I recently installed a WD 250 IDE HDD in my system and installed Windows XP Pro using my installation disk. Everything was going fine until last week. My system would not boot into Windows. Yet when I was finally able to get past whatever problem that was causing the startup issue, Then when Windows starts (or I think so), there are four small rectangles randomly placed over the monitor screen with numbers and an omega sign.
I am able to get to the Recovery Console via the installation CD and have used CHKDSK /r (no issues were reported). Then I used the bootcfg /rebuild command to restructure the boot.ini file. Still nothing.
I have a Spotmau Boot Recovery CD and I'm able to get this program to run but still cannot get Windows to bootup or load even after using the Windows Recovery program. The last time I used the MBR Restore program on this Spotmau BootSuite disk it seemed to messed things up more than it corrected.
I was told to download Hirens Boot CD and run it. Well I downloaded the software and burned it to a CD. The Hiren's Boot CD worked one time. Now when I place the CD in the CD-ROM tray and press <ALT> <CNTL> <DEL> to reboot from the CD-ROM nothing happens. I just have a blank screen with a blinking cursor.
I've even downloaded Kaspersky Recovery CD but it doesn't work either. I know the Hiren's Boot CD works because I have used it in my laptop. But this CD simply will not boot up on the Windows XP Pro system. The Untimate Boot CD starts when I boot from it but I cannot find and suitable programs to resolve my problem.