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#1 Santi16

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 04:42 PM

Hi folks. I'm really frustrated with a problem my desktop computer is having.

A couple days ago it started booting up to the system repair screen. Normally i would just do the repairs and be done with it. This time system repair hangs on an empty blue windows screen. I tried running last known config and safe mode but that just ends up rebooting my computer back to system repair.

I made a system repair disc on my other windows 7 laptop but that only gets as far as the system recovery options where my windows 7 partition size shows as 0. I can't boot anything from USB because BOOT MNGER is missing.

So im not sure if this is some sort of virus or a hard drive problem but i would truely appreciate any help.
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Posted 03 July 2013 - 08:51 PM

Anyone? Sorry to be impatient but i'm really frustrated by this problem.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 08:57 PM

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 01:45 PM

Thank you

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 04:58 PM

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 07:08 PM

Hi Santi16,

Are you still having this issue?  Do you still need help?  If so, do you have a working computer and a blank USB flash drive?

 

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:40 PM

Yes and yes i have access to all that. Thanks for the reply

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 07:08 PM

Hello, Santi16.
 
Try this please.  You will need a USB drive.  You should be able to boot this even in the state the computer is in.  What did you try to boot from USB before that didn't work?
 
  • Insert your USB drive
  • Press Start > My Computer > right click your USB drive > choose Format > Quick format
  • Double click the unetbootin-xpud-windows-387.exe that you just downloaded
  • Press Run then OK
  • Select the DiskImage option then click the browse button located on the right side of the textbox field.
  • Browse to and select the xpud-0.9.2.iso file you downloaded
  • Verify the correct drive letter is selected for your USB device then click OK
  • It will install a little bootable OS on your USB device
  • Once the files have been written to the device you will be prompted to reboot ~ do not reboot and instead just Exit the UNetbootin interface
  • After it has completed do not choose to reboot the clean computer simply close the installer
  • Remove the USB and insert it in the sick computer
  • Boot the Sick computer
  • Press F12 and choose to boot from the USB
  • Follow the prompts
  • A Welcome to xPUD screen will appear
  • Press File
  • Expand mnt
  • sda1,2...usually corresponds to your HDD
  • sdb1 is likely your USB
  • Click on the folder that represents your USB drive (sdb1 ?)
  • Press Tool at the top
  • Choose Open Terminal
  • Copy/paste the following command and press enter:
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    dd if=/dev/sda of=mbr.txt bs=512 count=1
     
  • When done a file, mbr.txt, will be created on your USB drive. Please attach that file to your reply. 
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    Posted 08 July 2013 - 11:22 PM

    I tried the solution but when I try to boot from the USB i get the BOOTMGR is missing error.
     
    Any idea what I can do?

    EDIT:

    I tried with a different usb and it worked. But i didnt get a mbr.txt file so i tried it again and now it hangs after it loads.

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    Posted 10 July 2013 - 04:10 AM

    Hi Santi16,

     

    Sorry for the delay, my ISP was out yesterday.  The BOOTMGR is missing error means that either a) the USB wasn't properly configured or B) it was trying to load from the hard drive.  Do you have a CD burner and a blank CD we can use?  We can try Ubuntu or xPud via CD and be able to run our partition tools through a flash drive once it's booted.

     

    In the meantime, where does xPud hang?  It can take a wide range of time to load depending on the computer set up.  On one of my computers it boots instantly, on the other it takes about 10 minutes.

     

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    Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:54 PM

    Yes i can burn a cd. Xpud lags after the initial language choice to an all white screen.



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    Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:34 PM

    OK, follow these instructions to download Ubuntu and burn a CD:

    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/burn-a-dvd-on-windows

     

     

    Then, try to boot from the CD by putting it into the CD drive of the infected computer, then turning it off and on.  If it boots, don't install Ubuntu (it will overwrite your files), but select "Try Ubuntu" which will let you run it from the CD.  If you do boot, don't double-click "Install Ubuntu" icon on the deskop.  If you can't boot from the CD, look here:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootFromCD

     

     

    Let me know if you can boot into Ubuntu and I'll give further instructions.

     

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    Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:43 PM

    Ok yes i booted from ubuntu. Its pretty nifty haha.

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    Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:13 PM

    Ha.  :)

     

    1. OK, boot into Ubuntu.
    2. First, clck the file folder (2nd icon on the left) 
    3. Click File System
    4. Double click mnt -> do you see anything in there?
    5. Click the grey circle at the top left ("Dash Home" when you hold the mouse over it)
    6. Search for terminal
    7. Launch the Terminal app
    8. Type sudo apt-get install testdisk exactly as shown (all lowercase, space bewteen sudo, apt-get, install, testdisk)
    9. Press Enter
    10. This should install TestDisk...I'm not 100% sure if it's able to with the CD, if not, we'll update the flash drive now that we know Ubuntu will work for you.
    11. If it works, type sudo testdisk and press Enter
    12. This will launch TestDisk.  You use the arrow keys to change the highlight and Enter to accept or OK the choice in it.
    13. Select Create
    14. Select your hard drive from the list...the size will likely tell you which one it is.  Use up/down arrow to highlight and press Enter.
    15. Select Proceed
    16. Select Intel
    17. Select Analyze
    18. Select Quick Search
    19. Press Enter
    20. Select Deeper Search
    21. When it's done (it will take a while, you can watch the cylinder count to see when), it will list a bunch of partitions.  In your reply, list the name (e.g. HPFS-NTFS) and let me know if at least one has an * as the first character in the line.
    22. Click Enter
    23. Click Write
    24. Quit your way out.  Shut down Ubuntu, remove the CD and then reboot (gear icon in the top right).  DOes Windows load now?


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    Posted 12 July 2013 - 07:10 AM

    Ok did all that. The thing with asterisk was HPFS NFTS. When I rebooted it took me straight to a screen from Gateway and gave me two options: to format the C Disk or to repair it. I could only pick the format choice so i hit exit. That led me to a windows error which said windows could not be started due to missing a crucial file and said to run my repair disk. I'm trying the repair disk as I type. I'll keep you informed as to what happens.




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