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#1 Venek


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Posted 27 August 2007 - 08:05 PM

Hoping someone here can help me out. I finally got my computer up and running after running an XP repair installation. Before, my computer kept restarting itself over and over (while I was in shower, no less). Thought maybe my BIOS got screwed up, so I loaded the defaults. The POST was normal, but then I got an error saying NTLDRT file or something like that was not found and to do a reboot. Figured I was hosed, so that's when I pulled the XP disk and ran the repair.

Now I'm trying to run a System Restore to a point just before I uninstalled all the NVIDIA drivers via DriverCleaner. The restore point is not there. I guess running a repair installation wipes that clean.

I have Acronis, but I get an error from the program saying no hard disks are found. That makes me nervous.

What's even more weird is when I try to access My Documents or My Computer, apparently Adobe Acrobat 7.0 is trying to install?!? WTF?!?

I don't think I'm EVER going to download a beta video driver again. I also don't think I'm going to buy BioShock or MOH: Airborne anytime soon. Those three things seem to have conspired to throw my 'puter out of whack.

Safer just to do reformat/install? (For about the 5th damn time this year alone). I suppose I could reinstall XP, install Acronis, and THEN try to get the back-up, right?

If anyone can give me answers as to what the hell just happened, I'd appreciate it.


P.S. It was the NVIDIA beta video driver that's supposed to be more compatible with BioShock if that helps.
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Posted 28 August 2007 - 05:46 AM

If you have an Acronis boot disk, boot from it and see if it'll detect your hard drive. If that doesn't work, try Acronis in it's own Safe Mode from the boot disk. If that still doesn't work, then it may be that there's a problem with your hard drive.

I'd suggest running a bootable diagnostic utility for your hard drive. One is usually available for free from the manufacturer of your drive. Once you're assurred that the drive is OK, then you can try reinstalling Windows.

I've been using Acronis True Image since version 7 and haven't had any issues that weren't solvable with it. It's a robust program that does what it says it will - and does it well. I'm beta testing v11 and it's looking pretty good too!
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