Posted 15 September 2008 - 11:42 AM
I'm hoping someone here with some expertise will be able to help me with this problem, because I'm flat out of ideas. It's a fairly long story, I'll try to keep it as brief as possible.
I have a Shuttle SN68PT G6. On Friday last week my AV software reported that I had the Virtumonde virus. I finally managed to get that sorted by reading information in Bleeping Computers "Am I infected?" forum, but I'd tried to remove the virus manually prior to that by following online guides and messing around in my registry. Probably not the brightest idea I've ever had. Anyway, after using MBAM to remove Virtumonde, my AV software (Avira) reported that I had loads more viruses which it couldn't get rid of. On top of that, Windows Update refused to work too. I figured that since most of my data was backed up elsewhere on my network, I could just format my HD, reinstall Windows and carry on with a nice, clean PC.
That's where the problems started. After formatting the drive, I inserted the XP disc and booted from it. Nice blue screen, lots of drivers being loaded etc, looking good, then it says "Starting Windows" at the bottom of the loading screen. My screen goes black. CD-ROM spins for a little longer, then stops. PC has no activity at all. I tried it several times, exactly the same result.
To check the HD, I put it into my husband's PC. It works perfectly, Windows installs without a hitch. I put the drive back into my own machine. System refuses to boot into normal mode, I get Stop: 0x0000007E. I can get into Safe Mode, but nothing else.
I tried installing the latest Shuttle drivers. Hard drive space isn't a problem, it's a 1TB drive and it's been formatted. I then couldn't get into Safe Mode either. I concluded that the hard drive was duff. I tried to install Windows onto another new hard drive. It won't work. Again, installed on husbands PC, but won't start up on mine, same error. So I took my daughter's hard drive (existing XP pro installation) and plugged that in. Same problem, won't boot, hello safe mode.
I can only conclude that it's hardware or driver related, but I'm completely out of ideas. I've swapped out the DVD Drive, the memory, the hard drive, anything I can think of for existing known good (except the CPU, no spare), and I've hit a brick wall. The only thing left in my head now is flashing the BIOS (eek!) or replacing the mobo.
Any suggestions gratefully received. Please!