Solved stuck in pc dos mode

July 4, 2012 at 01:49:44
Specs: Windows XP SP2, P4 3,2 3.5GbRAM
after norton ghost2003 crashed and now can't get back to windows .
pc dos is now asking me to confirm today's date ...??!!

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July 5, 2012 at 21:07:59
Thank you everyone for your suggestions ... I found out what happened .

My C drv had died . It was a 2nd hand SATA2 drive in the first place and I'm not sure whether it just died or running ghost accelerated the process . I'm told that running Ghost gives hard drives a pretty rigorous workout because it reads every byte ...etc .
My mistakes was not noting down the drive IDs and numbers ( I didn't put this system together ) ...I ended up thinking I was repairing windows when ,in fact ,all I was doing was installing it on another of my 3 drives ...aaargh ! :)

I'm going to see if this "dead" C drive can actually be repaired .

My system has a mix of SATA and the older 80 pin IDE drives ... what version of Ghost is safe to use with this ?

Regards , Michael



#1
July 4, 2012 at 05:28:47
what happens when you confirm todays date?

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#2
July 4, 2012 at 06:26:14
There is no DOS mode in XP.

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#3
July 4, 2012 at 06:52:41
Thanks folks for getting back .

The computer wouldn't boot ... it just got locked in to "PC DOS" mode .
I didn't get to trying out editing the date , was too scared to :)

I tried installing win xp again from my original disc , hoping to repair my installation ... but all that's done is install another version of windows on a different drive/partition ... but at least now I can at least access my system ... the new Win installation is now called C drive ( which is wrong ) and I found that Ghost had created a new D drive ( 10mb ) ...and it looks like my original C drive is now called E drv and everything appears to be intact hopefully ....probably still needs to be repaired though .
I deleted everything from that D partition , so at least it will boot in to windows :)))
This is all a bit of a mess !
Big mistake me using Ghost2003 w SATA drives ... I never knew .. I know now .
Michael


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#4
July 4, 2012 at 09:13:34
I think the answer is to replace the mbr.

When you run older versions of Ghost. it does a few things when you run it. YES it is dos that it reboots to. Some times there are problems and the operation doesn't complete and you are stuck in dos.

Hang up and live.


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#5
July 4, 2012 at 17:10:35
Then it must be Ghost he's booting into, not Windows.

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#6
July 4, 2012 at 17:26:32
Thanks Jefro , I'll try replacing the MBR . I can see my original C drv contents ...MBR would be inside there ,inside the Windows folder I guess ....??? but I'm really guessing with all this . I'll have to find something more current than Ghost 2003 !! :)

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#7
July 5, 2012 at 10:01:13
Use web search for replace microsoft windows xp mbr

There may be some other ways to fix this too. It might have a ghost sort of batch file that when told to complete it will return your system back.

I had this happen a long time ago. I just fixed it by booting to the xp cd. I forget the commands like fixboot and or some other fix command.

Ghost 2003 is wonderful for XP. There is nothing wrong with it. I still have it on an old xp box and we use in in a corporate system to re-image systems. I don't know of a faster way to clone a drive.

Hang up and live.


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#8
July 5, 2012 at 12:32:55
stjam the mbr is not in any windows folder.

the correct answer to restoring the mbr is go into recovery console and use the utility fixmbr.

But that is not your issue. It was not the mbr causing your issue. Additionally you put a new mbr on a different drive [now c:] with your new installation.

If you want your first install back you need to do the following;

disconnect the drive the new installation of xp is on.
set the bios to boot the xp dvd
go into recovery console
run the utilities fixmbr and fixboot.
exit and reboot.

Do you come up on windows?

if not your next step is a repair install of xp not a new one. This will refresh the OS files and not mess with your data.

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
How to properly post a question:
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#9
July 5, 2012 at 14:50:46
"The computer wouldn't boot ... it just got locked in to "PC DOS" mode .
I didn't get to trying out editing the date , was too scared to :) "

My guess is that your CMOS battery has coincidently gone bad while this was happening and you are now seeing the BIOS screen asking you to put in the correct date. This screen does look like DOS. This could also explain the drive problems.

Does it still ask for the date every time you turn on your computer?


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#10
July 5, 2012 at 18:36:31
I suspect a Ghost operation borked it. When you use ghost it should have created a small partition and changed the boot loader to boot into either your choice of dos or the default PC-DOS. When this operation fails it leaves the small partition and the bootloader. The default question to check date is one of the old standard dos things.

As you say it could be a bios issue. His statement was the Ghost operation failed.

Hang up and live.


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#11
July 5, 2012 at 21:07:59
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Thank you everyone for your suggestions ... I found out what happened .

My C drv had died . It was a 2nd hand SATA2 drive in the first place and I'm not sure whether it just died or running ghost accelerated the process . I'm told that running Ghost gives hard drives a pretty rigorous workout because it reads every byte ...etc .
My mistakes was not noting down the drive IDs and numbers ( I didn't put this system together ) ...I ended up thinking I was repairing windows when ,in fact ,all I was doing was installing it on another of my 3 drives ...aaargh ! :)

I'm going to see if this "dead" C drive can actually be repaired .

My system has a mix of SATA and the older 80 pin IDE drives ... what version of Ghost is safe to use with this ?

Regards , Michael


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#12
July 6, 2012 at 07:04:50
Undertake a Goggle search for EASEUS they have many freeware and paid products to cover partitioning, back, cloning etal...

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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