damaged XP/boot to dos prompt


G

geekdna

Still messing w/damaged XP OS. (original post below) Can boot to safe mode
w/dos prompt, but many of the commands I'm used to aren't there (fixboot,
bootcfg, map) are there any comparable? I can't get /p to work when I type
help, so can't see many of the commands available. Is there some other
command I can use? Then I can at least see the commands and try to figure
out if one of them can help me.
Still no cd rom available. c:\dir reveals a config.sys with nothing in it.
Is there something I can type in there to get more of my system to work?
When I did a c:\config.sys, windows asked me what program to run & allowed
me to open notepad to view it. Can I use this option to my advantage for
more recovery purposes? I'm hoping...
Needed to repair my XP SP2 OS but the disks I thought were the right ones
weren't. It iwas a different OEM version and I don't have a product key,
so
can't boot up. Now that I have found the correct recovery disks for my
system, the F10 recovery option is not available while starting. I can get
into BIOS and CMOS and even boot to safe mode w/prompt, but I can't get it
to boot from CD, even tho it says it's doing so. When at the command
prompt,
I can't get an alternate drive to come up, even tho the CD rom drive shows
up in the BIOS. A flash drive isn't recognized, either.

I can't help but think it should be an easy fix, but I don't know how to
go
about it.


--
Donna
404 Westover Dr.
Yakima, WA 98908
509.494.3015 c
509.249.8836 fx
509.249.0080 w
 
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smlunatick

Still messing w/damaged XP OS. (original post below) Can boot to safe mode
w/dos prompt, but many of the commands I'm used to aren't there (fixboot,
bootcfg, map) are there any comparable? I can't get /p to work when I type
help, so can't see many of the commands available. Is there some other
command I can use? Then I can at least see the commands and try to figure
out if one of them can help me.
Still no cd rom available. c:\dir reveals a config.sys with nothing in it..
Is there something I can type in there to get more of my system to work?
When I did a c:\config.sys, windows asked me what program to run & allowed
me to open notepad to view it. Can I use this option to my advantage for
more recovery purposes? I'm hoping...



--
Donna
404 Westover Dr.
Yakima, WA 98908
509.494.3015 c
509.249.8836 fx
509.249.0080 w

You are doing it wrong! Fixboot and Bootcfg are not directly
installed on to the hard drive. These are part of the Recovery
Console which is usually found when booting a true XP install CD (not
the recovery CDs.)

Also, there are some web sites that offer methods on installing the
Recovery Console onto the hard drive. This will add a boot option.
 
D

db

you can boot with any winxp and select repair.

the repair will launch the recovery console and
bring up the disk system prompt so that you
can run the following commands>:

chkdsk /p
fixboot
fixmbr

then exit and remove cd.

----------------

incidentally, the fixmbr will fix the master
boot record. just ok it and don't worry
about the warnings.

----------------
keep us aprised
--
db·´¯`·...¸><)))º>
DatabaseBen, Retired Professional
- Systems Analyst
- Database Developer
- Accountancy
- Veteran of the Armed Forces
- @Hotmail.com

"share the nirvana mann" - dbZen

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
J

Jose

Still messing w/damaged XP OS. (original post below) Can boot to safe mode
w/dos prompt, but many of the commands I'm used to aren't there (fixboot,
bootcfg, map) are there any comparable? I can't get /p to work when I type
help, so can't see many of the commands available. Is there some other
command I can use? Then I can at least see the commands and try to figure
out if one of them can help me.
Still no cd rom available. c:\dir reveals a config.sys with nothing in it..
Is there something I can type in there to get more of my system to work?
When I did a c:\config.sys, windows asked me what program to run & allowed
me to open notepad to view it. Can I use this option to my advantage for
more recovery purposes? I'm hoping...



--
Donna
404 Westover Dr.
Yakima, WA 98908
509.494.3015 c
509.249.8836 fx
509.249.0080 w

It is great that you can get into the BIOS and see your CD ROM, but is
your BIOS set to boot on the CD ROM first, or the HDD? You may have
to change it.

An empty config.sys is normal in XP.

If the BIOS is setup to boot on the CD and it attempts to and fails, I
would suspect the CD (media) first. It is broken, not bootable, etc.
The hardware is probably okay if it at least tries to boot (accesses
the CD).

Does the CD media boot on another computer?

Why not make your own RC bootable CD?

You can create your own Recovery Console CD with free software, fast
and easy. Then you can run chkdsk /r to see if your HDD file system
is okay, or fix it if it is not okay.

Any other recovery operation on a corrupted HDD file system is a total
and complete waste of time.

Create the RC bootable CD, change your BIOS to boot off the CD first,
boot into RC, run chkdsk /r to verify your HDD.

What is the problem you are trying to resolve?


Here are some directions to make a Recovery Console CD. If the
directions are not clear, let me know so I can adjust them:

You can make a bootable Recovery Console CD by downloading an ISO file
and burning it to a CD.

The same XP Recovery Console commands can be run from the bootable
Recovery Console CD.

The bootable ISO image file you need to download is called:

xp_rec_con.iso

Download the ISO file from here:

http://www.mediafire.com/?ueyyzfymmig

Use this free and easy program to create your bootable CD:

http://www.imgburn.com/

It would be a good idea to test your bootable CD on the computer that
is working.

You may need to adjust the computer BIOS settings to use the CD ROM
drive as the first boot device instead of the hard disk. These
adjustments are made before Windows tries to load. If you miss it,
you will have to reboot the system again.

When you boot on the CD, follow the prompts:

Press any key to boot from CD...

The Windows Setup... will proceed.

Press 'R' to enter the Recovery Console.

Select the installation you want to access (usually 1: C:\WINDOWS)

You may be asked to enter the Administrator password (usually empty).

You should be in the C:\SYSTEM folder. This is the same as the C:
\WINDOWS folder you see in explorer.

RC allows basic file commands - copy, rename, replace, delete, cd,
chkdsk, fixboot, fixmbr, etc.

From the command prompt window run the chkdsk command on the drive
where Windows is intalled to try to repair any problems on the
afflicted drive. Running chkdsk is fine to run even if it doesn't
find any problems.

Assuming your boot drive is C, run the following command:

chkdsk C: /r

Let chkdsk finish and correct any problems it might find. It may take
a long time to complete or appear to be 'stuck'. Be patient. If the
HDD light is still flashing, it is doing something. Keep an eye on
the percentage amount to be sure it is still making progress.

Remove the CD and type 'exit' to leave the RC and restart the
computer.

You do not have to adjust the BIOS again to boot on the HDD since the
CD will not be present.

Here is additional information about how to start Recovery Console:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

Here is additional information about the Recovery Console commands you
will be using:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

You can consider adding RC as a boot option to your system.

A good idea (now that you have had this experience) is to create a
bootable XP installation CD with the latest Service Pack already
installed.
 
G

geekdna

No recovery option available. see beloew

db said:
you can boot with any winxp and select repair.

the repair will launch the recovery console and
bring up the disk system prompt so that you
can run the following commands>:

chkdsk /p
fixboot
fixmbr

then exit and remove cd.

----------------

incidentally, the fixmbr will fix the master
boot record. just ok it and don't worry
about the warnings.

----------------
keep us aprised
--
db·´¯`·...¸><)))º>
DatabaseBen, Retired Professional
- Systems Analyst
- Database Developer
- Accountancy
- Veteran of the Armed Forces
- @Hotmail.com

"share the nirvana mann" - dbZen

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
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D

db

then you have no real options.

if you can't boot with a winxp cd,

then the system is corrupted.

at best you should take the drive
out and install it in a different computer
and extract your user files.

then reformat the drive and reinstall
winxp.


the other way around it is to install
a new harddrive as a slave in that
same computer as a d drive.

then install windows on it.

after you get a new copy of windows
setup on the d drive, then you can
use that o.s. to work on the c drive
or to extract your personal files off
of it.

--
db·´¯`·...¸><)))º>
DatabaseBen, Retired Professional
- Systems Analyst
- Database Developer
- Accountancy
- Veteran of the Armed Forces
- @Hotmail.com

"share the nirvana mann" - dbZen

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
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