Very odd problem here, first some facts/a timeline, (some are stated in the title, but... clarity)
- Windows XP Pro.
- Two (parralel ATA? The ancient broad cable ones) Seagates
-- Master/Boot one Model: ST3120022A; FW: 306
-- Slave one: Sorry, didn't take a note, it's not installed right now, but model ends with a 32 I think, I can look it up later
- Computer had been infected with a rootkit and a MBR virus.
-- Couldn't identify any of em directly, but I was also infected with a Skynet trojan, which might has something to do with the above.
- Combofix fixed the rootkit/MBR, for a week. NOD32 fixed Skynet.
- Gremlin came back, with the usual symptom. Explorer changed and wanted to phone somewhere.
-- Apparently the method was registering itself as a debugger, attaching itself to opera/chrome/etc as well as Explorer
- This time I couldn't do anything; CPU usage skyrocketed and jumped from process to process when I killed the faulty ones.
- System became unresponsive, since a dead, frozen D3D app was blocking the screen.
- I hard reseted.
- Stop 0x0000007b's (Inaccessible Boot Device) ever since.
-- (Always the same thing: error code ( address, 0xc0000034, more voodoo)
Tried fixes with a rough description, time-lined:
- Scandisk: fixed some faults, but ultimately: useless
- Recovery Console, fixboot , the works: useless.
- Changing from on-board IDE to a card one: useless.
- Making the slave the master and leaving the former master out: Useless.
- Several DOS/Linux rescue Virus scanners (Avira, F-prot, Kaspersky (though that one crashed): useless.
- Low-/Mid-/High-Level formats of all kinds and file-systems: useless.
- Flashing/Updating the BIOS: useless for this issue (but probably good for something else, hehe)
- Wiping the HDD: useless
- WinXP, no dice, at all.
- BartPE with WinXP, same thing.
-- It crashes in the Windows boot/splash screen
- Damn Small Linux HDD install.
-- (I'm a Linux noob, it didn't work, but I didn't use grubdisk, only the on-disk HDD option)
- Ubuntu (most recent one)
-- Works, I'm back online, yay...but I want my Windows back...
What I didn't try:
- Taking the CMOS battery out and thus reverting to factory standards, because they don't recognize my CPU
-- I have no money to spare to buy an out of the box compatible one to re-flash
- Disks are fine, it seems, and fully accessible and operational etc, the only thing I cannot do is install or boot Windows XP on and from them.
So, what am I dealing with here?
I'm not too hardware savvy, but I can use a computer and software quite well (eventually anyway).
I might have left something out, I'm mentally exhausted and grumpy at computer, so feel free to ask, I'll answer if the electronic gods
don't smite my computer completely.
Thanks in advance, and cheers!
Edited by Erius, 15 January 2010 - 11:37 AM.