A couple of days ago, my computer shut down and then restarted. It went to check the disk, but was taking forever (almost 24 hours), so I shut down, and tried to restart. Same thing - although I didn't wait so long for chkdsk to run. I installed my XP disk to run repair console that way. It took a while, but not as long as the other method.
It says it found one or more errors, but nothing was fixed as XP still wouldn't boot up. I tried again, but this time with /R, which I thought was supposed to check and repair errors. It took longer, but same problem. I tried it about 3 times. No luck.
I also tried reverting back to a restore point. Didn't work.
I finally decided to try a installation repair. That isn't working either because I can't get through it. It keeps stalling/freeing before it finishes. It tells me that there are problems with the USB ports (can't remember the exact wording) and if I continue, the system will become unstable. So I said not to install the files. But the program froze. I tried again, this time telling it to go ahead. Same thing. I even tried a different XP installation disk. No difference.
The place where the program stalls is just before another file needs to be added - NVIDIA display driver. It asks me to retry, cancel, or browse to find it in another location, but I can't move the mouse or use the keyboard. The program freezes just before I reach that section.
I have been hunting for solutions and found one that suggested using the repair console to manually insert the missing dll (nvcuvid.dl_) to the appropriate Windows folder and then try the repair installation.
However, there are two problems with that. One is that I don't have that file. The other is that I don't know if that will work or cause more problems. I'd even have to search for how exactly to do it,
So...does anyone have some ideas on how I can fix this problem? I am planning to transfer all my files and programs to a new computer, so thankfully, I had already backed up most of my critical files, but there are other files there that I would like to get and unless I can get the disk working, I can't transfer my programs from the old disk. I'm not even sure I could transfer any files with one disk not booting up.
Help! (And thank you)