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XP partition hacked?

i duel boot XP and linux, via the lilo boot loader.

the problem is when i hit enter to boot XP in lilo, i get this error:

'A disk read error occurred
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart'

so i do that but i just get that error again.

i can still boot the Slack partition (using it now).

ive tried to get into the XP recovery via the XP disk, but it says 'scanning for your hardware', but then the screen stays black (i dont get the blue setup screen)

if i try to use an xp floppy, the same thing happens.

now heres the thing, i think i may have been hacked, as i was using the XP partition last night and had a run in on the net with someone who (looking back to a post of his on a forum) may have hacked me. i dont know, im not sure.

im just wondering wether theres anyway to repair this? i dont actually think it is the MBR, as lilo works, is that correct? could it be that the XP boot sector is damaged?

any help very much appreciated.

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Does not sound any different that a normal failure.

In reply to: XP partition hacked?

Your post told nothing about the PC and how you installed XP the first time. Some forget that with SATA, on some machines there is a driver CD to offer during instal.

Tell more and get get a hard disk diagnostic from your hard disk's maker.

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Reply to R. Proffitt

In reply to: Does not sound any different that a normal failure.

Hi R. Proffitt,

to answer your questions:

the HardDrive is ATA

i installed XP from the XP cd disk.

could it be that the HardDrive is failing?, the Linux partition will boot ok, its just XP that gives the error.

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Or there is a PC with some Via chipset...

In reply to: Reply to R. Proffitt

And an USB device plugged in. This is a common issue but given so many I hope you will take a minute or two to supply at the very minimum what the words in red ask for. Otherwise I can do nothing but guess and guess badly.

Yes it could be a failing drive and linux working doesn't tell us if the XP install is thrashed or much else. You can test the hard disk with it's maker's test software so try that but consider making a good complete post.

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