#1. I understand the Windows 7 RC1 is out...but it says on their site that you will have to do a full install when the release comes out...so I was trying to wait for that. And do it once. Now it looks like that is something I may need to do...either completely re-install XP Home or try Windows 7 RC1...lots of friends are using it with no issues whatsoever.
#2. Does Combofix seem like something I should run? Why would someone tell me not not do the recovery console when running it?
#3. MSI support said:
"Regarding your concern,we suspect your system has been infected by virus.
If possible,please fully format your system and reload a fresh new Win XP OS with service pack 2;
In addition,please visit following link to download and update to the latest BIOS A7508NMS.140:ftp://ftp.msi.com.tw/BIOS/7508/
We would suggest you try to update the BIOS by using USB Bootable pendrive.It is convenienct for you:
1.First of all, please make a bootable USB pendrive. You can download USBoot.rar from the link below.Then please unzip this software and install it to make a bootable USB pendrive:ftp://ftp.msi.com.tw/Tools/
2.Next go to our website to download BIOS file, then copy “AFUD4281.exe” and “A7508NMS.140” into USB.
3.After that, restart PC, press F11, choose USB booting under “boot sequence”.
4.Under DOS mode, please type “AFUD4281.exe A7508NMS.140”(without the quotation marks)and it will be updated successfully!!
Remember to Load Optimized Defaults under bios setup after you finish the BIOS update!
I don't really like that answer. I want to know exactly what the source of the error “The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\D.” is. Is this a "virtual" "HAL drive?" I cannot figure this out...and noone has been able to tell me. I don't think it is an actual hardware device. I have a "C drive" and an "F drive." Right?
Reinstalling the OS seems to me to be a solution similar to the store that sold me the PC...lets try to replace what is probably the issue without identifying the source of the problem...by elimination it "must" be the OS...but what happens when I reinstall everything and the same error re-occurs? Good times. For this reason I am leaning toward Windows 7.
#4. I have SeaGate drives. I downloaded SeaTools for Windows and tried to run it. I get this error in a small "pop-up" window:
Fatal Error: Device Discovery (on top)
Value cannot be null.
Parameter name: value Int 32 IndexOf(System.String,Int32, Int32, System.StringComparison)
I created a case with SeaGate.
I guess I pretty much have no choice but to redo the OS. Even though I do not think that is the problem. I suppose it could be. I could spend $59 for Microsoft support, which has solved my problems effectively in the past. This just does not make sense. Thanks for any and all replies.
Edited by mplsbeatnik, 26 June 2009 - 12:46 AM.