|When I boot my computer, before windows loads it goes right to a large white smiley face in the upper left had corner and also shows a blinking curser. I can do nothing put power off my computer. |
Things you should know: my computer is protected by TrueCrypt encryption. and I run Vista
The chain of events is as follows:
I turned on my computer and installed windows updates. I restart my computer but abort the boot halfway through because I wanted to change the graphics card settings in the BIOS. My computer restarts and I go into the BIOS only to find that I have already changed the setting to how I like, but I also notice something called AMD Virtualization which I enable. I then exist the BIOS and continue the boot. I am prompted to either start the computer as usual or start up windows recovery as I had powered down incorrectly. I chose to go with the recover and it starts to do its thing. I get tired of waiting so I cancel it. It stops and my computer restarts, but now it goes straight to the smiley face.
Things I have tried, but have failed me:
1) returned all setting to default in BIOS
2) tried starting in safe mode, but I can't even get the option to appear.
3) put in recovery/utility disk for vista, but my operating system won't even show up for me to choose.
4)Tried booting into a trial version of ubuntu linux so that I could see if my files where still accessible, but it encounters and error.
TrueCrypt did something when I aborted the recovery and now I am f---ed