Last night my PC was acting a bit strange, so I decided to restart it to see if that would improve the situation. Unfortunately, after doing so, it would not boot into Windows. I can see it POST, but where I would normally expect the Windows loading screen, I instead get a blank screen (not the "No Signal" display). At this point there does not appear to be any disk activity or anything else; it just hangs. I tried to press F8 to get to boot into Safe Mode, but this brings me to my BIOS's boot device menu. If I select my primary hard drive and tell it to boot and then try to press F8 I get no response (just the blank screen, as before).
I was able to boot into the recovery console and tried performing a
fixmbr to fix the problem, but this did not have any effect, but I was able to see that the filesystem appeared to be intact.
For reference the OS is Windows XP Pro.
Any thoughts for what could be causing this and any solutions?
I was also able to run
chkdsk /r from the recovery console. If I do this right when starting the recovery console, I receive a message that there were unrecoverable errors, but if I first do a
fixboot C: then it does not return any problems.