This is a very weird problem with an HP computer in my shop.
This HP is about a 2005 model, XP Media Center.
Something happened and the computer stopped booting up. I have tried to run a regular Windows XP CD for it's command line stuff. But, the computer
insists that there is a corrupted file. This is on both my XP CDs I never have any problems with. "This happened on a different hard drive as
I can boot to DOS type utilities, and I was able to test the drive to a pass.
I cannot boot to the Ultimate Boot CD recovery console. I get a blue screen, telling me that three is a problem.
It's like the low level stuff works, but if it means booting into windows stuff, it's not going to do it.
If it were some machines, I would check the hard drive settings, and change them to "combination," but I can't find any such settings.
What on earth could have failed on the machine, if anything indeed has mechanically failed?
The restore CDs we just bought will not finish installation. It goes to a point where it says it's starting the recovery, the white bar loads, and
that's it. It goes no further.
Of all the machines I've worked on, I'm not familiar with such a problem.
I don't think this thing will load Linux either. Now running CPU stress test.
edit on 24-1-2011 by cybertroy because: added some stuff