I'm totally at a loose end here and I know a lot of you guys are knowledgeable when it comes to these things. I'd really appreciate some help here
Basically after a lot of trial and error and one of my hard drives failing, I'm running a dual boot with Windows 7 on one partition and Windows XP on the other. It's all working fine until I reboot XP about an hour ago after installing some programs. Now it doesn't start at all.
I'm getting as far as the point where it would ask if I wanted to boot from a CD/DVD (if the BIOS was configured as such) but it's just hanging on a black screen with an underscore flashing cursor. So far I've tried unplugging all my external USB hardware, disabling the new SATA drive I bought in the BIOS (thinking there might be a conflict or something) and running startup repair from the Win7 install disc (says there's no problem). I managed to make it this far just by searching online and my very limited knowledge of these things, but I'm really stuck now
My possible theories are:
-Corrupted bootloader, however I had this problem originally when trying to set up the dual boot, it brought up an error message and was found by the startup repair on the Win7 disk, neither of which is happening now.
-Hard drive is dying, it is about as old as my other drive which was dying and was making a couple of weird noises earlier, but it has been working fine the past couple of days and today. I'm running Chkdsk right now to check for errors and such.
Apart from that though I'm stumped. I'd like to get away without a reinstall (as I've installed each OS about 3 times each since I began) so if anyone can help I would be eternally grateful!
This happened to a co-workers computer, and I was forced to reinstall windows, as nothing else worked (And boy did I try). I ended up booting into a linux based OS from a CD, and backing up what needed to be backed up onto an external HD.
Did a clean reinstall afterwards, reloaded the backed up files and everything was fine.
But maybe someone can devise a way to actually fix it without that bull crap. But not I.