All right. I went to boot up my laptop (running windows xp pro sp2 i believe) the other day. I'm savy with computers etc. But for some reason during the windows xp boot sequence..my laptop shut off. I then restarted it to get the lovely BSOD with STOP: c000021a fatal error and so on. Bear with me on this. The laptop is issued from college however their tech support consists of re-ghosting the machine regardless. So I would love to avoid this, Not to mention I have work due on tuesday. I tried the XP repair cd but it asks me for admin password even though I am the ONLY user on the machine as administrator but my password fails ( forget that way.) So I burned a copy of Ubuntu (from my external hd and a friends PC)d and booted the pc from that. I can access the laptops HDD via Ubuntu and back up what I need. What I am wondering is..how can I repair this problem via linux? I know I could just have them ghost the drive but I dont want to do this. I dont have another system at this time to work from. I know it has something to do with a corrupted file that was "corrupted" when the laptop pre-maturely shut off. Working with computers for 13 years, I've never had this problem. Any help would be GREAT. I know this is possible but I would like the steps via linux. Also, is there any linux software to diagnose problems etc on an xp drive?
I've looked at a few other posts and discussions regarding this but nothing related to "via linux" only.