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#1 novice3

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 08:06 PM

I am working on a friends computer.  The boot time takes 6mins and even then the computer is unresponsive.   I did notice there are two real-time protection programs running: Microsoft Security Essentials and AVG 2014.  I have attempted to remove MSE and it couldn't be removed due to another MSI running. 

 

Computer specs:

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600

System Manufacturer Compaq Presario 05 
System Model DA211A-ABA 6333OM NA850 
System Type X86-based PC 
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 7 GenuineIntel ~1992 Mhz

Total Physical Memory 1,024.00 MB 
Available Physical Memory 518.20 MB 
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB 
Available Virtual Memory 1.95 GB 
Page File Space 2.40 GB 

 

Thank you for any advice.



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Posted 14 October 2014 - 08:51 PM

How did you come to the conclusion that you had an invalid boot.ini?



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Posted 14 October 2014 - 08:59 PM

An invalid boot.ini displays during startup

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 09:09 PM

So you are saying the machine takes 6 minutes to boot and then it displays the invalid boot.ini dialog window? This boot.ini problem happened after you tried uninstalling MSE? In other words, you can no longer get to the desktop of the computer, correct?



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Posted 14 October 2014 - 09:18 PM

The invalid boot.ini displays while the computer is turning on and it occurred before removing MSE.

I finally was able to remove MSE, in windows debugging mode. The computer boots up and yes it shows the desktop.

Thank you for any advice.

Edited by novice3, 14 October 2014 - 09:19 PM.


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Posted 14 October 2014 - 09:23 PM

Just some clarification. If you received an invalid boot.ini then you should not be able to boot into Windows. If the boot.ini error happened before removing MSE, how were you able to remove MSE from the computer or am I missing something? I don't have much experience with Debugging mode but the explanation of it said

Debugging Mode: This option turns on debug mode in Windows. Debugging information can be sent across a serial cable to another computer that is running a debugger. This mode is configured to use COM2.

In other words you used Safe Mode. Can you still boot into Safe Mode without the boot.ini error?



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Posted 14 October 2014 - 09:31 PM

Thanks for the information on debugging mode.

I turned the computer off, and then turned it back on, the message appears "invalid boot.ini booting from c:/windows". Then it boots into windows.

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 09:43 PM

According to the log created by MBRCheck (downloaded it from GeeksToGo) there is an unknown MBR code.



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Posted 14 October 2014 - 09:43 PM

The boot.ini file may be missing. After Windows loads to the desktop, click on My Computer. In the Menu Bar select Tools > Folder Options. Uncheck Hide System Files. Do you have a boot.ini file on the Root of C:\?

 

If you do not have a boot.ini, you can create a new one as shown here. You would have to substitute Windows Professional Edition with the version of XP on the computer.

 

In an admin account click Start > Run in the Run box type msconfig then okay. On the msconfig window select the boot.ini tab. Please post what is listed for boot.ini

 

Edit: Do you have a XP install or Recovery Console disk?


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Posted 14 October 2014 - 09:52 PM

Do you have a boot.ini file on the Root of C:\?

 

You would have to substitute Windows Professional Edition with the version of XP on the computer.

 

In an admin account click Start > Run in the Run box type msconfig then okay. On the msconfig window select the boot.ini tab. Please post what is listed for boot.ini

 

Edit: Do you have a XP install or Recovery Console disk?

 

There is no boot.ini file located the root directory.  The boot.ini tab is missing in System Configuration Utility.  I do not have the disks with me.  I could obtain the disks tomorrow.  I noticed in the system configuration utility under the General tab, that selective startup is checked.

 

MBRCheck, version 1.2.3
© 2010, AD
 
Command-line:
Windows Version: Windows XP Home Edition
Windows Information: Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Logical Drives Mask: 0x0000003d
 
Kernel Drivers (total 147):
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  0x806EF000 \windows\system32\hal.dll
  0xF7A63000 \windows\system32\KDCOM.DLL
  0xF7973000 \windows\system32\BOOTVID.dll
  0xF7514000 ACPI.sys
  0xF7A65000 \windows\System32\DRIVERS\WMILIB.SYS
  0xF7503000 pci.sys
  0xF7563000 isapnp.sys
  0xF7B2B000 pciide.sys
  0xF77E3000 \windows\System32\DRIVERS\PCIIDEX.SYS
  0xF7A67000 viaide.sys
  0xF7A69000 intelide.sys
  0xF7573000 MountMgr.sys
  0xF74E4000 ftdisk.sys
  0xF77EB000 PartMgr.sys
  0xF7583000 VolSnap.sys
  0xF74CC000 atapi.sys
  0xF7593000 disk.sys
  0xF75A3000 \windows\System32\DRIVERS\CLASSPNP.SYS
  0xF74AC000 fltmgr.sys
  0xF749A000 sr.sys
  0xF77F3000 PxHelp20.sys
  0xF7486000 drvmcdb.sys
  0xF746F000 KSecDD.sys
  0xF73E2000 Ntfs.sys
  0xF73B5000 NDIS.sys
  0xF77FB000 viaagp1.sys
  0xF739B000 Mup.sys
  0xF75B3000 avgrkx86.sys
  0xF735F000 avglogx.sys
  0xF7344000 avgmfx86.sys
  0xF731E000 avgidshx.sys
  0xF76C3000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\intelppm.sys
  0xF72C2000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\ialmnt5.sys
  0xF72AE000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\VIDEOPRT.SYS
  0xF785B000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\usbuhci.sys
  0xF728A000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\USBPORT.SYS
  0xF7863000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\usbehci.sys
  0xF71F5000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\ltmdmnt.sys
  0xF786B000 \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Modem.SYS
  0xF7873000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\RTL8139.SYS
  0xF787B000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\fdc.sys
  0xF71E1000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\parport.sys
  0xF76D3000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\serial.sys
  0xF7A1B000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\serenum.sys
  0xF7883000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\eaps2kbd.sys
  0xF788B000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\kbdclass.sys
  0xF76F3000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\imapi.sys
  0xF7A87000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\sscdbhk5.sys
  0xF7703000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\cdrom.sys
  0xF7713000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\redbook.sys
  0xF71BE000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\ks.sys
  0xF7893000 \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\GEARAspiWDM.sys
  0xF6F4C000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\ALCXWDM.SYS
  0xF6F28000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\portcls.sys
  0xF7723000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\drmk.sys
  0xF7CB3000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\audstub.sys
  0xF7733000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\rasl2tp.sys
  0xF7A27000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\ndistapi.sys
  0xF6F11000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\ndiswan.sys
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  0xF7753000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\raspptp.sys
  0xF789B000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\TDI.SYS
  0xF6F00000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\psched.sys
  0xF7763000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\msgpc.sys
  0xF78AB000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\ptilink.sys
  0xF78B3000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\raspti.sys
  0xF7783000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\termdd.sys
  0xF78BB000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\mouclass.sys
  0xF7A8B000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\swenum.sys
  0xF6DA1000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\update.sys
  0xF7A37000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\mssmbios.sys
  0xF7793000 \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\NDProxy.SYS
  0xEECE2000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\ialmsbw.sys
  0xEECD1000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\ialmkchw.sys
  0xF77B3000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\usbhub.sys
  0xF7A8F000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\USBD.SYS
  0xF78CB000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\flpydisk.sys
  0xF7A91000 \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Fs_Rec.SYS
  0xF7B9A000 \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Null.SYS
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  0xF78DB000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\ssrtln.sys
  0xF72EE000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\eawdmfd.sys
  0xF77D3000 \??\C:\windows\system32\drivers\avgtpx86.sys
  0xF78E3000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\usbccgp.sys
  0xF78EB000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\USBSTOR.SYS
  0xF75E3000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\i8042prt.sys
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  0xF7A97000 \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\mnmdd.SYS
  0xF7A99000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\RDPCDD.sys
  0xF790B000 \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Msfs.SYS
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  0xEEC76000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\ipsec.sys
  0xEEC1D000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\tcpip.sys
  0xEEBEB000 \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\avgtdix.sys
  0xEEBC5000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\ipnat.sys
  0xF75F3000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\wanarp.sys
  0xEEB9D000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\netbt.sys
  0xEEB7B000 \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\afd.sys
  0xF7603000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\netbios.sys
  0xEEB50000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\rdbss.sys
  0xEEAE0000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\mrxsmb.sys
  0xF7633000 \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Fips.SYS
  0xEEAAF000 \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\avgldx86.sys
  0xF79FF000 \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\hidusb.sys
  0xF7643000 \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\HIDCLASS.SYS
  0xF7A07000 \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\kbdhid.sys
  0xF7A0B000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\mouhid.sys
  0xF791B000 \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\avgidsshimx.sys
  0xEEA53000 \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\avgidsdriverlx.sys
  0xEEA33000 \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\avgdiskx.sys
  0xEEA0F000 \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Fastfat.SYS
  0xF7673000 \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Cdfs.SYS
  0xEE88F000 \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\dump_atapi.sys
  0xF7AB9000 \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\dump_WMILIB.SYS
  0xBF800000 \SystemRoot\System32\win32k.sys
  0xEE913000 \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\Dxapi.sys
  0xF794B000 \SystemRoot\System32\watchdog.sys
  0xBF000000 \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\dxg.sys
  0xF7B59000 \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\dxgthk.sys
  0xBF01E000 \SystemRoot\System32\ialmdnt5.dll
  0xBF012000 \SystemRoot\System32\ialmrnt5.dll
  0xBF036000 \SystemRoot\System32\ialmdev5.DLL
  0xBF05A000 \SystemRoot\System32\ialmdd5.DLL
  0xBF0DD000 \SystemRoot\System32\ATMFD.DLL
  0xF6E2A000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\drvnddm.sys
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  0xEE85F000 \SystemRoot\system32\dla\tfsnopio.sys
  0xF7AC3000 \SystemRoot\system32\dla\tfsnpool.sys
  0xF795B000 \SystemRoot\system32\dla\tfsnboio.sys
  0xF7773000 \SystemRoot\system32\dla\tfsncofs.sys
  0xF7BC5000 \SystemRoot\system32\dla\tfsndrct.sys
  0xEE7D8000 \SystemRoot\system32\dla\tfsnudf.sys
  0xEE7C0000 \SystemRoot\system32\dla\tfsnudfa.sys
  0xEE7FF000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\ndisuio.sys
  0xEE4C3000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\mrxdav.sys
  0xF7B01000 \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\ParVdm.SYS
  0xEE32B000 \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\srv.sys
  0xF7853000 \??\C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\symlcbrd.sys
  0xEDEDE000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\wdmaud.sys
  0xEE12B000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\sysaudio.sys
  0xEDB2F000 \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\HTTP.sys
  0xED80C000 \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\kmixer.sys
  0x7C900000 \WINDOWS\system32\ntdll.dll
 
Processes (total 53):
       0 System Idle Process
       4 System
     440 C:\WINDOWS\system32\smss.exe
     484 C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG2014\avgrsx.exe
     524 C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2014\avgcsrvx.exe
     736 csrss.exe
     760 C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
     804 C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
     816 C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
    1000 C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    1044 svchost.exe
    1112 C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    1184 svchost.exe
    1320 svchost.exe
    1428 C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
    1900 svchost.exe
    1932 C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
    1956 C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2014\avgidsagent.exe
    1976 C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2014\avgwdsvc.exe
    1988 C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
     364 C:\Program Files\Motorola Mobility\Motorola Device Manager\MotoHelperService.exe
     728 C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
    1136 C:\Program Files\Common Files\AVG Secure Search\vToolbarUpdater\3.1.0\ToolbarUpdater.exe
    1552 C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
    1608 C:\Program Files\Common Files\AVG Secure Search\vToolbarUpdater\3.1.0\loggingserver.exe
    1616 C:\Program Files\Google\Update\1.3.25.5\GoogleCrashHandler.exe
    1824 C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2014\avgnsx.exe
    1832 C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2014\avgemcx.exe
    2628 C:\Program Files\Motorola Mobility\Motorola Device Manager\MotoHelperAgent.exe
    2812 C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
    2828 alg.exe
    3388 C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\evntsvc.exe
    3396 C:\Program Files\VERITAS Software\Update Manager\sgtray.exe
    3472 C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
    3608 C:\WINDOWS\system\hpsysdrv.exe
    3616 C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
    3624 C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe
    3636 C:\Program Files\compaq\Easy Access Button Support\STARTEAK.exe
    3656 C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2014\avgui.exe
    3688 C:\Program Files\AVG Web TuneUp\vprot.exe
    3708 C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
    3716 C:\Program Files\compaq\Easy Access Button Support\CPQEADM.exe
    3732 C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
    3756 C:\Compaq\EAKDRV\EAUSBKBD.exe
    3768 C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\MSOSYNC.EXE
    3804 C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
    3828 C:\PROGRA~1\compaq\EASYAC~1\BttnServ.exe
     252 C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
    2488 C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
     244 C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
     304 C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
    3480 C:\Documents and Settings\Norman\Desktop\MBRCheck.exe
     732 wmiprvse.exe
 
\\.\C: --> \\.\PhysicalDrive0 at offset 0x00000000`00007e00  (NTFS)
 
PhysicalDrive0 Model Number: SAMSUNGSV0602H, Rev: RH100-09
 
      Size  Device Name          MBR Status
  --------------------------------------------
     55 GB  \\.\PhysicalDrive0   Unknown MBR code
            SHA1: 7D48A7E764A5D83438A39192BFF3677448B54B84
 
 
Found non-standard or infected MBR.
Enter 'Y' and hit ENTER for more options, or 'N' to exit: 
Options:
  [1] Dump the MBR of a physical disk to file.
  [2] Restore the MBR of a physical disk with a standard boot code.
  [3] Exit.
 
Enter your choice: 
 

Done! 

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 09:59 PM

You have an infected or non-standard MBR. When you get the XP instlal disk follow the steps here. In addition to the steps shown at the command prompt type fixmbr to write a new mbr record. Once you do the steps, download Hitman Pro and do a scan.



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Posted 14 October 2014 - 10:08 PM

Is it possible to rebuild the boot.ini without the disks?

Thanks again for the fast responses.

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 10:28 PM

If the computer has a standard partition structure then yes, you could create a new boot.ini file using notepad and save it to the root of C: as boot.ini

 

Here is some more info you would use the first example of boot.ini and if you have Windows Home you would replace Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Windows XP Home Edition

 

Edit: I will be off until tomorrow.


Edited by JohnC_21, 14 October 2014 - 10:34 PM.


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Posted 14 October 2014 - 10:44 PM

How do I find out if Recovery Console is installed? 

 

Thank you so much.

 

I am going to restart the computer and see if the same message appears.

 

I created a boot.ini file with the following:

[boot loader]
timeout=5
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect


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Posted 14 October 2014 - 10:50 PM

The invalid boot.ini message no longer displays.

Did you want me to proceed with Hitman Pro?




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