Unable to boot xp - BSoDs and more

By SoloPolo ยท 5 replies
Jul 4, 2008
  1. Here's my problem. Yesterday, I rebooted my PC and since then I haven't been able to get onto XP. I kept getting BSoD errors. I can boot into Linux, but every time I attempt to boot into XP I get the "Start windows normally, Safe mode" etc options. None of them do anything different, always BSoDs. Now, I've started just getting "The following file is missing or corrupt: vgaoem.fon".

    Also I've tried to boot from my XP CD but once it gets to "Setup is scaning your hardware configuration" the screen goes blank and I've left it for hours, nothing happens.

    Any help is GREATLY appreciated! Thanks in advance guys !
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Boot with your Xp CD again
    Select the first R prompt (to go into the Recovery console)
    Select 1 to log onto your Administrator account
    Then select enter

    On the command prompt (recovery console) type:

    chkdsk c: /r
    (note: space before /r)

    Once Check Disk has finished scanning and possibly repairing any errors
    Type exit to restart
    Hopefully it works
  3. SoloPolo

    SoloPolo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for replying so quickly!

    I would try this, but my PC just hangs after the "setup is scanning" and I never get another screen, with repair or anything else on it.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Re-insert the Ram, or remove all dust
  5. SoloPolo

    SoloPolo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Also done that, completely dusted the inside of the PC.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    BenchTest is the best option
    Removing all un-needed stuff, like addon cards and USB connections
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