A Dell Dimension 8300 with Windows XP Home Edition locked up a few days ago. I wasn't home but my wife said it gave the following error message...Windows Delayed Write Failed
Windows was unable to save all the data for the file C:/ffastunT.ffl
The data has been lost
This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connection.
Please try to save this file elsewhere.
I was able to get back into Windows and I initiated a scan disk with repair in case she had a bad sector or two on her hard drive. I then had to reboot. The scan disk reported no problems with the drive. I rebooted again and to date have not been able to get back to the desktop. It stops at either the "Please wait while Windows starts" splash message or the log in screen but either way it freezes up and won't go any further or launch windows.
I have no idea what I am dealing with here, maybe a virus, maybe a corrupt windows file, maybe a hardware failure, or something else.
(I use AVG 7.5 and it is updated often and it runs daily.)
I have no idea what to try next. I've exhausted all the tricks I know.
I have looked for "safe mode" boot but I can't find it on her machine. I went in to F2 setup and F12 boot sequence and I don't see it anywhere (and I'm not confident it would help anyway).
I have a second HD and back-up that machine automatically nightly but I'm not sure if it's set up as a boot drive or storage only (or if it even has a copy of windows) I was trying to protect the data mostly.
Additional info: The C drive probably has 85% available space so that can't be the problem. The PC has been a bit slow lately and I was going to run a Hijackthis log to post but I didn't get around to it.
Thanks in advance
Karl the Roadie