My sister-in-law has trouble getting her PC to boot. It hasn't been switched for about a week -just using hibernate instead - and all has been fine.
It was then powered off earlier today and now won't boot. Nothing has been installed recently and nothing downloaded off the web and installed either.
The Windows XP logo comes up and the blue squares run across the screen as normal. It then drops into the screen which gives options of Booting to Last Known Good Configuration/Safe Mode/Normal. No matter which of these options is taken it goes into a continual loop as far as the three options above. A blue screen with typing flashes up briefly but too quick to read.
Anyone seen this before and is there a way around it? Has the MBR been corrupted?
Nothing's worked for this so far. I used the method suggested by VoG, above and tried to repair the installation - several times.
The PC doesn't go around the re-boot loop anymore now though. Instead it tries to boot, blue squares scroll (not for long), screen goes blank and I'm left with a white arrow (which can be moved around) and the PC locks up. Have to disconnect to clear it.
Have loaded the recovery console and tried FIXBOOT/FIXMBR but they didn't work. When I tried the latter however, I had the message that a non-standard boot sector was present..or words to that effect.
Any ideas on this please? My sister-in-law hasn't backed her data up and I really don't want to go the format route because of this.
Thanks VoG, but had no luck with that. It was the first thing I tried from your earlier posting. Tried once ---still no joy.
Never again...Nothing is futile. All ideas are helpful & appreciated. I can't get into the system to type the command. I can now get into safe mode, but the screen is blank with the words safe mode in all four corners...