I have been through a long 3 day fight to rescue my computer, I ll be short and to the point.
Upon Startup, Windows will get stuck at the Windows Splash Screen where the status bar on the bottom that would back and forth.
Windows does start up in Safe Mode
No evidence of any virus/malware...no files were downloaded or exchanged. The person had his computer on, shut it down then couldn't trun it back on.
Here is what I have tried:
I did a Chckdisk & Defrag
I ran windows repair with XP CD and did the following:
Fixboot - Returned an error "FIXBOOT cannot find the system drive, or the drive specified is not valid"
FixMBR - Seemed to work.
I tried to do a:
COPY D:\i386\NTLDR C:
COPY D:\i386\NTDETECT.COM C:
And it told me there is no CD or Floppy in the drive even though the XP CD is there and it booted from it.
So I went in safe mode and manually copied the files - It still didn't resolve the issue.
Additional information that i am not sure if is relevant but I am hoping you might help you guys:
Computer Uses Promise fasttrak 378
When I logged in Safe mode and looked at the Event Viewer I found two errors repeatedly happening:
(error) Event ID: 9 Source: Fasttx2k1 "\Device\Scsi\Fasttx2k1 did not respond within timeout period"
(warning) Event ID:51 Source: Disk "An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk0\D during paging operation"
Additionally, I updated chipset drivers and in DOS start up sequence ( ones before the Windows Splash Screen) It says that Fasttrak 378 is "Functional"
Also, My CD Drive doesn't recognize any disks I put in there in safe mode , but does recognize the windows disk if I reboot from CD to run the repair option. And like I mentioned before, when I tried to copy the two files "COPY X:\i386\NTLDR C:
COPY X:\i386\NTDETECT.COM C:" It told me I don't have permission.
I also was trying to back up my files, in safe mode, and occasionally on some files it said that it couldn't back it up because another user or program was using the file even though nothing was using it.
just throwing all the info out there hopefully someone can make a link and help me.