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ChrisInLA

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Hi - I'm having a problem getting anywhere past my BIOS. It loads fine, shows all drives and components, but when the computer goes to load Windows (XP, SP2) it ends up on a blank screen. If I F8, I go to the Windows Advanced Options screen, and select any option, then I'm taken to a Select Operating System screen. Here I have two options: hit F8 and go back to the Advanced screen, or hit anything else (including the instructed Enter) and lock up completely.

BIOS shows CPU running 48C/118F, System 35C/95F.

Any suggestions?

Thanks...

Chris
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silverbeard

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Hi ChrisinLA and welcome,

It sounds like you may have a corrupt boot sector. Do you have a full insatall disk for XP sp2?

If you do or have access to one you can boot the install disk and at the choice menu press R to enter repair console. Once you log in as administrator type in FIXBOOT and press Enter. You will be prompted to be sure you want to do this, enter Y and press Enter. Type EXIT and remove the cd and see if the PC will boot.
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Thanks, Silverbeard. I finally got it to boot, although I'm not sure what did it. I removed the heatsink and fan and re-applied thermal paste. Removed and reseated the memory, but that's about it. I''m assuming there's something intermittent causing the problem, because I can't see how what I did had that affect. Can it still be the boot sector? And on that chance, can I apply FIXBOOT even if the boot sector is alright - I assume it won't do any damage to a healthy sector?

If I ever find the source of the problem, I'll post it so it can go into the general knowledge pool. Until then, thanks for your prompt response.

Chris
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Sometimes things we think won't help are the fix we are looking for. If you change hardware configuration on occastion, as I do, something may not get seated right and the normal vibration from a fan can cause the strangest and hardest to diagnose issues. Good job hunting it down.

can I apply FIXBOOT even if the boot sector is alright - I assume it won't do any damage to a healthy sector?


Yes, in normal situations it's a safe move. A multi-boot system is another story.

Edited by silverbeard, 13 December 2006 - 12:06 PM.

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