Well people, I'm here writing this, but I don't know what will I do after.
A short resume: It's 2:56AM, sunday, and I must finish a song today for a client. My computer is not working right now.
Details: I was working on my new DAW which I could only use last week - I bought it in september but had some problems with the delivery. I was installing all my new sample libraries (GPO, Plugsound, LPC, NI softsynths) and my brand new Sonar 5. I should have began this work a long time ago, but I only could start yesterday.
Okay, it was going fine. I made a song with Plugsound instruments and then closed it. Later, when I tried to open the file, Sonar crashed. I restarted Windows, but it still didn't work.
I updated Sonar to 5.0.1. Didn't work.
So I decided to start all over again. I worked many hours today and made a nice song. This time, I saved a backup file with no effects and I saved the final file again. I tried to open that file later and this time, Sonar freezes and I can't open the file.
I was going crazy, but ok, no problem, I can still work it out. If I restart Windows, it may work, right?
WRONG. My system would not start again. Errors:
"mbr error 1
press any key to boot from floppy"
"Windows could not be started because this file is missing or corrupted:
Reinstall a copy of the file above" *
"Reboot and select proper boot device
or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"
"Error loading the operational system" *
* = Don't know if this is the correct phrase, it was in portuguese.
I did boot from Windows CD and did what this page tells:
It tells to boot by Win XP cd, go to recovery console, use fixboot and fixmbr. It didn't work.
Then, I tried to install Windows again in the same partition. The install application said it was not possible because the partition was invalid (something about MBR). I tried to install in the other IDE HDD, but same thing.
And now? What shall I do?
- I CANNOT FORMAT THIS HDD YET (there are some files in my desktop - I know I have 3 other HDDs, but...)
- I need to open and recover that files from Sonar as soon as possible (today), even if I would convert it to a simple MIDI file!
Win XP Professional SP2
AMD 64 X2 4400+
Asus A8V Deluxe (bios 1014)
Memory: 512mb RAM (temporary, the 2gb memory is with problem)
HDD1 (system): IDE Maxtor 80gb
HDD2 (audio): IDE Maxtor 80gb
HDD3 (samples): SATA Maxtor 200gb
HDD4 (samples): SATA Maxtor 200gb
Audio: Audiophile 2496
Video: GeForce FX 5200
PSU: Enermax FMA 365w
Sorry for the enourmous post, guys... but you at this forum are my only hope, and I think I will die if this computer didn't work and if I didn't finish this song today....