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stf92 01-13-2013 11:52 AM

winXP: cannot enter the Recovery Console.
 
Hi:
On one partition of the hard disk (SATA) I installed winXP and everything went fine. I booted several times after turning on the machine. Today I go and find XP puts a blue screen and tells me to first uninstall the hard disk or the controller. OK. I boot with its install disk. I was going to enter the Recovery Console. But before it let me chose between the R.C. and normal installation, the blue screen again! This is hardly believable. Suppose the disk has no partitions at all. Even so, the installer should let me install XP. Thefore, it shoul have let me enter the R.C. What do you think?

TobiSGD 01-13-2013 12:10 PM

If you don't have changed anything in the BIOS this most likely is a hardware problem.
Test your RAM (Memtest86+) and the harddisk (use the manufacturer's diagnosis tool). Also, look for probable problems with the cooling system, especially dust and blocked fans.

stf92 01-13-2013 12:36 PM

I did change something in the BIOS: the 'SATA mode' (IDE/AHCI). I restored it to IDE. Result: Windows boots fine. One thing: if I run 'ntfsfix --do-nothing /dev/hda1' the NTFS partition, I get, of course after having dismounted
Code:

root@darkstar:~# ntfsfix --no-action /dev/hda1
Failed to determine whether /dev/hda1 is mounted: No such file or directory
Mounting volume... Failed to access '/dev/hda1': No such file or directory
Error opening '/dev/hda1': No such file or directory
FAILED
Attempting to correct errors... Failed to access '/dev/hda1': No such file or directory
Error opening '/dev/hda1': No such file or directory
FAILED
Failed to startup volume: No such file or directory
Failed to access '/dev/hda1': No such file or directory
Error opening '/dev/hda1': No such file or directory
Volume is corrupt. You should run chkdsk.
No change made
root@darkstar:~#

This is odd.

TobiSGD 01-13-2013 12:57 PM

Windows XP can only handle AHCI if you install the chipset drivers from the manufacturer.
For fixing NTFS filesystems I would always prefer the native Windows tools to Linux tools (in fact, the tool you used recommends the same).

stf92 01-13-2013 01:17 PM

Thanks for the data about AHCI. Very helpful in case I want to boot XP, for I'd prefer Linux to use AHCI too.

ABout NTFS, I go every here and there to windows and run its native tool. I was using ntfsfix out of despair. New machine, great leap from the old one, and new O.S. I should have done one thing at a time.


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