You have a brand name PC. What is their Tech Support saying about this non bootable problem ? As far as I know, their warranty applies for hardware problems and limited for software problems. That's why I see here since years guys who bought brand name PCs and are looking for help in freeware Forums.
This being said, yours could be interpreted in the hardware-software border, so it worth a try to your preferred manufacturer. However, in my experience brand tech supports are weak, so don't expect that they'd provide some insightful resolution procedures. Probable their standard answer to use Restore CDs.
Now, those warnings in fixmbr are standard messages. If you're afraid to try it, run fixboot and bootcfg /rebuild under command prompt after diskettes boot.
Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,
T. S. Eliot
I have a Dell Dimension 8200 Pentium 4 with Windows XP Professional. I am having problems with bootup. Everything was working fine until one day I re-booted the computer, and after the initial Dell startup screen came up, there was a blank screen with blinking cursor on the upper left. This screen comes up within 5-10 seconds of power on, so Windows never even comes close to starting. The system then hangs right there. I can't exactly pinpoint what may have caused it... I do know that I installed a Windows Update application, but I had installed something else which I can't remember exactly.
Unfortunately, I never enabled System Restore, so I don't even have the option to go back to the last known good configuration. I tried using the Windows XP CD to go into System Recovery, but I couldn't use it because it asked for an Administrator password, but I didn't know what it was. So, I downloaded the Recovery floppy disks from Microsoft, and I was finally able to get into System Recovery. I tried a chkdsk, and it said the hard drive was fine. I can navigate through the hard drive in DOS without problems through System Recovery.
Another problem is that when I boot up and try to hit F8 to go into Safe Mode, it never goes to safe mode. It never even gives me the option to go into Safe Mode. The only choices I get on the Dell bootup screen is F2=Setup and F12=Boot Menu (this option asks me if I want to boot normally, from a floppy, from a CD, or from a hard drive - none of these work, and there is no option for Safe Mode)
What other options do I have here short of re-installing Windows? I saw that there is an option to fix the master boot record, but I see all the warnings about losing files or ruining the hard drive, and I get apprehensive about doing that.
Please help! Thanks.