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Solved: Windows XP Will not Boot Except to Recovery Console

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Soundchick, Aug 6, 2006.

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    Last night, I ran a VirusScan with McAfee Security Suite (2007, I think) and left the computer to let it run. I came back a few hours later and there was a blue stop error. Being the genius I am, I didn't write it down and simply rebooted the computer. Well, it only will attempt to boot to PXE. I cannot get it to boot to safe mode. As a last resort, I popped in my WinXP disk and was able to boot to the recovery console. Here's the odd thing: If I run chkdsk, it tells me there is nothing wrong with the disk. I tell it to run anyway and it tells me that one 1 more errors were found. I can then restart and it will boot normally. If I shutdown the computer after that, I cannot boot it again! If I go through the recovery console and chkdsk again, it will boot. I did try a system restore to Friday, but the same problem ocurred. I don't think the hard drive is bad (Western DIgital 60 GB.) I believe it is a Windows problem, but I'm not sure what to do next as I have never encountered this. Any ideas?
     
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    Update: I think I may have figured it out. I believe the CMOS battery is dead or going dead. I am going to remove and replace it tonight and see if that works.
     
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    I fixed it without too much damage. It was the CMOS battery. Popped it out and back in and reconfigured the bios.
     
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