Hi guys, Iím after a bit of help here, so bear with me, lol.
My laptop went belly up this morning just at the vital moment when I really need it.
Fortunately I have a backup I can use, hence how I can still get on here, lol, but this was the last thing I needed this morning.
Apologise for the length of this, but itís gona take a bit to explain.
I donít think this is relevant but the hard drive has been nearing its limit for a while now, it is or was, down to its last 2-3GBís of space, but knowing this I had already ordered a new one last week after I was paid.
Anyway, it was fine yesterday, no problems at all and it shut down perfectly normally.
And no, no changes have been made with either software or hardware in any way, shape or form, itís only been shut down and re-booted.
But this morning it booted up as far as the black XP logo screen and froze there, staying on it with the little blue bar running, but didnít move off it for a good 25-30 minutes before I forced it to shutdown.
When it re-booted I got the usual safe mode options etc.
I tried last known good configuration first and it was exactly the same, froze on the black XP logo screen.
Next I tried safe mode boot, it came up with loads of lines of text all starting:
ď multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows\system 32\drivers\........Ē
First part is all the same, last bit where I put dots is all different SYS files ?
Thereís loads of it, it goes right off the screen and happens so fast I canít even read the first line of whatever error message may, or may not, come up, and it freezes there, I canít seem to scroll up either, to see if I get any error message.
Seeing as I have everything backed up a couple of weeks ago, I didnít have much too loose.
So I stuck the system recovery disc in and wiped everything with a fresh install figuring my over packed hard drive must have just crashed out.
To my dismay it was still exactly the same.
Next I unplugged everything from the lappy, dongles, trackball etc, nothing left plugged in except the network cable and power supply, and I done anther full recovery. (which, by the way, appears to work perfectly)
And yes it was still the same, so now I figure the hard drive must have simply given up the ghost.
Low and behold, thereís a knock at the door and the new hard drive turns up, lol, timing could not have been better.
So, in it goes, along with the system recovery disc again, and all appears to go well as it had before.
And yes, you have guessed it, itís still the same and now I am stuck as to what to do next ?
Logic would dictate that as the hard drives are fine, then it must be another hard ware failure, but what ?
Having said that, when trying to boot in safe mode all that text with sys files listed suggests something is corrupted to me, but it canít be the windows install itself as this is fresh, so what does that leave ?
Can the bios get corrupted and cause this ?
Any ideas or suggestions gratefully received ?