Can you boot into Safe Mode?
Does a Linux Live CD work (something like Knoppix)?
Here goes ;yesterday after having used the computer for a while , i rebooted the computer and all i got was a blank screen....no message or logo about windows starting up...i tried several times to no avail.
I googled with another machine and i tried to make an XP boot disk from the XP dvd , copying the needed files on a linux box but my boot disk was no help , just got the message that this was not a bootable disk.
I also tried to boot up from the XP dvd but it froze at the part that says thad the install disk is checking my computer's configuration or such , my system is in the french language .
I could access the disk from linux on my second hard drive and i boot into linux with a floppy , never touched the MBR.
Lilo is on that floppy and windows is the other option but it would not boot from that either.
I gave up after a while , shut down the computer.
Just for the hell of it i gave it a go this morning and the *<"xx...started.
I proceeded to make a boot disk (do not know if it will work though)
The reason i posted is it will probably happen again and the fact that it would not boot even from the XP dvd ( legit , original ) is not very reassuring could it be a bad sector of the hard drive ? Has anyone had that experience before ?
This is Win XP Home Edition on AMD Sempron 2300 , 512mg Ram 80g Maxtor.
Thank you all for you help. ps= running a virus scan as i post this.