Thank you for your advice. I have already tried several of the items you recommended.
1. Removed from power and pulled CMOS battery for 15 minutes. Started up, went to setup, had to re-set date/time. Does that indicate it was off battery long enough?
2. I tried using Win XP install CD (actually WinXP Upgrade - used to go from Win 2K to XP three years ago on another machine), selected recovery, but it did not recognize my HD. Only the CD. Setup does properly identfy the HD by make and model, so it would appear to be connected right.
3. I can't boot to safe mode or last known good. I get the stop error message above.
1. Yes, that means it was out long enough. Normally you remove it and hold down the power button and it drains it faster.
2. Define how SETUP recognized it and the recovery didnt? If setup recognizes it, recovery should aswell (they use the same drivers). Make sure you use: "chkdsk c: /r". Or type "cd c:" then "chkdsk /r".
If you only have 1 hard drive then C is your HD's letter. If "cd c:" gives an error like "system cannot find the drive specified" then try another letter going down the alphabet (d:, e:, etc).
I have tried building a PE boot disk on USB, but it is not working right. The instructions tell me to first format my USB drive as FAT16. On my laptop under drive management, the options are FAT, FAT32 and NTFS. I selected FAT, formatted and them followed the instructions from www.gocoding.com
. There is a Youtube video to walk me through it. When I try to boot off that USB I get an error message: "remove disk or other media". It does not seem to like the format of my USB. I may go back and format it as NTFS and try again.
Download that tool and there is an option for fat32 and FAT (fat16). Select FAT. I use it..it works great.
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