anyway here's the rundown.
I had my computer for nearly 3 years. It is Windows XP (I think Media Center and SP2?), Intel Pentium 4, and 512 RAM.
I left my computer on for a bit over 72 hours...I know very bad!
Anyway about 3-4 hours ago, my open apps were taking a bit long to load,etc so I decide to restart my computer. So after everything log off, Windows starts back up again...however I am greeted with the message that my computer had not shut down properly and all that jazz w/e. Then I get the BSOD!!
I have gotten several over the years but this one was a UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME type. So I just shut the power off and startup again. I try safe-mode, safe-mode with networking, safe-mode w/ cmd, restart with last time settings, and restart normally or something...all which result in the same BSOD with the unmountable message.
So I do some research and find these:
According to the microsoft ones, there are 3 possible causes for this BSOD. One involves some wires or something but doubt that is it. Another has to do with BIOS settings but I doubt that too. The last one involved a damaged system file which I guess made sense. I go on and read that the error message looks like:
STOP 0x000000ED (0xaaaaaaaa,0xbbbbbbbb,0xcccccccc,0xdddddddd) UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME
where a,b,c, and d are hexidec values...
the message(s) I have gotten look like:
STOP 0x000000ED (0xaaaaaaaa,0xC0000032,0x00000000,0x00000000) UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME
with the first parameter (the one with a's) being different each time I try to startup.
Now the system file cause usually has a message of the form:
STOP 0x000000ED (0xaaaaaaaa,0xC0000032,0xcccccccc,0xdddddddd) UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME
but mine doesn't =[
Anyway I try to fix the system file. I get the Recovery Console disk from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/138692/xp-boot-fixes/
and used CDBurnerXP to burn the iso
Then I go to my computer and pop in the CD. I then change the settings so the CD is booted before the hard drive. I'm in the Recovery Console and enter the commands as mentioned in the links I found (the 3 links I used as research). These commands got me nowhere.
Please someone help! Hopefully if my computer is able to run again (without reformating or erasing anything) I'll be sure to do maintenance checks and whatnot more often for sure.
Edited by unpaidassassin, 04 May 2008 - 08:37 PM.