smiths27 here again... I tried the above solution to no avail. Even with the first boot device in BIOS set to CDROM. I'm wondering if you could give me more help?
It may help if I give more detail:
The problem occures when the Symatec screen comes up. A window opens up with the question "Output A:\Ghosterr.txt" with a yes or no choice. If I choose "yes," the computer isn't able to find the drive. If Ichoose "no," It says "invalid destination drive." then the program aborts and I get an "Error 0004: recovery failure" message. This happens no matter what I do.
I'm not concerned with saving what's on my hard drive, I just want to use my computer again. I suspect that I may have to replace the hard drive....
Any help with this would be most appreciated,
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Re: Continuing formatting trouble
It sounds as though your recovery disk has Norton Ghost incorporated into it, thus the call for the Ghosterr.txt file. Most recovery disks are just modified Windows installation CDs and if you boot to them they will immediately go into the Windows recovery which is what Sandrew was trying to walk you thorough.
Having said that I?ve found a few other references to this type of issue and has usually been a result of CD read errors.
- Try cleaning the recovery disk, if there are severe or numerous on it or if it is dirty that could be your problem.
- If that doesn?t do it try cleaning your CD drive with a good commercial cleaner.
- If that fails another option is trying a conventional Windows installation CD.
Let us know if you have any other questions and please don?t forget to rate this post.
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If you set the boot order to USB first boot device and HD second. Insert USB and boot from there. It should find your HD and then you can install your OS. Another system for a different laptop will not work!
When editing the BIOS if you go into the BOOT ORDER menu, it is possible that the network card is not showing as an option. In order to get this option to display, go into the "integrated devices (legacyselect options)" and then select the network interface controller. Edit that even if it is On and change it to On w/PXE. After saving the changes to the BIOS, you need to power the computer off then on and then go into BIOS again, and the "integrated NIC" option should be available in the BOOT ORDER menu. Set this to be the first boot device in order to use PXE.
maybe a usb device plugged? if not try in bios\boot sequence to set cdrom - hd - usbdev. then try to boot with the puppy sturdust linux cd. if it work is just the internal hd; format it and reinstall. hope it help bye
There are a few things you can try . First , try this : the computer is off . Turn it on and Press F1 key repeatedly or whichever key applies to your computer that enables you to access your BIOS settings . Then , using the arrows you will select boot options or boot settings . Then , you want to arrange the boot order device sequence so the CD is first. Some computers display a boot device options when you first and computer on by pressing a special key, like ESC or F12. You want the computer to boot from the CD ROM with your XP disk in the drive. This should allow you to properly format the HDD and install XP. If that doesn't work , check your BIOS settings and select the default configuration , then be sure to exit using the exit dialogue box and select exit saving changes and then yes when prompted . Then, do the device boot options thing one more time with the CD as the first boot device .
boot from cdrom?
did you answer (Y)
then hit spacebar?
have the bios set to boot from cdrom/first boot device cd-rom?
If any of these settings are not applyed you will not restore xp on your computer
go into bios and conferm settings
first boot device if set as floppy or hard drive change to cdrom
on some systems you can hit the (f12) key to bring up a boot window and select the cdrom and boot from there then it will ask the normal questions
you can configure it on the bios settings of the unit itself (possibly F2 or F11) Then go to boot sequence then look for the removable device. Then save your settings and restart your laptop. It should be working now.
hi sunnyh, when you start up the PC start pressing the F8 key every 2 seconds. A dos like window will load. At the bottom of the list choose, last known good configuration. (win might load the last good configuration) it's worth the try.
If your PC still does not load windows than repeat the above, this time choose, Disable automatic restart on system failure.
This also might allow windows to load (hopefully).
A system that starts going into this restart loop happens for many different reasons. Most common reason was a program that was last installed just before PC was restarted. Second most common reason for restart loop. Added new hardware, bios changes & windows boot files corrupted. If you did install a program, uninstall it. If you were in your bios & made changes, reset the bios. If you flashed the bios, go back to the old bios version. If you added new hardware replace with older hardware.
To fix Windows you may have to reinstall it. Do not run format or you will loose all your data. Even system restore CD's allow for a win reinstall without a format, however if the cd does not allow you to reinstall win unless you do a format. Than windows startup files are too screwed up & you'll have no choice but to format.
All you can do is try the above & cross your fingers.