Posted 21 March 2009 - 09:13 PM
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen tos tart repair.
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Now, this makes perfect sense if the OS was malfunctioning. But I was using this computer last night with no issues at all. The only issues I've had lately are with a faulty slot for my RAM, limiting me to 1gb.
I turn on my computer this afternoon, and enter my BIOS password. I get prompted as far as my topic title, and then I can reboot using CTRL+ALT+DEL, and I'll either get the same message again, or I'll get a black screen with just a flashing cursor immediately after entering the BIOS password.
I secured a Windows XP SP2 disc (the Windows I'm running, except mine was OEM, and this copy is Volume License... but that shouldn't matter for repair, should it?) and put it in the drive with the above results repeated, with the computer prompting me to insert a Windows Setup CD-ROM. I even double-checked my BIOS: my boot order is CD, Floppy and then HDD. It should have prompted me to "Boot from CD" after telling me it was "Verifying DMI Pool Data."
Used to think I was a smart guy and knew how to handle problems like this... But the solutions I knew to use don't seem to apply. What's my next step? I'd use a Live Linux Distro to attempt a recovery (like Knoppix or DSL is supposed to do), but if it won't boot from my CD, I'm kind of lost.
Suggestions? I knew I needed to buy a new comp anyway, but this changed from "nagging problem" to "emergency" real quick. This is the machine I do my classwork on. So the HDD needs to be recovered, or accessible (if only because I can't afford another copy of Windows, and the only license I had went to the copy that's on my HDD) to pull from.
So... HELP!! Please?