I have an oldish and inherited ASUS A6000 laptop with an AMD Turion64 CPU that now 100% refuses to boot. Earlier today I managed to boot it a few times, including some successful reboots. When it was running, it seemed to run fine, but I discovered what looked like a half-baked reinstallation of WinXP. I managed to install Win XP SP3, Firefox 19, and a few bits and pieces, but now it is refusing to boot at all.
When I get any useful indication of why it won't boot, it is during a normal boot, where I see errors of at least three different types coming from lsass.exe:
- The application failed to initialise properly (0xc0000142) [etc] (about 80% of instances)
- The requested operation was unsucessful (about 20% of the time)
- "a write operation was attempted to a volume after it was dismounted" (seen once)
I have never managed a successful boot to Safe Mode - nothing happens on the screen after the "progress bar" is displayed, but it then takes a minute or two to reboot. When I have booted, it has been a normal boot, or last known good configuration. Now that both those seem to fail consistently, I have tried:
- Booting a Norton Save & Restore 2.0 disk... which always ends up at a blue screen STOP
- Booting Win XP install disk, which has so far failed each time within seconds of arriving at the recovery console I hoped to use.
My fallback option was to simply reinstall Win XP... but that looks like it's going to fail too.
The only other suspicious thing is that the battery is completely dead - could that be a factor?
I have two main questions:
- How can I boot this machine to a point where I can go searching for bogus lsass.exe files in case I have a virus (e.g. as described here)
- What is the best explanation for this machine booting successfully a few times, but mostly being a stubborn non-booting beast? (thermal issues? Race conditions on startup?)
ORIGINAL QUESTION deleted as information above is more accurate