Posted 02 December 2011 - 02:55 PM
Please do not do anything without clarifying further
1 What happened?
2 What attempt did you make to correct it
You are so right--I was and am in complete PC-panic and after my last post last night, just threw in the towel and went to bed. Having a few problems with this computer too, so took me a long time this morning to get back to the post.
What happened? I was browsing the XP forum yesterday afternoon and saw something about chkdsk and using it as "chkdsk /f /r", so entered it in start>run. Pressed enter and it said computer was busy, but it could run on next restart. I closed all programs and on restart, the splash screen came up, but then screen went black.
What did I do to try to correct: on reboot, I've tried F8, Delete and also booting from Windows DVD. I was able to ask it to start in last known good config, but got same results. Then I rebooted using Windows XP DVD, and picked Recovery Console. On enter and says 1: C:\Windows and "which Windows installation would you like to log onto? It only lets you enter one character and I've tried "1" and "C", but then it asks for administrator password, I have two written down and neither works. After three attempts it restarts. Then I tried reinstalling Windows. On Enter, I had option to press "R" for recovery, but then it wants a floppy for automated sys configuration--I have no floppy and it wouldn't use the DVD. In the meantime, anytime I can get it to boot to a screen that asks whether to boot up WinXP Pro, it just starts brings back the black screen again.
On one of the reboots, I got to screen where I could choose "disable auto restart on system failure" it came up with two choices: Win XP Pro or Recovery Console (which I tried previously). Got same Black screen. Restarted and got same screen, but it then automatically switched to a screen with choices of: safe mode, safe mode w/ network, safe mode w/ command prompt, last known good config, start normally. I pressed enter on start normally, but screen froze and went black.
I don't have my PC stats, config written down, but yesterday entered it all on my profile page. If you click my avatar, you will see it all. I'm also SOL if I have to use Admin password since what I had written down doesn't work.
Is there a way to get to a command line screen and enter something? Everything was fine until I ran the chkdsk /f /r" Also, I tried to boot to Safe Mode, but got a screen full of code only and no other action.