Posted 11 September 2010 - 04:20 PM
I have a Dell 1520 Vista HP 32bit sp2 Duo...Initial issue was/is can't boot to Vista login or get to safe mode. External hdd backup not working.
Windows Error Recovery (Black/White Screen)
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "next"
3. Click "repair your computer"
Below this I am offered safe mode options, but they just looped me back to this screen. I have run and passed all hardware diagnostics.
I finally arrived at Windows Recovery Environment (via Dell's Vista reinstallation disc boot) and ran
Startup Repair (Failed: A recent driver installation or upgrade may be preventing the system from starting-Root Cause) and
System Restore (failed: System Restore failed due to an unspecified error; The system cannot find the file specified (0x80070002)),
and even though the Vista OS is found, both failed because of missing files. I then went to command prompt and ran X:\sources>chkdsk C: /F /R...
Which did great till the very end..."Failed to transfer logged messages to the event log with status 50", and that is where I am currently.
I must recover the data, my Univ. research and papers current and due this week! I am borrowing a friend laptop to help me, but I am in over my head...PLEASE HELP!!!