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Loading PBR for descriptor 2...done

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ishanruwala, Aug 15, 2012.

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  1. ishanruwala

    ishanruwala Thread Starter

    Nov 17, 2010
    I have a Dell PC with Windows XP. It freezes on startup at the message "Loading PBR for descriptor 2...done". The only options are F2 and F12. I did some research and found that some people had success booting from their recovery disk and entering the "fixboot" command (Cyberspacesupport.com - loading PBR for descriptor 2...done.? - Free computer help to find and fix computer problems.). Before I can enter "R" for repair though, I get an error saying that intelide.sys is corrupt, setup failed.

    What are my options? I need everything back to the way it was. Doing a clean wipe is not an option.

    Thank you!
  2. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor

    Jan 14, 2010
    Even if we can recover from this the first and most important job appears to be to secure your data, as you say that doing a clean install is not an option.

    Therefore do you have data that you need to copy to an external hard drive or to flash drive and then to another computer
  3. ishanruwala

    ishanruwala Thread Starter

    Nov 17, 2010
    Yes, I have data that I need to save. But, how can I? The desktop does not boot up to the login screen even. It gets stuck at "loading pbr for descriptor 2".

    Please see this:

    I tried the "fixboot" solution, but setup failed because intelide.sys is corrupt (as I said above).
  4. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor

    Jan 14, 2010
    All will be revealed.
    follow carefully the instructions here.
    1. Save these files to your Desktop/Burn Your Live CD:
    • Download Latest Puppy Linux ISO (i.e.: lupu-528.iso)
      Download BurnCDCC ISO Burning Software

      There are instructions on how to boot from flash drive with puppy here; http://www.pendrivel...e-from-windows/
      • Open BurnCDCC with Windows Explorer
      • Extract All files to a location you can remember
      • Double Click [​IMG] BurnCDCC
      • Click Browse [​IMG] and navigate to the Puppy Linux ISO file you just downloaded
      • Open/Double Click that file
        IMPORTANT: Adjust the speed bar to CD: 4x DVD: 1x
      • Click Start [​IMG]
      • Your CD Burner Tray will open automatically
      • Insert a blank CD and close the tray
      • Click OK
      Puppy Linux Live CD will now be created
    2. Set your boot priority in the BIOS to CD-ROM first, Hard Drive Second

      • Start the computer/press the power button
      • Immediately start tapping the appropriate key to enter the BIOS, aka "Setup"
        (Usually shown during the "Dell" screen, or "Gateway" Screen)
      • Once in the BIOS, under Advanced BIOS Options change boot priority to:
        CD-ROM 1st, Hard Drive 2nd
      • Open your ROM drive and insert the disk
      • Press F10 to save and exit
      • Agree with "Y" to continue
      • Your computer will restart and boot from the Puppy Linux Live CD


    3. Recover Your Data

    • Once Puppy Linux has loaded, it is actually running in your computer's Memory (RAM). You will see a fully functioning Graphical User Interface similar to what you normally call "your computer". Internet access may or may not be available depending on your machine, so it is recommended you print these instructions before beginning. Also, double clicking is not needed in Puppy. To expand, or open folders/icons, just click once. Puppy is very light on resources, so you will quickly notice it is much speedier than you are used to. This is normal. Ready? Let's get started.

      3a. Mount Drives
      • Click the Mount Icon located at the top left of your desktop. [​IMG]
      • A Window will open. By default, the "drive" tab will be forward/highlighted. Click on Mount for your hard drive.
      • Assuming you only have one hard drive and/or partition, there may be only one selection to mount.
      • USB Flash Drives usually automatically mount upon boot, but click the "usbdrv" tab and make sure it is mounted.
      • If using an external hard drive for the data recovery, do this under the "drive" tab. Mount it now.
      3b. Transfer Files.
      • At the bottom left of your desktop a list of all hard drives/partitions, USB Drives, and Optical Drives are listed with a familiar looking hard drive icon.
      • Open your old hard drive i.e. sda1
      • Next, open your USB Flash Drive or External Drive. i.e. sdc or sdb1
      • If you open the wrong drive, simply X out at the top right corner of the window that opens. (Just like in Windows)
      • From your old hard drive, drag and drop whatever files/folders you wish to transfer to your USB Drive's Window.
      For The Novice: The common path to your pictures, music, video, and documents folders is: Documents and Settings >> All Users (or each idividual name of each user. CHECK All Names!) >> Documents >> You will now see My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos.

      Remember to only click once! No double clicking! Once you drag and drop your first folder, you will notice a small menu will appear giving you the option to move or copy. Choose COPY each time you drag and drop.

      YOU ARE DONE!!! Simply click Menu >> Mouse Over Shutdown >> Reboot/Turn Off Computer. Be sure to plug your USB Drive into another working windows machine to verify all data is there and transferred without corruption. Congratulations!


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