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We have a HP Pavilion a1106n computer with a startup problem. The problem began after a momentary power outage (they happen regularly here). When the unit is powered up, it begins normally with the (1) HP INVENT screen, with options of ESC, F1 setup, or F10 system recovery. Then (2) a blank screen with cursor for a few seconds. Then (3) a screen to select the Operating System: XP Home Edition or Windows Recovery console, with XP Home Edition selected. Then (4) a screen with a message that Windows did not start successfully with options: SAFE mode, SAFE mode with networking, SAFE mode with command prompt, Last known good configuration, and Start Windows normally.
Starting Windows normally will bring up (5) the Windows XP logo for a few seconds then flashes a blue screen with a message (too quick for me too read), power blinks off then back on and goes through the same routine, starting with the HP screen.
When the screen (3) asks which O/S, and Windows Recovery Console is selected, after a few seconds a blue screen with the message: Windows shut down to prevent damage UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME. Technical information: ***STOP 0x000000ED (0x826BBAD8, 0xC0000006, 0x00000000,0x00000000). After rechecking recently,the first group in paretheseees is now 0x826BB9E8.
If SAFE mode is selected, the screen goes to (3) choose O/S. If home edition is selected, the screen shows lines that begins with: multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOWSsystem32DRIVERS toskrnl.exe. About 32 lines in all. after a few seconds, the computer powers off for a split second and back on to the HP screen (1) and cycles through again.
If Windows Recovery Console is selected in SAFE mode, then a blue screen with the message that windows has shut down to prevent damage UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME Technical information same as before.
After contacting HP Help, they informed me that the hard drive needed replacing. I hope they're wrong because of all the data and programs we have on there. I searched the internet and came up with the idea of trying to boot up with a CD rom UBCD4winV322. No difference.
This appears to be a reset problem but I'd need schematics to find out myself. Any suggestions?
I have just in fact a few days ago came across a similar issue. As to whether or not your hdd needs to be replaced is uncertain. What I can tell you is it seems as though the MBR or master boot record has become corrupt or one of the reader arms inside the hdd has failed.
Refering to the corrupted theory, may be simply fixed by booting off of a win xp cd and reformatting your drive and reinstalling windows after the format.
In my case even booting off of a xp cd did not resolve the issue, every time anything would attempt to read from the hdd the computer would reboot. I suspected hdd failure at first, but this was not the case. It turns out it was a virus that infected the ntfs.sys and the MBR and put a binary code into those 2 files to reboot the machine.
Luckily at work (IT industry) I have a norton ghost server and was successfull at reimageing the hdd, doing so erases the MBR and everything else for that matter and rewrites it. However in doing so I lost all data that was on the hdd to begin with.
If you are not very tech savvy I would probably recommend hdd replacement however since you do have a HP which was prebuilt with xp, you don't have a xp install cd and thus unable to reload windows. I recommend finding a friend that has the xp install cd or you will have to go to the store and buy XP.
Posted on Nov 19, 2008
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