WinXP will not Boot normally, only to Safe Mode

By jahrichey ·
Hi there,
I have a Dell Optiplex GX260 which will NOT boot ! It boots up as normal until it shows the Windows Logo with a black background, at which point the monitor goes blank and the monitor power LED will start to flash indicating it is in some sort of Sutdown/Sleep mode. I tried a insering a graphics card bypassing the onboard graphics, but nothing changed.

Please help me !

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Possible Fix by reconfiguring boot.ini.

Try this out. :)

Possible Fix by reconfiguring boot.ini using Recovery Console.
?1.Boot with XP CD or 6 floppy boot disk set.
?2. Press R to load the Recovery Console.?
?3. Type bootcfg.?
?4. This should fix any boot.ini errors causing setup not to see the? XP OS
????? install.?
?5. Try the repair install.

"Reboot, this time taking the immediate R option and if the CD letter is say K: give these commands

copy K:\i386\ntldr C
copy K:\i386\ntdetect.com C

(two other files needed - just in case)
1. Type: attrib -h -r -s C:\boot.ini del C:\boot.ini
2. Type: BootCfg /Rebuild

which will get rid of any damaged boot.ini, search the disk for systems and make a new one.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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I'm no expert but here's what I'd try since it boots to Safe Mode.

by OnTheRopes In reply to WinXP will not Boot norma ...

If it's going to the Windows Logo with both your onboard graphics card and your new card I don't suspect the drivers. What I'd do is go to Start\Run and type in 'msconfig'. Once that starts I'd go to the start-up tab and untick half of the start-up programs and then reboot and see if it works. If it doesn't, uncheck the other half of the start-up programs and try it again.<br><br>
If that doesn't work I'd move over to the Services tab in the System Configuration Utility and uncheck half of the Services, try again, if that doesn't work of course uncheck the other half and retry.<br><br>
My reasoning is that when Windows boots to Safe Mode it only loads necessary drivers and services, the minimal needed to run the system. Something is messing it all up when you try to boot normally. By only unchecking half at a time you narrow down your focus. If it does boot at any time, enable Services and Start-up programs one at a time, rebooting each time, until you've found your culprit. Then leave that unchecked and go back and recheck/mark everything else.<br><br>
Ar the worst, if this doesn't work, you'll only be out some time. You can always put everything back the way that it was.

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Sounds reasonably 'expert' to me ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to I'm no expert but here's ...

That's how I'd do it. :)

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Something else to try

by Jacky Howe In reply to WinXP will not Boot norma ...

When starting up in Safe Mode you should have an option for Enable VGA Mode. Select this setting.
You may have set the Resolution too high for the monitor to use. Try setting it back to 800 X 600.
If that is not the problem and you can access Safe Mode via the Enable VGA Mode, go to Device Manager and click on Display Adaptors, right click on the adaptor and click on Uninstall. Restart the PC.
It may pick up the Drivers automatically on restart. If not you will have to download them.
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