Posted 07 May 2008 - 05:40 PM
I am running Windows XP, SP2 on a Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R with Intel Q6600 processor, 4Gb of RAM and 3 hard drives - 2 SATA (II) and one IDE (the SATAs are not in RAID).
It first arose after having left the computer on over night and returning to find it frozen. It required a complete power off. Upon rebooting there are the usual options - start windows normally, last known good config, and the 3 safe mode options.
When trying either start normally or with last known good config, it brings up the familiar windows logo boot screen, then after a short while, reboots itself.
If trying one of the safe mode boot options, it goes through all the usual driver loads, and stops at JGOGO.sys, with the message 'Press Esc to cancel loading sptd.sys'. If I press escape, this message clears, the system hangs, and reboots itself. It I don't press escape, after a short while the message disappears, and a reboot happens.
I have tried a number of solutions to this problem - I have 3 hard drives, with XP running off one of the SATA drives. The IDE is currently empty and the other SATA holds media. I have tried running windows restore console and doing a CHKDSK /R on all disks. The boot hard drive has an 'unrecoverable error' on it, as did the other sata drive but that apparently disappeared after a second run of CHKDSK /R. After having run the CHKDSK on the drives, the system amazingly managed to boot fine, however, at the next reboot the problem reoccured. I have tried swapping the SATA cable/controller on my boot drive, but that has not helped.
With some difficulty I would probably be able to get the hard drive to another desktop to have a look at, but from what I have read elsewhere this can cause problems for the host machine. I am currently at a loss as to what to do. I am currently trying running CHKDSK repeatedly, and keeping rebooting, hoping that it will work again.
Any advice gratefully received.