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    Windows XP continually reboots

    G'day everyone,

    Just a newbie problem here. My next neighbour came around and said she has a problem with her computer. The problem is that she was surfing the net and left her computer for about half an hour (still connected to the net) and when she came back her computer has rebooted. It came up with the options:

    Boot in safe mode
    Boot in safe mode with command prompt
    Last known good configuration...
    and other options i can't remember

    so I decided to choose Last know good configuration and the computer just reboots itself and comes back with the same options as above. Decided to choose boot in safe mode and the same thing happens (reboots and back to the same options as above). Actually it doesn't matter what options you choose it just reboots and comes back with the same options.

    And then I decided to press F8 during reboot so I can disable Windows XP restarting again and I ended up with the BSOD with the following error messages:

    UNMOUTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

    IF THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IT OCCURRED .......

    STOP: 0x000000ED (0x87387C08, 0xC000009C, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

    After seeing that error message decided to start the Windows XP recovery console and decided to do a chkdsk /r, it is now currently stuck on 60% completed.

    and now I'm stuck - does that mean that her hard drive is stuffed?
    should I restart the recovery console and try chkdsk /p or fixboot?
    Am I even in the right track?

    Her PC specs are:
    well she doesn't really know, all I know is her operating system is Windows XP Pro service pack 1 and she said her CPU is a Pentium 2.4.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Chkdsk /r should fix things according to this
    http://www.rm.com/Support/TechnicalA...?cref=TEC71448

    If you get it to boot properly install SP3. I'm sure the fix is in there somewhere..
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    and she said her CPU is a Pentium 2.4
    "2.4 gigahertz" is not a version number.

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    Just an update..

    Well I ended up restarting Windows XP recovery console and started chkdsk /p which was I must admit was quicker. It came back with one or more sector errors. So next I decided to FIXBOOT which according to the recovery console will write me a new boot.ini and everything was good.

    So with renewed confidence I rebooted the computer hoping that everything will be working but alas nope it still continues to reboot. So I will have to try chkdsk /r tomorrow. Apparently it really does take a long long time. Hopefully it will work then.

    Otherwise with sector errors in the hard drive, would it be wise to suggest to my neighbour that it's time to get a new hard drive?

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    I would suggest that you find out the make of drive, go to the manufacturer's site and get their diagnostic tools and run them.

    "chkdsk" is not the sharpest tool in the shed.

    "2.4 gigahertz" is not a version number.
    True, but if you take that, and XP SP1 it suggests a machine that is at least 5 years old? I don't know what your mileage is, but I tend to find that HDDs fail in the first 6 months or several years down the line?

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    Buy a new drive. Run chkdsk /r and either ghost (image) the old drive or
    at least back it up. If chkdsk told you it has bad sectors, you better pull
    any pertinent data off there.
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    brokencrow is right, back up any important stuff first. You should assume that if the HDD is going bad it is getting worse as time progresses.


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    Thanks for all the advice fellows
    Very much appreciated

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    just wondering if anyone actually looked at the stop error

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q297185/
    09:F9:11:02:9D:74:E3:5B8:41:56:C5:63:56:88:C0

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    Unfortunately I have seen it all too frequently, particularly with "deathstar" drives

    In all cases it was a corrupt file system, which the reporting of bad sectors and continuous rebooting seems to confirm here.

    The first thing is to save any important data (if there is any) as you never know how much longer the drive is going to last. In this case I noted that the OS is Windows XP SP1. I find it hard to believe that someone who hasn't updated their OS in 5 years has been fastidious about backups.

    My next step would be to run the HDD manufacturer's diagnostics from a floppy or CD and see if there is anything wrong with the drive. If there isn't then chkdsk /r should do the trick (otherwise format and reinstall). If there is, you need a new drive.

    In any event the operating system needs to be updated, and I would guess that the AV, anti-malware and firewall are in a poor state as well.

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