I have had a problem for several days and have not been able to resolve this.
I am running agigabyte 7n400 pro2 board with an xp3000, 512 memory.
I choose in the bios to load optimal defaults and the next thing I knew I could not get past the screen that asks if I want to start windows normally or load last good configurations and so on. No matter what I choose the machine reboots over and over. I finnally got an error of a missing file setupdd.sys.
I checked on the net and found causes from bad memory to try removing the pci boards. I have swapped out memory and removed pci boards to no avail.
I have gone into recovery concil and ran chkdsk and come up with missing a unrecoverable file.
I have read in some forums where the file setupdd.sys can be found in service pak 3 and 4, but that is windows nt which I am not running I have windows xp pro. So I kinda need an experts help here as my wife is really getting mad at the thought that I may have to reformatt the drive and loose her data.
I find it strange that upon loading optimal defaults the machine went down.
I also noticed in one website that someone felt it was a virus, however I run virus software, and yes while I know it doesnt stop everything the machine was working fine till I loaded optimal defaults.
Im hoping theres a way to find this file and put it back.