Xp pro says starting windows but never does
Posted 06 November 2005 - 09:11 AM
Posted 06 November 2005 - 09:51 AM
Posted 06 November 2005 - 09:58 AM
Posted 06 November 2005 - 10:12 AM
Posted 06 November 2005 - 11:53 AM
Posted 21 November 2005 - 10:10 AM
he described my exact problem
i get to a screen that says 'please wait, windows is starting up' and my pc freezes there, the orange processing led on the front of my computer stops, indicating that the system is idle.
i can get into safe mode but not with networking. i can get into safe mode with command prompt.
i have an xp pro sp1 disc but i'm running sp2 on my hard drive
i have been in the recovery tool on the cd and tried things like fixboot and fixmbr but they haven't solved my problem
any ideas on what i could do now?
my extreme last resort is to reformat my hard drive, but i really don't want to do that! i have so much valuable stuff on it which i can't recover if i do reformat.
Posted 21 November 2005 - 11:38 AM
kevinski: That's okay if you have SP2 on your harddrive, you will just need to redo all the Windows Updates after doing a REPAIR INSTALLATION.
kevinski, I also suggest that you start your own topic please, or follow along with this one quietly until it is resolved.
Edited by Fenor, 21 November 2005 - 11:38 AM.
Posted 21 November 2005 - 12:52 PM
Posted 21 November 2005 - 01:15 PM
If you have help to offer here, feel free, but just telling people that your knoppix cd is great isnt helpful.
Both of these people are currently being helped by a staff member, I suggest that he be allowed to continue to provide assistance.
Posted 21 November 2005 - 02:34 PM
i used my windows xp pro cd to repair windows and it worked. (well it bascially led me throught the windows installation process and let me use windows normally for a few minutes)
then my computer crashed as i was installing such things as flash player, msn messenger, my sound cards etc.
now i'm back to where i was before with the 'windows is starting up' dialog being the point where my pc freezes.
it still runs in safe mode but now i'm running sp1 not sp2 so i've gone a step backwards so to speak.
does this mean that the only solution now would be to reformat the hard drive?
Edited by kevinski, 21 November 2005 - 02:39 PM.
Posted 21 November 2005 - 07:51 PM
Another thing you can try is removing/reseeding the RAM, blowing dust off the stick of RAM and the slot it goes into. You can also try removing one of the sticks of RAM leaving just one in. Try each stick of RAM by itself in the computer in each slot and trying booting up.
You can also try removing any PCI devices you have installed and try to boot the computer up.
What I suggest you do first is combine all of the above examples. Remove the AGP card, use only one stick of RAM and remova all PCI cards. I would also suggest that you disconnect all CD/DVD-ROM drives and secondary hard drives. If the computer boots up with all these disconnected, then it is just a case of trial and error until you figure out what piece of hardware is bad.
Also, if available to you, try doing a complete fresh install of windows XP, deleting the partition and creating a new one and doing a FULL, NOT QUICK, format of the drive and see how things go.
These are all just testing procedures to try to narrow done exactly what is causing XP to hang during boot.
Good luck and let me know how things go!
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