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Lenovo desktop issues

by golfsalot / November 11, 2010 5:44 AM PST

I have a Lenovo desktop 8139 with Windows XP. It will boot up to the bios fine, it will run Knoppix fine. I took the hard drive out and ran Maxtor tests in an external adapter. Hard drive passed fine. I select the option to boot to safe mode or regular and the result is always the same, a black screen. I ran chkdsk on the drive also. The IBM f11 option (which I hate!) did not work either. It tries to recover but then fails. Right now I am running a Antivirus scan with Avast on the drive. Any suggestions? Corrupt MBR? No error messages or blinking lights like missing OS when booting, just a black screen.

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When the F11 restore option fails
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 11, 2010 5:46 AM PST
In reply to: Lenovo desktop issues

I find I have to use the recovery CDs. Try that next.

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If I had them...
by golfsalot / November 11, 2010 5:53 AM PST

Looking for them but not hopeful.. by the way, Avast scan running 17 minutes has now found 7 infected files. Computer had 35GB hd, only 355 MB was available. Removed 5GB of files and then tried to boot, to no avail.

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What else do you have?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 11, 2010 6:54 AM PST
In reply to: If I had them...

This is usually the sad story of lost media or other. It's not unlike a flat tire and no spare or jack or lug wrench.

Tell the forum what CDs you have for XP and if Linux is an option. For example I lucked out a few times by installing Ubuntu along with the existing XP and GRUB handled the boot duties that we couldn't fix because there was no XP CD to be had.

This only delays the inevitable need for the OS CD and is worth mentioning since it works once in awhile.

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XP disc worked
by golfsalot / November 12, 2010 7:28 AM PST
In reply to: What else do you have?

Used my own copy of XP and booted to the CD. Went into Recovery and command prompt. Corrrupted MBR. FIXMBR and right back to Windows. Now the OS needs massive cleanup, virus scans etc... I don't know if this model of Lenovo allows creation of Recovery Media but if it does I will recommend the owner create them. This is why I don't like recovery partitions, if they don't work, you are lost. On the other hand, if you lose your recovery media, you are out of luck also.

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