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NVIDIA Boot Agent 249.0542
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PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting NVIDIA Boot Agent.
This loops for about 5 times and finally, underneath the last sequence, it says the following:
DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER
I figured that the Operating System got corrupted for reasons that I'll explain afterward, so I decided to try and do a Windows Repair using the disc. All was good and well until I actually clicked on "Repair your computer" and no OS was listed in the System Recovery Options where it said "If you do not see your operating system listed, click Load Drivers to load drivers for your hard disks". That wouldn't help considering I never had to install any drivers for my hard disks. All my hardware is 3 months old and just a month ago, I ran stress tests on everything possible, memory tests, along with many other tests to check my system (including MemTest86 & Prime95). Including the stress test, I also checked all the blocks on my HDD for errors at the time so it isn't the problem.
Anyway, if I did in fact press "Load Drivers", I was able to see all the files on the drive. Along side the "C:" drive, there also was a drive named "Boot(X:)" which I'm assuming is the cache (not sure). Anyway, in the Windows folder of that "drive", there was a folder named "Boot" in which I even further found a folder named "PXE". The only files I'm able to view though are .inf (Setup information) files and in there was one named "WdsConfig". I tell you this because that folder seems as if it's of some great importance, considering it looks like what the NVIDIA Boot Agent explores. Maybe that folder is corrupted and maybe I can replace it by copying, pasting, and replacing it from my flash drive (just a wild guess).
In any case, what I was in fact successful in doing was using the error-checking software that comes with Vista, since I was also able to right-click the drive and use the tools that were in the properties. I selected both, to automatically fix file system errors and to scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors. A few common errors were found, all of which were fixed, but nothing major, again hinting towards the fact that the HDD and SATA connection to the motherboard are fine (and yes, I did try different SATA ports). What I was also successful in doing was a System Restore back to when I know the drive was booting (though I'm not too sure what that function recovers exactly, besides program changes).
The tools I'm given if I continue, even if I don't select an OS, are the following:
-Windows Complete PC Restore
-Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool
Without choosing the Operating System, it obviously says that it's unknown, an even worse factor being that it doesn't even know what drive to do any of the actions I'd select, which basically makes all those options null besides Command Prompt. By entering "rstruie.exe /OFFLINE:C:\Windows", I was able to do a System Restore which ended up not helping anyway. Since the system can read the drive in the BIOS, I want to again try to emphasize as much as I can that there is nothing wrong with it - it's just Windows.
The strangeness to all of this is that this happened after I solved another problem I've been having for the past 3 months. Before my current power supply which I listed in my profile, I had the Rosewill 600W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready Power Supply (RP600V2-S-SL). Only recently have I figured out that the reason my system was freezing (probably at an average of every other day) and the reason it took me multiple tries to start up my system was because this power supply wasn't supplying enough amperage on the 12V rail (a max of 35A), considering that only my video card uses 26A from there. (The system usually froze during video playback, even more so during high resolution video playback.) I tried to find the reason for this issue two months ago but found improbable causes and the reason I looked into it now again and found the solution was because my system stopped starting altogether.
Basically, I replaced the power supply with my current CORSAIR one, where I ONLY REPLACED THE POWER PLUGS AND TOUCHED NOTHING ELSE FOR CERTAIN. I really didn't touch anything else so it seems odd to me that this problem occurred only now when I replaced the power supply, and not any of the other hundred times I shut my system down manually because of the freezes. I double checked that I had everything plugged in fully and properly. Maybe it had something to do with my system not starting up at all with my previous power supply. IMPORTANT: What I meant by my system not starting up was that all the fans turned on and ran at 100% as usual, difference being that usually this takes place only for a few seconds till the motherboard beeps. When it didn't start up, the fans just kept running at full power and my EVGA 680i motherboard just stopped at error code 25 (displayed on the board itself), which is video card related, probably because it's really the thing that was using most of the amperage. -Anyway, that issue is solved now.
By installing a fresh version of Windows onto a new hard drive and making this current HDD a slave drive, or maybe even placing it into an external shell, is there any way I can fix Windows on the drive since I'd have access to an OS on the other drive? Maybe I could replace some Windows files required for startup. Basically, can anybody recommend something for me to do? Thanks very much to all that even read this wall.
Edited by Typhoon859, 09 October 2008 - 06:36 PM.