I have a friend whose computer hangs when it tries to load Windows XP. It has worked fine until a couple weeks ago.
- *Dell Dimension (don't have model number right now)
- *Pentium 4
- *1 GB RAM
- *2 identical HDDs setup from the factory with RAID 1 (mirror)
I have used an ubuntu live CD to verify all the data seems to be intact on each drive. Everything seems to be fine until Windows XP boots, and the "waiting" bar runs for a few seconds, then BSOD with error 0x0000007E (possible driver issue).
I have tried to repair windows with the install disk, but the repair utility says that it cannot detect any Windows installs.
Is the RAID array keeping Windows repair from detecting the Windows install? Am I even barking up the right tree? I have tried removing each drive from the system and booting, but I get the same BSOD. I have tried to disable the array, but I get cryptic messages about possible data loss.
Are there other avenues I should explore?