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Computer freezes at PCI Listing Screen

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Ramulux, Nov 1, 2011.

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  1. Ramulux

    Ramulux Thread Starter

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    So, I have been having trouble with my PC for a little while now. A while back something happened and since then I have been unable to use removable storage devices through my USB ports. So, today I got some sort of malware and I decided to run Malwarebytes. The full scan finished and there were 3 infected objects and I removed them and restarted my PC.

    After restarting, my PC went past the Bios screen to the black screen that pops up right after and lists all the PCI devices, and it freezes.

    At the top it says PCI Devices Listing..... and at the bottom it says Verifying DMI Pool Data. When the screen first shows up there is a little bar below the bottom text that blinks a few times but after a few seconds it just disappears and nothing is happening.

    I really dont know how to go about fixing this since I dont think I can even get into safe mode or anything. The only idea I have is maybe using the Xpress Recovery Console from the bios but I'm not sure what that would do. Any help would be appreciated, I really have no idea where to go from here.
     
  2. Mark1956

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    It sounds as if you have a corrupt master boot record so try this fix.

    1.Boot from the XP disc and select "R" when asked to go into the Recovery Console.
    2.Select the windows installation system you want to repair and hit Enter. You will then be asked for the administrator password. You will then reach the command prompt, type the following and then press Enter.
    fixmbr
    3.The fixmbr utility will write a master boot record to the hard drive that you're currently using to boot into Windows XP. This will repair any corruption or damage that the master boot record may have.
    4.Take out the Windows XP CD, type exit and then press Enter to restart your PC.
    Assuming that a corrupt master boot record was your only issue, Windows XP should now start normally.
     
  3. Ramulux

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    Thank you so much man, I was able to get past the PC Listing screen to my desktop after I did what you said.

    But now there is some other problem. As soon as my desktop loads, Avira pops up saying that "A virus or unwanted program 'BOO/Whistler' was found in 'Master boot sector' of drive F:. When I closed it it popped up again saying the same thing except for drive E:. Drives E and F are two partitions on a back up hard drive that doesn't have any operating system and Drive E is empty and drive F is just used for storage. It might have also said one for my drive C: but I'm not sure because I just closed it because I thought it was just a repeat of either drive E or F.

    I also seem to have some weird stuff running in my processes like 827.exe and another random one. Everything else seems fine though. Just wondering what those drive problems mean because I was planning on doing a new build sometime soon and using that backup as the main hard drive and I dont want to make a new build, install this hard drive and have it bring a bunch of problems to my new PC.
     
  4. Mark1956

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    You have a boot sector virus which has spread to your other drives. Where there is one infection there are probably more as you have seen. I cannot give any guidance for Malware removal as I am still in training.

    Please open a new thread in the Malware forum to get help from a member of the Malware staff. Do not go on-line any more than you need to as further infections may creep in now that the system is infected. Don't use any on-line banking or perform any financial transactions just incase there is a more severe infection below this one.
     
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