I have to mention that this isn't the first time that this has occured. I don't remember what I did to "fix" it the last time around, but I'm suspecting that this may have to do with the PC's CPU overheating. Looking at it, it wasn't the most well-built PC, as it contains a desktop CPU in a large laptop chassis, has several fans that run loud as hell, and feels hot to the touch. In the last year or so, I've been noticing it's performance degrade, as the CPU gets automatically downclocked to 2.6Ghz, with its temperature hovering around 70 to 73 degrees according to EVEREST. I try my best to make the PC run as efficient as possible, program-wise, and despite the degraded performance it still gets the job done. It suffered a nasty virus attack (which BleepingComputer helped me clean up!) well over a year ago that I fear may have left it compromised to this day. I can't even format and reinstall XP because: 1)I need a portable floppy drive to first install the SATA drivers, 2)The XP disc is so scratched up that I wasn't able to slipstream it due to constant CRC errors.
Right now I'm on my ancient Dell PC, and will try turning on the sucker again after letting it cool. But based on my description, can anyone offer any suggestions? Thanks.
EDIT: Tried to boot in all forms of Safe Mode, still got BSOD. Tried Recovery Console, got a message that "NTLDR is Compressed, press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". After several reboot attempts, my PC simply turns off and I have to manually press Power again. Not looking good.....
Edited by Dave Finlay, 17 November 2010 - 02:29 AM.