CHKDSK runs every time
I'm working on a laptop for a buddy and have everything cleaned up so that the laptop is actually functional. Lots of Malware/Adware and bad RAM. Also had to update to SP3 and run updates on everything.
The only problem I haven't been able to solve is that CHKDSK runs every time the system boots up. With this system it takes 30-45 minutes to complete and then it will reboot and enter XP normally. So I'd prefer to give it back without him having to cancel CHKDSK or wait it out.
I have run the DOS check for a dirty bit and it shows to be clean every time. All the DOS commands to reset the need for CHKDSK don't change anything. There are some registry value adjustments that were recommended when googled, but they didn't change the symptom. For the most part, everything is pointing me towards the drive being damaged and the trigger for CHKDSK is being tripped every time the system boots.
According to the owner, it started acting up back in July after being left in his pickup over the weekend - This has me thinking something may have cooked inside.
It's a HP DV5000 running XP SP3, if it matters. Once it is in XP, everything is golden.
Any assistance or tips are greatly appreciated.