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Xp Won't Boot After Running Cyber Scrub


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#1 science of sound

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 04:39 PM

Hi,

The title says it all - CyberScrub has changed some kind of start up information since it takes control of the swap file on a reboot in order to wipe various files, etc., and now it won't boot. I have run this app many times before with no problems... but I have recently cloned my orignal HD to a new Seagate 120MB drive. Windows has been working/booting without trouble for a week since this upgrade.

I am running XP on a Sempron 3000+, 512MB RAM, 120GB HD (100+MB free space). I have the recovery console installed, and I can boot to that, but if I choose XP I get a black screen.

Does anyone have an idea as to what CyberScrub does on a reboot? If they had a forum I would be there, but they don't. Nor do they have phone support!!! :thumbsup: So, I'm stuck with a non-working computer until they get around to calling me back. I'm unhappy to say the least. Any suggestions appreciated.

Thanks,

Tim

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 01:11 AM

I don't know anything about CyberScrub so I can't help you there. A couple of things you could try:
  • If you can boot into safe mode you could run the System File Checker (sfc /scannow).
  • If you can not boot into safe mode you could do a repair install of Windows.

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 09:09 AM

Thanks for the tips. I cannot boot into safe mode, only recovery console. I can't find definitive info about whether FIXBOOT will cause any damage to my data.

I've been searching for info on the boot process but I can't find anything definitive. In what order does XP utilize the MBR, bootsector, boot.ini, ntldr, ntdetect.com (what follows these I don't know). I am getting to the boot.ini and then the PC stops (screen goes black) when I make a selection.

Tim

Edited by science of sound, 26 July 2007 - 09:10 AM.


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Posted 26 July 2007 - 03:16 PM

If you have Recovery Console as a boot option then you have had to have the XP OEM installation CD. That means you can do a Repair Install using the CD by booting from it and answering affirmatively when asked by the installer if you want to do a Recovery Install. Do not choose to run the Recovery Console from the install CD. The wording for the repair install question is "To repair the selected XP installation press R".

After a repair install you will have to re-activate XP and re-install all the hotfixes again. However, all your programs, files and settings will remain intact. Here's a good guide with screenshots of the process:

http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/How-to-repa...ws-XP-t138.html

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 06:45 PM

fixboot will not corrupt your data - it will merely rewrite the boot sector of the hard drive so that you can boot. You can corrupt things using bootcfg /rebuild fairly easily if you enter stuff you aren't sure of. Fixmbr has a higher chance of corrupting data, but it's not very likely.
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