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dos bootup


FPCH New Member
Oct 10, 2006
Hey, My PC on windows xp home just started up in dos mode (i think thats what its called) after forced shutdown.
It is diplaying a black screen with white text:

checking the status of your hard disk....
some other info then

I have tried a few things but it keeps returning to this screen?


FPCH Member
Jan 21, 2006
Telford, UK
I have never heard of a Windows XP machine starting up in such a mode. I would contact your computer manufacturer for technical assistance.


FPCH Member
Jan 9, 2007
hit f8 and go into safe mode. if that does not work at the icon type in dir c:\windows and see if anything comes up to verify if windows still exists. if it does repair the xp instalation

pc tech

FPCH Member
Jan 19, 2007
HI Dan

try booting from a xp cd and run recovery console when at the prompt type chkdsk/r
if you cant get to the console you will get an error message and it will be your partition on the hard drive that is corrupted