Today, our internet box running Windoze XP just wouldn’t boot anymore.
Power on. Bootloader. Blank screen. Nothing.
Power on. Bootloader. F8. Safe mode. Blank screen. Nothing.
I was damn pissed off. The box suddenly stopped working. I love computers when nothing works and you have no idea why. But hey, Knoppix to the rescue.
After booting, I quickly inspected
mc, my favourite
filemanager (old, but good). Hmm, nothing special. At least my files
are still there. Wondering.
After some more debugging, I chose to look at all files changed in the last 24h.
Somehow I felt the need to delete
hiberfil.sys, the file where
Windoze stores it’s Hibernation state in. Quickly booted into
the recovery mode (Knoppix can’t write on NTFS), and a quick:
Rebooting. “Welcome…”. Desktop. Uff.
Seems like someone tried to hibernate the computer, which didn’t seem to work.
Now the big question: If I try to boot into safe mode, why the hell does Windows try to load the hibernated state?
NP: The Hives—Love In Plaster