xp wont boot Won't start in Safe mode at all
Posted 30 March 2008 - 05:05 AM
Posted 30 March 2008 - 05:32 AM
There are programs incompatible with XP SP2 that you may have installed. Also - some disk drivers might be corrupting the file system. I would install the Recovery Console - boot into it, then perform a CHKDSK C: /R. Microsoft has a knowledgebase document that may help troubleshoot and fix this problem:
You may want to check out support.microsoft.com and search their Knowledgebase for specific problems or error messages that you're getting. They do tend to document bugs and solutions better than most software vendors.
I know when I upgraded to XP SP2, there were drivers and apps that were NOT compatible with SP2. You may need to remove and update/upgrade these drivers.
Hope this helps.
Posted 30 March 2008 - 05:48 AM
Posted 30 March 2008 - 06:12 AM
If you have a Windows XP Install CD - put it in your PC's CD-ROM drive, go into the PC's BIOS setup and change the boot order to boot from the CD first. Turn on the PC and have it boot from the CD. From that point - follow the prompts to perform a REPAIR - and elect to run the "Recovery Console". This will bring you to a DOS-looking prompt - select the Windows installation by the number listed on the screen, type in the password for "Administrator", then when you're at the C:\> prompt type
CHKDSK C: /R
This will take AWHILE to run - but let it run through completion. After it's finished, type EXIT at that DOS prompt - the see if you can boot into Windows - picking "Start Normally".
Let me know what happens and we'll take it from there.
Posted 30 March 2008 - 06:56 AM
C:\>type boot.ini and got this
Time out =5
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1) \windows='Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /Fastdetect /NoExecute =Opt In/Safeboot:minimal
Does this mean my xp disk doesn't get read by my new cd / dvd drive which was setup when I did my re-install 6wks ago. Even then I had to reload Windows 98 then upgrade from that to install xp pro.
Posted 30 March 2008 - 05:31 PM
That boot.ini file simply tells the boot loader where to find the XP (or any other operating systems) on your PC. If you had the Recovery Console, there would be another entry in there for it.
If you can't boot from your CD - either you CD is scratched/damaged, there's a problem with you CD DRIVE or you haven't gone into the PC's BIOS Setup and configured the BIOS Boot Order to try to Boot from the CD Drive FIRST. You need to be able to reboot from that Windows CD in order to access the Recovery Console and run CHKDSK C: /R.
Go into your BIOS Setup screen (press key noted on the screen when you first power it up - usually DEL, F1, F2 or F10). Locate the "boot order" section and set the CD ROM drive as the 1st device to boot from. Try cleaning your CD to remove any dirt of finger prints. Try booting another known GOOD CD ROM that's bootable to make sure that you're drive IS working. If your CD Drive is not working - you'll need to replace it with a working CD ROM Drive.
- Hope this helps
Posted 30 March 2008 - 05:55 PM
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