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Interesting you should mention that. Then if I run a SMART short Self Test on either HDD I get a Passing Test. and backup my data including many Videos .. I'm not in any hurry. weblink

Recover files, format, re-install. When I run the repair of Windows it behaves as though it worked normally. Do you mean try to boot from the original XP install CD? If Windows will not initiate an install (which wipes out all of your stuff) from scratch - your HDD is dead-bad.

This lasts about 1 second and then the blinking cursor appears. The customer expressed that they needed the computer back quickly, so with the interest of getting her computer back as quickly as possible, I went ahead and backed up all of I will be at work in the next 2 hours, so I will check and immediately post back with that info once it's available. Username Forum Password I've forgotten my password Remember me This is not recommended for shared computers Sign in anonymously Don't add me to the active users list Privacy Policy

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I'm kind of doubtful about it being an HDD failure, because I'm pretty sure a while ago I tried cloning the original C: drive to a brand new HDD. I was successfully able to boot up using PartedMagic and am now on the PartedMagic desktop. my Junkyard has collected 3 dead Seagates from HP's. But if it is a repeat message that I need to check for viruses remove any newly installed hard drive controllers, check hard drive to make sure it is properly configured

But after 2 or 3 minutes of what appears to be loading drivers I get an error *** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000) that states something to the effect that Click here to Register a free account now! Hopefully the automatic settings I chose have been doing the job. well before you get to the "blank black screen with the blinking cursor"!Start tapping F8 as soon as you press the power button, and keep repeatedly tapping F8.

Quote + Reply to Thread Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last Jump to page: Quick Navigation Computer Top Site Areas Settings Private Messages Subscriptions Who's Online Search Forums Forums I have had 2 dell computers lately that the customer had the same problem. You will boot from the CD/DVD drive, and follow the instructions Sep 23, 2011 #4 (You must log in or sign up to reply here.) Show Ignored Content Similar Topics It's free to download and run on the drive, but you must purchase a key to actually recover the data...about $80.For future reference, please start your own topic when you need

That's what I was alluding to in my previous post. Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard drive. I have them for the other 3 computers in the house of course. Have you checked for rootkits and/or other malware yet?

Try removing all of the add-in cards and even try a different video card. http://comvurgent.com/xp-wont/xp-wont-let-me-in.html TsVk! Turtle Beach Stealth 450 Wireless... tried safe mode with command prompt?http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315222Most likely, either the mbr is hosed, or there's a hardware issue.Normally Windows repair should have fixed the MBR, so I would wonder if the drive

Also, booting up in safe mode did not work, and neither did a system restore (I tried restoring it to an earlier date). I cannot explain why. I shut it down and restarted and a dos style like program chkdsk program popped up before i got to xp startup screen one day asking me if i wanted to check over here Anyway I guess I would have an additional 300gb SeaGate hdd sitting around in case I needed it for something else.

Edited by TsVk!, 26 November 2013 - 08:29 PM. Step 3: On the working computer:Insert the USB drive, and navigate to the file mbr.bin Zip-up the mbr.bin file:Right-click on the file and choose Send to .. > Compressed (zipped) Folder. Ok, and thanks again for the help.

and presumably we could do that.

Let's have a look at the MBR:You will need a USB drive/flashdrive and a new blank writable CD. Back to top #10 JohnC_21 JohnC_21 Members 17,317 posts OFFLINE Local time:10:54 AM Posted 27 November 2013 - 10:02 AM It is possible that your boot.ini is corrupt. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate. I used several utilities on the Ultimate Boot CD to try to force a boot or write a new master boot record, but no success.

trnsprt, Nov 6, 2010 #3 Noyb Trusted Advisor Joined: May 25, 2005 Messages: 20,097 Esc is NOT the Bios .. Ask a question and give support. After rebooting, I got rid of my linux loader (I wasn't booting into Fedora anyway), but it was still just a blinking cursor. http://comvurgent.com/xp-wont/xp-wont-let-me-log-in.html Current Boot Priority is Floppy Group, CD-Rom Group, HDD Group, network boot group.

It will check any manufacture drive, I use it all the time. I would say my computing skills are at an intermediate level, but im really stuck with this problem. ... make sure to use an 80 wire replacement and test it. -- "a lot of people are better dead" - prisoner KSC2-303 Quote 29th Mar 201216:19 #23 p_l View Profile Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard drive.

A screen first came up with a list of languages on the right, and it counted down the seconds to boot up, then when it got down to one second the I apologize for not providing that info in the original post. Let's try another bootable Linux CD/flashdrive and see if we can get it to successfully boot on your HP laptop. I am truly sorry there was no answer to your post back in 06.