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#1 jonjosh

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 10:12 PM

Hi, I am having a horrible problem with my computer. It keeps restarting after a 3 seconds of the Windows XP boot up screen. Is there any way to fix this?
I am accessing the computer through a BitDefender Rescue CD. I was previously removing viruses before this update through the RescueCD.

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 11:22 PM

Hi jonjosh -

Are you able to start in safe mode at this time - Tapping F8 as you start windows -

Thanks -

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 05:34 AM

FWIW: Rescue CDs are usually not current, lagging several months behind the more recent malware.

System manufacturer and model?

Are you saying that the Rescue CD allows you to boot into XP?

<<I was previously removing viruses before this update through the RescueCD.>>

What update?

What transpired that resulted in your attempted use of this rescue CD?

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 06:12 PM

Nope, I cannot boot into safe mode and it just goes in a loop also.

Sony Vaio VGC-RB34G

My mistake on the update. I meant to say beofre the loop happened. I could normally boot into the desktop and windows.

I used RescueCD because I knew I had a lot of viruses because it kept on freezing and it prevented me from removing the viruses.

Yes I can only boot into the first VAIO splash screen then after that it just keeps looping in to a restart.

Edited by jonjosh, 07 May 2010 - 06:13 PM.


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Posted 08 May 2010 - 11:47 AM

I think the problem is that the C:/$Mft is corrupt. THats why i cant access the windows. Is there any way to fix this without running chkdsk through windows?

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 12:05 PM

See comments by Leonard Grey at Link..

<<I think the problem is that the C:/$Mft is corrupt. THats why i cant access the windows.>>

FWIW: I think that your system is probably infected and that's why you cannot access Windows...but I've been wrong before :thumbsup:.

The reboot loop is a known symptom of various malware agents that exist.

As for the MFT...chkdsk /r is not guaranteed to correct problems with the MFT or NTFS. My own limited personal experience with a damaged MFT resulted in a clean install of XP.

OTOH...some here have reported success using TestDisk, http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 01:15 PM

I am pretty sure it is corrupt because when I was scanning with either Spybot or Superantispyware it said that C:/$mft is corrupt.

Oh and btw I have a WD2000WD JD hard drive.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 03:22 PM

I need urgent help. Because I cannot boot up my Windows XP Media Center Edition VAIO desktop.
I tried disabling automatic restart on sytem failure but I get a BSOD which says to check viruses on computer and use chkdsk. I can't use chkdsk if I am unable to boot up Windows.

Any help would be appreciated. I need to fix this as soon as possible because it's my cousin's computer.

I have a western digital hard drive btw.

Edited by jonjosh, 08 May 2010 - 03:33 PM.


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Posted 08 May 2010 - 03:35 PM

Do you have Microsoft Windows Recovery Console installed? if so just select that and run chkdsk from there. by using the command chkdsk /r

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 03:36 PM

Nope I dont have that installed. I lost the Recovery disk also. Im using hirens boot cd to access the computer.

Well it's kind of a different problem because now even the boot cd doesn't recognize my C: drive.

Edited by jonjosh, 08 May 2010 - 03:37 PM.


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Posted 08 May 2010 - 03:55 PM

I have a new problem. My filesystem is now RAW instead of NTFS. D: It's for the C: drive.

How do I fix this?

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 04:50 PM

You cannot.

Move your data files , if possible.

Then...run the appropriate hard drive diagnostic on the drive.

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