Odd Problem with booting
I was choosing and transferring some pictures yesterday from my Memory Stick Pro to my computer. Some I had taken "sideways". Windows has a neat feature when viewing pictures in which you can click at the bottom to rotate it 90 degrees CW or CCW. I forgot I was viewing the picture on the memory stick in a USB card reader and clicked to rotate. I then remembered that this tends to lock up when I do this. Sure enough I let it sit for a minute or so but nothing happened. I decided to restart the computer and when I did the "End Now" popup appeared and I chose "end now". Windows seemed to shut down normally but when it tried to start again it would not boot.
After a single beep and the logo for my Matrox card appears (that's normal during boot) then I get a dark grey screen which sticks there. It will not respond to ctrl-alt-del, I can't boot to a floppy or CD. I can shut it off by hitting the power button and it shuts down immediately, I don't have to hold the button.
I can hit "del" when trying to start and get into the BIOS, everything there looks normal as far as I can tell.
I was going through the BIOs screens yesterday making pics of all the setting as I was going to restore the defaults to see if that would help. I tried booting one more time (before changing BIOS) and it suddenly started normally.
I tried to start it this morning and the same thing occurred. After several attempts and a lot of time in the bios I decided to get my card reader and reattach it to the computer. This time the computer started normally. I really can't remember whether the card reader and/or stick were attached when it restarted yesterday because it hadn't occured to me that they could be connected to this problem.
With the card reader attached I went into disk management but could not see the reader. So I removed it first via the icon at the bottom, detached it, inserted the memory stick and reattached. After the computer recognized it I reopened disk management (Control Panel-Admistrative-Computer management-disk management). This time not only was the removeable media seen, it was marked "Active". It is assigned drive letter "I".
Did the memory Stick somehow get assigned as the active partition. I have a screen shot below showing what it looks like. When I try to assign another partition as active it is greyed out except for the "Restore" partition.
1. Is the memory stick being marked "active" likely the source of the problem?
2. Which partition should be marked active and how would I do that if it's greyed out. I don't want to mark the "Restore" partition as active as it's just for storing cloned images (which I haven't been able to get to work but that's another story).
3. If this is not likely the problem, what is?
I do have a copy of Partition Magic somewhere although it's not installed. I'm afraid to restart my computer now though so I don't want to try that if this can be done through windows.
I did recently (about a month ago) install new memory.
Here is a screenshot of disk management screen.
MSI 865G board with "D Bracket"
P4 2.4 Ghz 800mhz FSB
2 sticks of 1GB Crucial PC3200
Samsung 160GB SATA Drive 8MB cache
Western Digital 160GB ATA 133 8MB cache
Antec Truepower 430 PS
Qwest DSL Modem
Lite On 16x DVDROM
Lite On DVDRW
CTL 21TF monitor
Matrox P650 video card