I turned my machine off as normal this afternoon.
When I went to restart it literally nothing would happen - it could not find a drive.
I put the hard drive from my machine in my wife's computer (unplugged her CD ROM and put the hard drive on the 2nd bus) - checkdisk ran. There were a load of missing bits of files.
When the computer eventually started I ran AVG spybot and adaware on my disk and found nothing.
I then put the drive back in my machine, started it and it went into a cycle of XP flash page - blue screen - error msg - restart. The error msg was "lsass.exe. an invalid parameter was passed to a service or function" This would have continued all afternoon if I had let it. The machne wouldnt startin safe mode, nor would it revert to an earlier version.
I checked on the net and found : http://www.askdavetaylor.com/lsassexe_syst...ot_windows.html
I did the replacing the security file thing as mentioned.
Now, when I start my machine it stalls just before the password box comes up, showing a msg that starts" when trying to update a password...." I cannot read the rest, the msg disappears too fast
I have tried putting a new hard drive into my machine and doing a fresh install of XP, but it's a dell machine and the dispaly setting just wont change from VGA. I guess its a propreitary driver thing....
Any ideas? I have saved all of what I HOPE is the stuff I need of the drive, but I cant see a way of getting my machine to boot.
It wont start in any mode except off the CD, or in VGA mose off the "new" drive