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Windows does not load

by spacesaver63114 / December 10, 2012 4:53 AM PST

Hello, here is the issue I'm trying to tackle

Some time last week, I shut down my computer by holding the power button, don't know why I didn't do a complete shutdown but that's what I did. Next day windows won't load. Here's what I have:

My old roommate & I built this machine from NewEgg components about 5 years ago including ASUS motherboard & Western Digital SATA hard drive, running windows XP.

Here's the work & results since the incident:

Normal startup:
(paraphrasing a little) Windows did not start successfully, choose one of the following options
Safe mode
Safe mode with networking
Safe mode with command prompt
Last known good configuration
Start windows normally
All of these options fail and the system restarts

With boot disk:

A:\>echo off
NWCDEX.EXE Version 2.81 CD-ROM file handler.
(copyright information)
Driver not found: 'generic'.
A:\NWEXCD.EXE requires a Driver name wto be specified.
Invalid drive specified
Command or file name not recognized
Command or file name not recognized
Command or file name not recognized
Command or file name not recognized
Command or file name not recognized

Following a google search for failure to start safe mode I found this file - ubcd411.exe
startup with this file on cd yielded this:
HD System Type-(00)
Missing Operating System_

Asus hard drive boot disk:
Welcome to Asus Motherboard Make disk for DOS menu rev 1.0
2) Silicon Image Sil3132 SATA RAID Driver Page
3) FreeDOS command prompt
Please choose 1 ~ 3:

My concept to solving this is get to a system restore point through safe mode. Failing that a re install of windows or last ditch solution reformatting. Getting these done from here is beyond my knowledge level. I am working off a laptop preferably sparingly, with a DVD burner. I hope someone can help, I'll provide any needed info I can. Thank you.

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Did you save your files first?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 10, 2012 5:03 AM PST
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After that I use the old xp reinstall method. Widely discussed so I'll stop here but comment the damage is now sadly common with all those malwares out there.

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files intact
by spacesaver63114 / December 10, 2012 5:46 AM PST

I have my most critical files backed up, if I loose the rest that will have to be an acceptable loss. My technical knowledge is unfortunately stuck on the issue at hand, can you point me to a resource that will help me perform a system restore, or other diagnosis?

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Since the boot menu items fails.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 10, 2012 5:52 AM PST
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I know of no way to recover other than the old XP reinstall method. Here's a good so you can use the one you like.


There are plenty of articles about it and why I don't write at length about it. If there is a step that fails, we discuss that.

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Data Lifeguard tools
by spacesaver63114 / December 11, 2012 12:59 AM PST

Thank you for your attention to my problem. Before I wipe everything clean, I'd like to lay all the cards on the table. This morning I took a fresh look at my boot disk, it's Data Lifeguard tools from Western Digital. This disk says it covers drive installation & diagnostics. Is there a way I can run this diagnostic tool through DOS? Could that even help me at this point?

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Sorry but that title is not one I use.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 11, 2012 1:20 AM PST
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I see it's a diagnostic and if the maker does not bother to put a document on its use I would not bother trying it.

From the last time I used that (over 2 years ago) it did nothing to help repair a non-boot Windows XP.

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