My friend raves about the assistance he has recieved from this site so here comes a first time poster with a truly perplexing and aggravating problem.
I've got a 3 year old installation of Win XP Pro on a 40GB partition of a 80GB W-D hard drive. I was experiencing these weird boot freezes for awhile but was always able to overcome them with either a system restore option or fresh video driver install. No such luck this time. I can get into safe mode with no problem but try as I may, the system hangs at the boot screen with those fruity blue bars just going and going and going every time I try to boot up in the regular OS. I have disabled ALL drivers in msconfig, I have tried "last option that worked", I have removed potentially offensive progs, I have removed all ATI software and reinstalled the latest video drivers, I have attempted multiple system restore options from previous dates and I have run the chkdsk option. Nada, zippo. I've pretty much ruled out a hardware problem cause the machine boots fine in safe mode and runs OK that way. I've even burned multiple DVD backups in preparation for a potential fresh OS install which I'm avoiding like the plague for obvious reasons.
My system specs are: Abit IT-7 Max 2 ver. 2 (D6 bios), 3.06GHz P4, 1GB PC3700 Corsair memory, 80GB W-D hard drive, 2x80GB Maxtors in a RAID 0 array, Radeon 9800 Pro video, NEC 3520 DVD burner, Kenwood 72X CD reader all powered ny a Thermaltake 420W power supply. I have SP2 and all other MS updates installed up to about a week ago when the machine was running like a champ and churning out great frame rates with Quake 4.
This computer has seen alot of action since I first built it and some may suggest to just go ahead with a XP repair or perhaps even a fresh install. This is something I would love to avoid at this time since a five month old son has me busy enough! I have always kept things as clean as possible with Ad-aware, Spybot S & D and e-trust antivirus so I'm not infected. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!