greetings all. I have another question open for a related issue but I need a bit more exposure, hence, a second post. Original post was for a missing system file. I successfully copied it from the repair folder and that error is gone. The hardware is a Dell Optiplex GX280, XP Pro, SP3, Maxtor 7y250M0 250G Sata Drive, 3 Gig Ram (3 - 1G sticks). The system hung on shutdown. Did ctrl-alt-del and immediately shut down. Waited 5 minutes, rebooted, all normal. Shut down, normal. Booted next day with the following error:
"Ntfs.sys is missing or corrupted. Will not boot to safe mode either.
What I have done so far:
run Chkdsk /r found 2 errors and corrected them
Copied Ntfs.sys from XP CD to the drivers folder (after renaming the original Ntfs.old). No change
Booted UBCD to test the Hard drive... ok
Booted Knoppix and run Ntfsfix on /dev/sda1. no change
Booted ERD Commander, and performed the following:
copied Ntfs.sys again from ERD CD. No change
File checker. No corrupted files.
System Restore. No change.
Removed all Ram and tried one stick at a time in each of the 4 slots (12 reboots total). No change
Power supply is 3 weeks old and is a Power and Cooling 500 Watt
When attempting to boot, I get hashes across the bottom that slowly fill until I get the error message. Kind of looks like Windows 2000 booting.
Last thing done to system before problem occurred was installing EA Games Spore. (This is son's PC) Ran no problem for 3 days prior to this issue occurring. I am at work but will try any and all suggestions as soon as I get home. I am really desperate folks. I have the installation CD from Dell, but not sure if it is a recovery CD or Installation CD. A recovery CD means a reformat. Installation means I can do a repair... I think??? What have I not tried yet??? My son is so bummed... and it's my birthday today :), so someone make my day plssssssssss...