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Unable to boot

by lvblkjack / January 1, 2005 12:13 PM PST

Here is the problem:

My laptop stops at a black screen with a blinking "_" on the upper left corner after the initial POST. I'm able to go into BIOS and change the boot order, however, when I try to boot it using the XP cd, it takes like 15 mins to load. I tried to use the Repair option, but then it hangs after it reboot.

Any suggestions/solutions will be greatly appreciated.

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You may want to try...
by Michael Geist / January 1, 2005 1:28 PM PST
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I'll try it, thanks Michael
by lvblkjack / January 1, 2005 1:57 PM PST
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I'll try it, thanks Michael

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Failed...
by lvblkjack / January 2, 2005 12:22 AM PST
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I tried using "chkdsk" under Repair Console, but i can only do the "/p" and "/r", I'm not able to use "/f", it saids the parameter is not valid. And it found one or more error on the disk using "/p", what can i do now?

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Now you have to replace the drive or copy it out, start over
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 2, 2005 12:34 AM PST
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XP doesn't work on less than perfect hardware. People have lamented such for years, but at this point you replace the drive or backup what you can, wipe the drive and start over.

Bob

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Try putting a space....
by Michael Geist / January 2, 2005 12:37 AM PST
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between chkdsk and /f. It sometimes matters..

When faced with a non-booting Windows machine, I will:

1) mount the drive in a working XP machine as a second drive(usually Cable Select jumpering), and try to access the drives contents from there.
2) if the drive is visible while in the host machine I would try chkdsk from a command prompt
3) if the above fails, I might try a Knoppix cd (http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html).

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Chkdsk under Repair console
by lvblkjack / January 2, 2005 12:26 AM PST
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The chkdsk command with the parameters listed below is only available when you are using the Recovery Console The chkdsk command with different parameters is available from the command prompt.

I can't get into command prompt, the only thing i can do is Repair console, or format and reinstall XP (which will be the last resort, I have important data that are not backed up).

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