Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:45 PM
As part of my regular maintenance, I schedule a boot-time "chkdsk" scan (via My Computer> R-click C: drive>Properties>Tools>Error-Checking>Tick both boxes*>"Check Now") once a month or so.
*My both boxes, I mean:
(1) Automatically fix file system errors
(2) Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors
When I do this, I get a message stating that chkdsk needs access to all of my resources, and thus schedules it for next bootup (which is normal).
For the first 2 years I had my laptop, chkdsk ran correctly, and I could see a report via Event Viewer.
But for the last couple weeks, after scheduling a chkdsk scan a couple weeks ago, the following happens when every time I reboot:
After the Dell black intro screen and the Windows black intro screen are displayed, a blue screen appears with the following message:
Checking file system on C:.
The type of file system is NTFS.
Cannot open volume for direct access.
Windows has finished checking the disk.
Then Windows continues to boot without problem.
I googled "Cannot open volume for direct access" and found that chkdsk could be run successfully from outside of the OS by booting to the installation CD and running chkdsk from the Recovery Console. And this does, in fact, allow me to run chkdsk.
So…two problems remain:
(1) I have to have my installation disk and go through several steps which take longer to run chkdsk.
(2) The annoying error message appears every time I boot the computer.
The only other solutions via Google search are to (1) update to WindowsXP SERVICE PACK 3 (I've had this for years); and (2) get rid of SpywareDoctor if you have it (I don't have it and never have).
Other than this problem, my computer is running fine. There are definitely no viruses, malware, etc. All my drivers are up-to-date. And my machine is fully patched.
ANY HELP GREATLY APPRECIATED.
My computer specs:
Dell Precision M6300 Workstation
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
2 GB RAM
Windows XP PRO SP3
Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 8
Graphics Card: NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M
Sound Card: SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC
Network Adapter: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Antivirus Program: AVG 9 Free
Other Anti-malware Programs: MBAM, SuperantiSpyware, SpywareBlaster
Firewalls: Windows XP Firewall and the firewall of my router (NetGear RangeMax Wireless Router WPN824v2)