Sounds like your grandson fried the hard drive. Time for a new one.
Hi everyone. I have a Dell running a non OEM copy of XP PRO on a 80 GB WD HDD that was running fine until my grandson turn the power switch off and on a couple of time rapidly on my power strip connected to my PC.
The computer will start normally but now will not boot windows but just stays with a black screen and never gets to the windows splash screen. I have tried running repairs off of the XP Cd including fixmbr and fixboot but to no avail. I tried running chkdsk and get the follwing message "The volume appears to be ok and was not checked. Use /p to check anyway." when I try it I get the following message "the command is not recognized."
I tried a non destructive reinstall of windows but after the computer reboots it again stays with the black screen and never boots to Windows. Thanks for any help you can give. Dan