Posted 29 May 2009 - 04:38 PM
Ok, holding down the on button to shut down the pc is a bad thing. Its a forced shutdown, hence it could corrupt the filesystem, and prevent windows from booting.. perhaps even lead to drive problems because of sudden power loss. Now, you can perform certain little tasks that might be able to help in the former two situations.
1: Perhaps its possible to get into safe mode:
As soon as you start up your pc and after the post screen has gone by, hit f8. Select safe mode, and after it has finished loading the various files, click yes. In the run box, type cmd. In the resulting window (command prompt), type chkdsk /f >C:\disklog.txt, this will run the check disk utility for you and create a nice little log file you can then post for us. If it says it will check after a reboot, just restart the pc and let it perform its task.
2: If no safe mode you can use the windows recovery console to perform the same task.
This is accessible either by installing it (which.. is pointless giving the failure of step 1) or using the windows xp cd. Insert said cd into the drive, ensure that the drive is set as the boot drive. Restart the pc, when prompted. Hit any key, wait for it to load files. and hit R when prompted.
In the next window let it load the language files, the default will do unless otherwise needed, Select the windows installation, but typing the associated number, typing the administrative password and logging in.
type chkdsk /f >C:\disklog.txt, this will run the check disk utility for you and create a nice little log file you can then post for us.
Let us know any developments.