|Thanks for the replies. John, I'm already running chkdsk successfully. It recovers errors each time I run it. Rich, I was able to get a disk utility, Fujitsu in this case. It did a quick and comprehensive test and found nothing. I might try an alternate HD tonight. Given the original 7B error and the chkdsk errors it makes sense the drive might be having probs, but the diagnostics came back fine. So for now I'll assume it isn't the drive.|
I thought I was using boot logging correctly but it turns out I was looking at what was being logged by safe mode. The normal boot process doesn't appear to be getting far enough to log.
The CD drive has bad drivers. I've tried uninstalling them. I also completely removed the CD drive with no success. I went down to one stick of RAM and swapped it out, still nothing.
What I'm curious about is what does it mean that I can get to safe mode with no problems, but can't even get to the XP screen on a normal boot? If my MBR was messed up would I even be able to get to safe mode or view the contents of the drive?