Solved: Argh! Boot to Windows Fails

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rainforest123

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Windows XP Pro SP1
Sempron 2800
768 MB
80 GB WD IDE

Things worked well until I connected a USB 2.0 Sony DVD burner [ owned by an associate ]. With PC & Sony burner turned off, I connected the Sony burner. Booted to Windows. Turned on Sony. Windows identified mass storage device & Sony burner. I re-started, and can't get beyond the Win XP Startup menu.

Suggestions other than FFR [ fdisk, format, re-install ] and booting with the CD [ yes, I have an official Microsoft Win XP SP1 disk ] to run the repair will be appreciated.

Also, I'm not interested in Linux, MAC or any other OS at this time. Soon, perhaps, but not tonight.

Sincerely,
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Many bugs were in SP1 for USB 2.0 and they were corrected in SP2, so I recommend you upgrade to SP2. When the drive is not connected does the PC boot? If it does try connecting the drive while the PC and Windows is running, which often works as well.
 

bd

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Hi ,
I was going to suggest connecting with Windows running as Dan did . I have not installed sp2 yet either.

Bob
 
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Reboot while tapping the F8 key, when prompted with a boot menu, choose
'Last known good configuration'
 

rainforest123

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Respondents:
Thanks.

I cannot BOOT into WINDOWS. I apologize for not being sufficiently specific. "safe mode" fails. "last known good configuration" fails.

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beginner123 said:
Respondents:
Thanks.

I cannot BOOT into WINDOWS. I apologize for not being sufficiently specific. "safe mode" fails. "last known good configuration" fails.

B123
Understood that you couldn't boot to Windows but thought (Last known good) would be worth a shot.

Use the Recovery Console and the command line chkdsk /p Thats a space between the k and /.

If no luck it's time to run a repair.

How to Repair Windows XP

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rainforest123

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Please list this thread as "abandoned". chkdsk /p did not fix my problem. Re-format & re-install was my solution.

Thanks to each of you who responded. Unbidden, I learned a lot from you.

B123
 
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