This Started on a different thread, but it has now evolved so the old heading doesnt bear any resemblence to the problem i have now.
A mate has an Advent machine running XP home. A power cut has resulted in his system refusing to boot in to windows.
I reckon the MBR needs fixing.
Q1, Can I use his system Restore Disk to boot into recovery mode.
Q2. can I use another XP disk to repair
johnnyrocker Wed, 14.07.04 | 08:47 i would think another disk would be ok as long as you dont try re install system which may require re registration, unless i am totally wrong and someone wiser out there knows better. johnny.
PhiltheFragger Thu, 15.07.04 | 15:46 Now had a chance to look at the machine. It is an ADVENT P4 system It will boot into safemode It won't boot into recovery mode using either the System restore disk or a seperate XP disk, in both cases, it starts to boot then copies files then hangs where it says "starting Windows".
Have tried a different hard drive, but it still wont fully boot from a CD.(I have tried the CD drive and the CDRW drive),
Have tried last good configuration, no good
Have run CHKDSK from safe mode, it comes up with nothing.
If it were me, and it isn't, i would try putting parts of the DOA PC in my working PC. Does my working PC work fine with the DOA's graphics card....Yes...then the graphics card is 'probably OK'..No...Then the graphics card 'may be faulty'
and so on.
But you run a risk if you put a duff bit from the DOA PC into your working PC.
It might/may-well/will/probably won't/who can say/damamge the good PC.