First Symptom is that when I boot, let's say about 1 time on 10 boots, I get the Windows Xp boot screen but it is darker than usual and nothing goes I have to reboot again using the reset switch and I get the boot menu asking which way I want to start Xp and I usually select Start Windows Normally and everything goes ok. Ok... this is maybe not a big problems but it really bugs me and maybe it is related to my other problem.
Trying to solve this problem, I thought it could be my MBR. So I tried fixing it from the recovery console but when I type fixmbr, windows tells me that my mbr is either damaged or corrupted. I choose yes to fix it but if i reboot and boot WinRecConsole again and type in fixmbr, windows still tells me that I have a non-standard or corrupted mbr. Also tried fixboot and also tried to fix mbr with a third-party software ( Partition Table Doctor ). Also tried to fix mbr on my 3 hdds using fixmbr /device/harddisk0 1 2 3 ...
The other symptom is that when this strange boot happens, I usually have a problem with some application already installed and newly installed. As here it's Acronis True Image and Fruity Loops Studio 8. What happens is that when I launch the application, the FL.exe or TrueImage.exe appears in the process window but the application won't launch. I also tried opening more than one and they all open in the process but nothing comes up on the screen.
I'm thinking of formatting my C: drive but I did once and the problem was still there. My bios are up to date and all my drivers should but I will double-check those to make sure. I tried searching many forums for similar problems but I did not get anything concrete.
Thanks for your interest!
Here's a dxdiag... thought this could help.