Not my machine, but I have it on hand. I do anti-malware work so this may get a bit technical
Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop
VISTA Home Basic SP 1 32-bit
1 MG RAM @ 2 x 512 MB DDR 2 (I know, trying to upgrade) 667 MHz, Dual Channel
Intel 2140 @ 1.6 GHz, 1 GB cache
Bios updated 12 Nov
SATA WDC WD2500JS-75NCB3 (222.78 GB, used 18.1 GB, open, 204.68 GB)
Partitions: C (2 sub-parts): (1) OS, (2) Dell recovery console, D: WIN restore/recovery
*Dell Recovery Console is software pre-installed by Dell to assist with recovery, it has a seperate partition within C:.
Optical: HL-DT-STDVD+-RW GSA-
Boot priority: HD, HD, CDROM, other=enabled
Display: PCI Slot, 8 MB, DVMT, DVMT fixed=256 MB
SATA mode = IDE of IDE/RAID
Hardware is all original "out of the box" from Dell. Original owner, though his step-brother had it for 6 months at one point.
Included Software: AOL, Roxio, Norton's
Added Software: AdAware2008, MBAM, Everest Home, CCleaner, AWC2, Spybot S+D
It's stuck in restart-BSOD loop, though if I hit it fast enough it will start in all safe modes (safe, safe/cmd, safe/net...). All advanced start functions work, though it gets caught in the loop on "start windows normally".
I initially thought maybe Zlob or some other malware but all the scans come back clean. We used AdAware 2008, Spybot S+D, MalwareBytes, CCleaner, Advanced Windows Care 2 (upgrding to ASC3), and Everest Home to verify hardware. All the scans were onboard at "housecall" until I could get it to the office. I have re-run all the above plus AVG with the HD slaved to my XP desktop, again all clean. If I can get HJT on it I'll be running that too. (AVG won't load to client because it needs a KB update. in the process of installing that from jump drive)
There is some connection to an uninstall of Norton's, though we ran system recovery/restore after for a full (supposedly) destructive reinstall and it's still doing it.
I have a boot log that can be posted at request. It's good sized, but I also have an excerpt (see below). Some files were noted as corrupt and recovery partition couldn't fix them. I'm thinking if I can replace these files it'll fix the loop.
This computer did NOT ship with recovery disks; it's all on recovery partition D:.
All the suggestions from MS refer to optical disks. Since it's out of warranty there's no way to get one. I thought about copying system files from my Compaq notebook, but I'm not entirely sure it'll work.
It also keeps dumping drivers. It thinks its DVD-RW is a CD-ROM and doesn't want to acknowledge the Ethernet port.
I've already had to manually update all the "added software", I would really hate to have to manually update WIN kb O_O
NOT A HJT LOG. I C+P'd where it found "corruption" that it couldn't fix.
Any Ideas? It's been almost three weeks and I'm about plumb out. I'm hoping you guys think of something I missed.