Originally Posted by James_W
I resolved this issue by booting into the recovery console and renaming the program speedfan.exe to speedfan.ex_. Once booted I renamed the extension back to exe and uninstalled speedfan. You could also take the drive out and us another computer to temporarily mount it else where, as long as you can rename the executable you should be golden!
This program ran for months with no issues. I have no idea why it suddenly turn mean, but hey such is computing I guess.
You're a lifesaver! I accidentally burned an Ubuntu live CD while trying to burn some obscure boot utility, and by serendipity that let me get my PC running so I could access my hard drives. I renamed that file (and I also temporarily moved the shortcut from the start menu to another folder) and it booted up in safe mode like a charm! Normal booting probably would have worked, too. I then followed your instructions in safe mode to uninstall speedfan, ignoring it's warnings about removing giveio
. Now it boots again! I suppose I could probably reinstall speedfan again, and maybe I will.
Another site I read suggested downloading a new copy of that giveio file (was it giveio.sys?), backing up the one on your computer that won't load, and replacing it with the fresh one. I expect that might work in some cases, too, but a straight uninstall-->reinstall is probably the best and easiest route. Good luck to anyone else with this problem, it took me hours to fix!