This machine is a hand me down, and no install disks are available. Has valid COA sticker.
In addition to the symptoms I will describe, I would appreciate the following questions answered, and it may help others in their search.
1. Is Windows Media Center Edition 2005 an enhanced XP Home or Pro?
2. Can a slipstreamed XP Home or Pro be used as a recovery disk?
3. How to enable RAID array in mirror mode using a windows boot disk recovery console. I have XP Home, PRO original disks plus slipsteam versions of sp2 and sp3 available.
Windows does not recognize any drives when trying to run recovery console off the cd.
Ok, symptoms. User was running the machine when it blinked, and maybe froze, but he restarted it.
User login screen comes up, 4 users I a couple with no password needed.
Desktop appears to load, but all that is available is the background picture and mouse pointer.
Cannot get into task manager, ignores any attempt, no error message.
Safe mode loads just a black screen with safe mode in the corners, again with ctrl-alt-del ignored, no task manager.
If I try to run sfc /scannow, I get error to effect service not available.
Tried safe mode command prompt, was able to initiate chkdsk /f, on restart, in which it found and corrected a large amount of errors.
Ran a PCLinuxOS remastered Livecd with an updated KLAMAV virus check, it found nothing substantial, just broken executables and encryped zip files.
Ran independent drive tests, found no bad sectors or other problems.
Dell Model XPS Dimension 400/9150. Note: No standard KB/mouse connector, all USB. RAID drive pair in mirror mode.
Edited by Nerdful Things, 10 November 2009 - 08:50 AM.