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By rustyangel ·
I've been using computers I've built for the past 4 years and felt that my Hard Disk was in need of replacing, I picked up a new 200GB hard disk for the system and went up formatting the drive ready to install Windows.

Everything has been running fine until I get around to installing either my Nvidia 66.** gfx card drivers or Windows Service Pack 2. After installing either of the above after the computer reboot the computer no longer loads windows in any way what so ever. After running the recovery console I find a missing '\system32\ntoskrnl.exe'. however after I replace this the system still wont boot.

I ran CHKDSK /r to try and fix the issue, it found several issues with the disk but said it repaired them all. however on rebooting the system I am still left with the problem of getting stuck in the windows loading screen.

The system completely locks up and nothing can be done. cant even open the CD drive. I would assume this was a MB issue as it is happening now with both Hard Disks as i tried to install to my old hard disk with the same issue arrising. However the MB in general is running with no issues what so ever until the installation of either the nvidia drivers or the Service pack 2.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated as I've been trying to work out the issue now for the past 3 days.

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Windows Crashing

I would start by checking the cabling and wires to the IDE devices. Remove and reseat the cables, loose wires can affect performance and data. Ideally, the HD should be Master on channel 1 and CD on channel 2. Or CD on Slave from channel 1.

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by rustyangel In reply to

all of those are setup correctly. Masters and Slaves are set in the correct possitions with jumpers in correct places. all wiering in the machine is set up correctly too.

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by rustyangel In reply to Windows Crashing

all of those are setup correctly. Masters and Slaves are set in the correct possitions with jumpers in correct places. all wiering in the machine is set up correctly too.

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by wcp In reply to Windows Crashing

It?s more likely the SP2 that caused the problem.
I offer you two options

1. Do BIOS Flash.
Some MBs are not compatible to Windows XP SP2. Either you do BIOS Flash or do not install SP2 with your MB.

2. Remove the SP2.
http://tinyurl.com/5k9mx

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by 1 Sane Nerd@Work In reply to Windows Crashing

find another source of the latest Nvidia 66.** gfx card drivers. The one u now have could be plague with virus. troubleshoot this in SP1 before going into SP2.

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by scottsman In reply to Windows Crashing

Out of curiosity when did you install Anti-Virus? Was the box connected to the Internet without AV while you downloaded drivers and such? I have seen incidents where someone did not install AV for several hours while the box was wired to the net and got a virus. Average survivability of a new unpatched PC is less than 14 minutes. It is a strech but if you are not having a hardware issue....it could be a virus

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by wlbowers In reply to Windows Crashing

How did you format the 200gig. NTFS or Fat32.

It will make a big difference.

Lee

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