Hey all, in case I dissappear until Tues evening.....

it will because I am having difficulties with my computer. It will not boot to SAFE MODE, and is acting very flakey when I boot to normal mode. I appears as though my "restore points" have all been wiped too, but I can't be sure as I can not access that either. Tues. evening, I will be back to work, so if there is anything to update on this situation, I will be able to post it then.

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fwjs288 years ago
sniffle, i hoped you got help from the forum, but that didn't work... :*(
Goodhart (author)  fwjs288 years ago
No, something else really torqued XP around....I have to boot multiple times to get the desktop up, it takes forever, and sometimes while writing text (like in this here text box) lines start to disappear, and I can't read what I am typing or posts come up looking blank, etc.....
fwjs28 Goodhart8 years ago
hrm...try booting off of a linux live cd and see if you ahve any problems...have you reinstalled xp ?
Goodhart (author)  fwjs288 years ago
I am searching for my repair CD....I don't know if I have XP on disc or not.

I wouldn't be able to access the windows files if I booted from Linux would I?
gmoon Goodhart8 years ago
Yes, you should be able to access any partition from Linux, even NTFS.
Goodhart (author)  gmoon8 years ago
Ok, I booted to Ubuntu, which doesn't change anything but I don't see my firewall running....I think I had better sign off...btw: I can no longer get online through windows.....I think I may have to rebuild the machineugh.
gmoon Goodhart8 years ago
Good luck, if you have to rebuild :( , my wife's computer needs something similar... I think you'd be pretty safe with a Linux "live" disk--AFAIK, all the live distros mount harddrives as read-only. To change any data, you'd have to unmount the partitions, then remount them as write-enabled media. You should be able to burn a CD/DVD, though. Or write to a flash drive. The "user directory" that's setup with a live disk will be in RAM. And reading NTFS is easy, but in the past many distros didn't even offer writing support--NTFS is largely undocumented. I assume by now there's a reliable driver, but for a while they used a "captive" NTFS driver. This actually went through the windoz DLL. When using dual-boot system, for years I always made sure I had a FAT partition so I could easily transfer between the OS's. I can't testify to the current state of NTFS support for linux currently because I haven't gone dual-boot for quite some time.... And (no offense to the msgs below), Linux viruses are very rare. When you do see one, it's usually targeting commercial servers.
Goodhart (author)  gmoon8 years ago
Well, the distro of Ubuntu I have allows me in here (with one VERY annoying feature; every now and then a letter, or space bar, or backspace I type repeats itself for about 7-10 places....very VERY annoyyyyyyying.

Still is it not allowing me accesssssssssss (sigh) to my HD in any way to get the pics my wife wants....
fwjs28 Goodhart8 years ago
uhh, check your keboard ....and what version of ubuntu do you have?....
Goodhart (author)  fwjs288 years ago
Um, it doesn't happen under Windows :-) What version ? Oh, let me see, I sent for a Disc, oh nearly a year ago....maybe only 8 months (I know, I am behind a bit but this is the first time I have had the wherewithal or gumption to try out the disc, (since it would be a no harm done situation), so I am not sure, but I DO know I can't check it now, since I am at work :-)
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