Access the Recovery Console by booting from the Windows XP installation CD.
Check whether your system will boot from a CD:
Press the ON button, insert the bootable CD in the optical drive, and then restart the system. You may have to "press any key to boot from CD" when prompted. Does your system boot from the CD? If not, then follow the steps below.
The system will only boot from an optical drive (CD or DVD) if the boot options in BIOS direct it to do so. Change the boot options in BIOS if necessary, so that the system boots from the optical drive (after having inserted the CD)...and reboot the system. You will then have access to the Recovery Console.
How to check and/or change the boot options in BIOS ...
To access the Motherboard BIOS Setup Menu:http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
Your BIOS Setup Menu will look and work something like this:http://www.hiren.info/pages/bios-boot-cdrom
CHECK DISK .... from RECOVERY CONSOLE
How to use CHKDSK in the XP Recovery Console:http://pirules3.14.googlepages.com/recovery_console_chkdsk
Type the command chkdsk /r
(with a space before the /) and press ENTER key.
There are 5 stages. This might take some time to complete.
If any errors are found it may be prudent to repeat the process.
Does your computer start normally now?
Edited by AustrAlien, 03 September 2009 - 02:52 AM.