reloading start problem

Acer / ASPIRE 4720Z
September 9, 2009 at 02:58:50
Specs: 2000 pro SP4, AMD 6000+/4 GB ddr 800
The computer started running very slow and I have been through myriad virus and malware checks. I think Ihave the cleanest computer in the state. I have run memcheck several times, I have defragged, chkdsked, reinstalled drivers, basically run out of options for slow computers.

I decided it must be in the registry, maybe a loop or somthing, so I am trying to reload 2k. I put the cd in, ran setup, and when it tried to restart, I got a stop error, could not find boot drive.

I checked the boot.ini and my regular 2k shows drive 0 while the 2k setup shows drvive C.

I changed the setup to the same start drive and partition as the regular and now it cant find ntoskrnl.

The computer is setup as a dual boot with Ubuntu. Ubuntu runs on an IDE drive and 2k runs on a SATA drive. I go through the menu to start 2k or Ubuntu, pick 2k and then get the menu for either win 2k or setup win 2k.

The win 2k will start, just excruciatingly slow. By the way, Ubuntu and the Express Gate on the Asus MB run at normal speed, so it does not appear to be a hardware problem.

The question is, how can I change the boot.ini file so that the 2k setup will go ahead and run and reload 2k for me?

The system is an Asus M2N68-VM mb, AMD 6000+, 4 gigs ddr800, Nvidia Geforce 7050PV/630a built in vid, 750 gb drive in two partitions, C and D, 360 gb IDE drive with Ubuntu and a swap partition.

Any and all help greatly appreciated.

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September 9, 2009 at 06:05:30
Before you reload W2k I suggest you check the status of the hard drive controllers. Verify you are running in DMA mode if IDE or that you have dedicated SATA drivers installed for any SATA controllers.

Also verify you have LBA enabled in the BIOS. Look at the link below.

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September 9, 2009 at 16:48:22
Thank you very much. All you mentioned are OK. BTW, I apologize for not mentioning that everything has run beautifully since I built the computer until recently when it decided not to run properly. Again, thank you for your help. Any ideas on how to get it to reload?

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September 9, 2009 at 17:14:37
I mentioned it because just yesterday I had to repair a box for a friend that is running Win2000 and for whatever reason the SATA drivers had fallen back to some old MS drivers.

As far as the dual boot with Ubuntu goes, I am not the one to help because my experience with Linux is Knoppix off a CDR.

Windows assigns drive letters, they don't exist prior to that. Your drives should be identified in Disk Management as Disk 0 & 1. Check it out. Sorry I can't be of more help.

Look to see which drive the boot files are on. If on the Win2000 they will be lost when re-installing.

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September 10, 2009 at 15:26:26
Here are the boot.ini files I have tried;

original boot.ini when trying to reload stop error

[Boot Loader]
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Setup"

tried the boot.ini below and could not find ntoskrnl

[Boot Loader]
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Setup"
original boot.ini when trying to reload stop error

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