Hello all, Problem Recently I have been getting 0x24 freezes at bootup (at XP logo), whether booting into Safe Mode, Last known settings, or Normally. I'm aware this points to HDD failure/driver of some kind, but the drive itself seems to be working fine. I dual boot into Linux and mount the Windows partition of the same HDD, and can see and access all files just fine. I do have an original XP disc but when I try to enter the Recovery Console or go for the XP new install option, it hangs prematurely at the "Examining 158123 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi..." Thus I cannot do an XP recovery console nor chkdsk, which is what most forums seem to be recommending. I wish I could run chkdsk /r, but I can't reach a command line, and as far as I know this cannot be virtually run (easily) from Linux. By the way, I have let MemTest do a few passes on my RAM and it seems to be OK. I'm fairly confident this is a non-issue. Relevant specs Dual boot Ubuntu(Hedghog)/Windows XP, SP3 Maxtor 160gb HDD ~3 years old My questions for you all: how can I get to a command line to run chkdsk when I essentially can't boot to HDD nor XP CD? As this seems to be a spontaneous onset of BSOD on an otherwise healthy computer, what are the chances of this being a hardware failure? What Ubuntu utilities can be used to fix a Windows partition on the same HDD? Thanks!