Ok so my computer was running fine then my computer froze so i wanted to restart my computer on my laptop so i held down the power button to shut it off. i restarted my computer and went to get a drink for when i came back windows was running a check disk and deleted some entries then said it was inserting a value $ into file id 4 or something like that and just keep looping that message. Anyways i just held down the power button again to restart(ok so holding down the power button is probably what caused the problem but windows was freaking out on me so i hit the power button) and when it restarted i got the BSOD. i did a little research and my findings were that holding down the power button caused file corruption and the file corruption is why im getting the BSOD. now i had a windows xp installation disk. I inserted that into my computer and booted from cd. it loads all the files and then goes straight to asking me to select a partition to set up windows xp on and does not give me the option to run a repair. Please help me!
Ok heres the problems though:
Reformatting is not an option, this is a school computer issued by the state, a recovery is the only option.
Windows XP Professional(unsure of service pack, does this matter? its new enough to be windows vista compatible, although since this is a school issued computer the windows installation cd is for windows xp Professional, slipstreamed with service pack 1, so the installation cd might have been made than the laptop was made. )
Intel Core Duo Processor 1.66 GHZ with 512 ram
Dell Latitude D520
thanks for the links but im dont know how to boot into the recovery console because when i boot from cd is goes directly to Partition is either damaged, corrupted, or too full. please select a partition.....It says i have to reformat my hard drive, which is not an option for me. is there anyway to boot directly into recovery console or chkdsk? i tried looking for it on the internet and that link you gave me says follow all the steps or launch recovery console.
but the problems are i cant even get into the recovery console and reformatting is not an option.
take it back to the school IT department and get them to re-image the drive.
if your desperate to save anything on it you could try taking the hard drive out and putting it in a external caddy, copy the files to another machine before putting it back in the machine and then getting the school IT people to wipe it.