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Just installed dual core now windows wont start.


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updated bios it started the first time but now wont even start in safe mode.
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Hello liquid347...

Windows sometimes doesn't like it when critical hardware is changed. You changed CPU's then changed the BIOS version in one fell swoop. Windows may have decided it's no longer residing on the right machine.

If you have your installation cd handy, try this REPAIR to your installation of XP. This procedure will not damage or change your current files or settings...it will just repair or replace damaged system files. You will be asked for your Installation CD and may be asked for your product key. Follow the instructions carefully...print them out if you can. Note: This option is not always available on OEM Recovery Cd's

Once this repair has completed, you will have to download all Windows Updates again.

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I tried to repair and now i cant even get to safe mode screen.
I updated the bios yesterday, and the cpu today.
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What happens when you power the machine on? Any beeps? Does it shut back down? Describe what there is of the startup for me.
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It seems to start fine, it beeps recognizes the Dual core the RAM and every thing else then it goes to the next screen and after that it restarts.
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And it started doing this right after running the repair installation?
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Yes. Before the repair it would send me to the screen giving me the option to start in safe mode or last good config (neither worked). now no safe mode screen.
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Am i supposed to do something after the repair restart?
I didnt see a option for anything
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Hmmmm...

Did the repair installation complete without any problems? No hangs at say 34 minutes or so?
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no it repaired in three or four mins. without any problems and it said setup would continue after restart.
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What kind of machine is this? Is it a build or a branded machine? If it's a branded machine, what make and model number?
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i put this together
4800 amd, 250gig hd, 3450 quadro Fx
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And you are using a retail version cd for the repair?

What's troublesome is that a repair should take about an hour to complete and will restart several times. When you first start, you should be prompted to press any key to boot from cd...after that, don't respond to that prompt...just let it boot.

It sounds like the repair didn't complete...or really get a good start...to me. Try running it again using the guide in the link I provided earlier. I'll be around here somewhere if you have questions or run into a problem.
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If i reinstall my original CPU will that help
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You want the new processor in while running the repair. XP will install a few new files for the dual core when it finds it during the repair.
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