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linuxwise 08-18-2008 12:40 PM

Help! had XP installed on Mandriva, got a virus, both OS died, ran SuperGrub .
 
I hope someone can help I have been on this since Friday. I have an Acer Aspire 3680 laptop 80 gig drive with 2 gigs memory. I partitioned my drive a year ago with Mandriva and two windows partitions named C and D so at least 3 partitions when I went to boot XP Pro Sp2 off the GRUB I got a blue screen o' death and no matter what I tried including Safe Mode(which already wasn't working) or the restore console I kept getting the same thing Run chkdsk /F well I went and got my XP boot disk, but it was scratched, so I tried loading from an external drive with windows as well as flash drive, no luck. I suspect it's not as simple to startup when you are using the Linux GRUB, so I ran SuperGrub and tried repair windows MBR, I'm not sure what I did but I think I deleted or made inactive my Windows Partition, when I went to try to boot instead of the blue screen I got a missing NTLDR with a Chainloader +07 I think, so I thought maybe I made active the failed windows partition I had on my GRUB which was windows1 back when I first installed windows on linux, it got really confusing from there after that I ran Gparted and the partition seeemed to be there. Almost forgot a few days ago Mandriva Spring 2007 started to failed to boot and hung up on some font loading, I think it still does guess if I could boot from Mandriva I woudln't have this problem. My Mandriva 2007 CD hangs in install. I have tried various Linux CDs including Knoppix, worked but can't get ethernet to connect to so I can't load Fprot to do a virus scan and Ubuntu live CD which worked once but now refused to, most just hang when I run a command. I also ran System RescueCD and that failed to work The only thing that has worked so far is HIRENS WIN PE Mini, when I ran one of the uitlities it allowed me to put a bootloader on so I did, then when I went to boot, I had taken windows out of the GRUB with SuperGrub, the bootloader informed "Caution this harddisk may be infected with virus" I tried to run Avira Rescue CD but that didn't work. I managed to load HIRENS XP PE, I think it was and ran a recovery utility can't remember which, at 97% complete it reported there were at least 55 bad sectors, could that be written or actual hard drive sectors, I don't know, anyhow it managed to show drive D, and it's contentes, but drive was not mountable, have I wiped out all my data, I don't know yet. At this time I have bitdefender checked memory and it passed after an hour or so check and that is all I could do with bitdefender when I ask it to check the CD to make sure it's burn right or start it, it just give me a Penguin in the upper left side and appears to do nothing, but I don't think it's hanging because I can reboot. At time my goal is to insure that the disk is virus free and the sectors are not damaged, I'm not sure what I will do after that, I am also downloading a mandriva 2007 one right now to see if I can install it. I am at a loss any help would be great, I am using an old compaq desktop with windoze ME that keeps crashing but at least I have a connection and can burn the CDs I need.
Thanks

Agrouf 08-19-2008 01:29 AM

1/ Does grub boot?
2/ If yes, does Mandriva boot?
3/ What is the error message?

btw, you don't have to tell us that Windows ME keeps crashing, we know it ;p

AceofSpades19 08-19-2008 01:40 AM

its called paragraphs, it would be wise to use them so I can actually read what you are saying :)

Agrouf 08-19-2008 01:41 AM

I believe internet explorer is not able to use them in input text. Am I wrong?

jomen 08-19-2008 02:02 AM

...it is as simple as hitting "ENTER" to start a new line at the appropriate place - just like in every other editing program.

This is _really_ hard to read!
It hurts.
Can you please edit the post?

r3sistance 08-19-2008 03:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by linuxwise (Post 3251662)
I hope someone can help I have been on this since Friday.

I have an Acer Aspire 3680 laptop 80 gig drive with 2 gigs memory. I partitioned my drive a year ago with Mandriva and two windows partitions named C and D giving me atleast 3 partitions. When I went to boot XP Pro Sp2 off of GRUB I got a blue screen of death; No matter what I tried, including Safe Mode(which already wasn't working) and the restore console. I kept getting the same thing Run chkdsk /F.

Well I went and got my XP boot disk, but it was scratched, so I tried loading from an external drive with windows as well as flash drive, no luck. I suspect it's not as simple to startup when you are using the Linux GRUB, so I ran SuperGrub and tried repair the windows MBR, I'm not sure what I did but I think I deleted or made inactive my Windows Partition.

when I tried to boot, instead of the blue screen I got a missing NTLDR with a Chainloader +07 I think, so I thought maybe I made active the failed windows partition I had on my GRUB which was windows1 back when I first installed windows on linux, it got really confusing from there after that I ran Gparted and the partition seeemed to be there.

Almost forgot a few days ago Mandriva Spring 2007 started to failed to boot and hung up on some font loading, I think it still does guess if I could boot from Mandriva I wouldn't have this problem. My Mandriva 2007 CD hangs in install. I have tried various Linux CDs including Knoppix, worked but can't get ethernet to connect to so I can't load Fprot to do a virus scan and Ubuntu live CD which worked once but now refused to.

Most linux distros just hang when I run a command. I also ran System RescueCD and that failed to work. The only thing that has worked so far is HIRENS WIN PE Mini, when I ran one of the uitlities it allowed me to put a bootloader on so I did. then when I went to boot, I had taken windows out of the GRUB with SuperGrub, the bootloader informed "Caution this harddisk may be infected with virus" I tried to run Avira Rescue CD but that didn't work.

I managed to load HIRENS XP PE, I think it was and ran a recovery utility can't remember which, at 97% complete it reported there were at least 55 bad sectors, could that be written or actual hard drive sectors, I don't know, anyhow it managed to show drive D, and it's contentes, but drive was not mountable, have I wiped out all my data, I don't know yet. At this time I have bitdefender checked memory and it passed after an hour or so check and that is all I could do with bitdefender when I ask it to check the CD to make sure it's burn right or start it.

it just give me a Penguin in the upper left side and appears to do nothing, but I don't think it's hanging because I can reboot. At time my goal is to insure that the disk is virus free and the sectors are not damaged, I'm not sure what I will do after that, I am also downloading a mandriva 2007 one right now to see if I can install it. I am at a loss any help would be great, I am using an old compaq desktop with windoze ME that keeps crashing but at least I have a connection and can burn the CDs I need.

Thanks

I still can't make this clean and readable but it's easier atleast.

The missing NTLDR probably meant you killed windows XP's boot loader completely. It's likely something you did in "SuperGrub" (it's not something I personally have heard of or used).

However for your linux problems, I would suggest you may have failing hardware that is causing issue (I doubt RAM as the problems you describe don't sit right with this being a memory issue). It might be the Hard-drive but that doesn't explain why ubuntu live and knoppix messed up as they should not be using the HDD too much, and having the HDD's mountable shouldn't be a major issue with them... could be wrong tho.

What it could be is a CPU issue, I'd check that everything in bios reports that the CPU is ok and is not running too hot. If the CPU is continually running too hot that could have caused damage and isn't something too uncommon with laptops if their exhausted get blocked.

I don't really know what to suggest with this one as you have been very unclear and I can't give anything truly solid.

Agrouf 08-19-2008 04:33 AM

Try to run memtest.
And BTW is there a reason why you are downloading Mandriva 2007 one? The last version of Mandriva is 2008.1 and it's better on all fronts I can think of, by several magnitudes and it is as free as the 2007 one. I can't find a reason not to use the latest version.

linuxwise 08-25-2008 10:21 PM

If anyone wants to still help, since I still need help, I have more information. I have not posted because I have had too much computer problems lately, but now I can.

Thanks

Agrouf 08-26-2008 01:18 AM

Good, what is your problem then?

rob.rice 08-27-2008 09:44 AM

It may be time to get a new HDD
I have an old laptop that cooks HDDs and have had this problem more than once
I also have an adepter that lets me plug the laptop HDDs in to my desk top to confirm problems like this
IF you have access to another computer you can use it to check the HDD on
IF it is a virus STOP using internet exploiter active X CAN NOT be turned off completely and can
be turned back on by email

Agrouf 08-27-2008 10:56 AM

If your problem is related to the HD, you can use the liveCD even if the HD is out of order. Then you can run badblocks.
But anyway, your post is very confused and I don't know what your problem is. I know you have much problems, but you didn't tell me which ones.


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