Windows XP Does Not Boot
Posted 08 March 2009 - 06:08 AM
Posted 08 March 2009 - 08:29 AM
Posted 08 March 2009 - 08:53 AM
I tried that, even went as far back as end of Feb with no luck. I just tried disabling the nVidia card and was finally able to boot normally! Then, once booted, I re-enabled the nVidia card, downloaded and installed updated drivers, rebooted per the driver installation routine, and the original problem came back. At the next boot-up, I selected last known good configuration, which has brought me to where I am now, typing this reply. I'm afraid now that I have a very skittish graphics card---what do you think? Is it time to start shopping for a new one? Another strange thing--HW PnP is detecting some unknown device on startup that it wants to configure and install. Don't know if this is related, but it seems weird...
Posted 08 March 2009 - 01:46 PM
Posted 08 March 2009 - 01:57 PM
Posted 08 March 2009 - 02:11 PM
If BIOS reset doesn't help then there is a dilema. According to your description there is a reasonable chance that your video card is faulty, but I can't be sure. If the problem shows again then either you take a chance and replace the card with a new one risking waste of money, or, alternatively, uninstall a video card from another computer and install in your computer for testing, or take the computer to a repair shop to be diagnosed.
Posted 08 March 2009 - 02:56 PM
Posted 09 March 2009 - 04:32 PM
Posted 09 March 2009 - 05:12 PM
from the rc.iso cd...be sure the bios is set to boot from the cd drive first...
if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files go here and get burncdcc ..a small FAST no frills iso burning program...
NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its rc.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start
make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....
boot from the rc.iso cd....
type in chkdsk /r press enter
note the single space before the /
While chkdsk is running, you will see a light blue window with a dark blue band at the top and bottom. Chkdsk will display the specific stage it is checking as well as the percentage of completion of the stage. You cannot do anything else on your computer while chkdsk is running. When chkdsk is finished, it will automatically reboot your computer.
NOTE this can take a long time to complete..it may even appear to hang or get stuck at a certain % for a couple of hours...then complete
it may even back up and go over the same area...this is normal...let it run...there are 5 stages
DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER WHILE RUNNING CHKDSK or you can have severe problems...
boot from the cd again...
then type fixmbr press enter...reboot
no joy ....boot from the cd again...
type in fixboot press enter...reboot
nojoy...boot from the cd again...
Type in bootcfg /scan and press Enter
if it says total identified window installs: 1
Type in bootcfg /rebuild and press Enter...
It will identify your XP installation...type Y once you see this prompt.
You will be prompted to enter the load identifier...type in Microsoft XP Home Edition or Microsoft XP Professional depending on whichever version you have...press enter
You will be prompted to enter the load options...type in /fastdetectand press Enter
Type in exit and press Enter
remove the cd
Posted 10 March 2009 - 02:04 AM
Thanks; I've already got a rc.iso CD, so I'll try this when I get back in town on Friday. One question, though--I assume that when I boot from the CD, I should select the normal boot to Windows option, not the Repair option, right?
Posted 19 March 2009 - 07:01 AM
Posted 19 March 2009 - 07:42 AM
yep...sounds like the drive is on its last legs so backup anything you can't live without NOW while you still have a chance...
"The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems." I'm thinking this is not a good sign...
you can download and run the hard drive tools that each drive manufacture has to double check the drives status...DO NOT use the quick scan...use the extended tests option...the quick scan can and does pass some drives and then when you run the full tests it will fail
Posted 19 March 2009 - 08:34 AM
Posted 20 March 2009 - 02:51 PM
Do not put the CD in till it asks for it though.
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