Infected and can't boot into windows

Amd / XP2000
May 5, 2009 at 03:17:35
Specs: windowsXP(sp2), 1.6ghz/1gig
I attempted to run a games called mame yesterday and the game didn't open. I researched to see if there could be a problem with it as with a few freebies that can be downloaded often are but my brother in law said it was all good. After that I had trouble. Hard to remember the sequence of events but i was suspicious when the dam thing didn't open so I installed Avira. Ran it without it's updates and it detected a adware/spyware and I deleted it. I didn't have the avira updates as that machine is offline and I happen to have the original install file of avira as I have installed it on someone elses machine recently. I try not to have windows online as it is just too vunerable. Anyway now the damn thing locks up when it is going into windows with that screen with the progress meter. I tried to go into safe mode using F8 to use the last know good configuration or whatever it is called and that goes no where plus I tried safe mode but i just get all these entries starting with multi (0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\Windows\system32\DRIVER...............
Many lines almost to the end of the screen and then it stops.
I only did a clean install a few days ago but haven't done any MS updates.
I did also read somewhere that Nero 7 or some part of it could be the cause and I have that installed too.
Could it be MAME or Nero?

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#1
May 5, 2009 at 08:36:20
Well after many try's and now after putting the windowsxp cd in the cd drive for some reason I was able to get into the OS. I was able to scan with Avira and I manually updated it at some point before this boot. It scanned and there was only one 'warning' but no infections. I did a reboot and I can't get back in again.
I am trying everything all over again to see if I missed something but I have no idea where to go from here.
I also used a program to clean. What I do not remember. Cache files, temp files etc but can't remember the name. Maybe disk cleaner?
Geez all over a game that is supposed to be safe.

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#2
May 5, 2009 at 08:58:53
Well this is a mystery. This time I booted from the winxp cd and it did that progress thing like it is going to install then the screen went black but the power button is still on. I don't think there was a noise from the machine except from the fan/power supply. The hard drive light on the front of the box wasn't flickering anymore. I left it on for a while to see if it would right itself but no go. I gave it several shots. Gee what could be wrong now? Maybe hardware?

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#3
May 6, 2009 at 03:18:19
Gee I am not even able to reinstall windows. I put in the cd and it has a progress meter or whatever it is called....saying that it is going to install but then the screen goes black. The power led light is on but not the hard drive light on the front of the case. I can hear the power supply/fan. The kb has a red light and the monitor a green light.
Hasn't anyone got any suggestions???

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#4
May 15, 2009 at 08:24:05
OK well if anyone goes through this one this is what I did. Lot's of things seemed to be going wrong.
I found a ribbon cable that was damaged(it did work even with a replacement so I worked out it need a 40 pin cable and not the 80 pin one), the video card was sometimes noisy(fan on the card), usb 1.1 card not working.
So I remembered what someone said is to take out the pci cards and see if the machine boots up.with the video on board enabled ofcourse in the bios. And sound on board if a sound card was also taken out. Have the driver cd for the motherboard etc and reinstall whatever needs to be installed. Then one by one put in the cards you know are working or don't have the consistant problems like mine did before. The video capture card never caused problems and neither did the sound card so they were put back in one by one. Installing the drivers, testing and then rebooting. Then the next card. This was my solution.

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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