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Won't boot to login

By why ·
I have XP Pro. Hard drive is partitioned into two with dual boot. When I start the PC - I select one partition called "Games" and it starts ok - no problems. If when I start the PC and select the other partition called "Windows" it goes through the process where you see the Windows splash screen (the one theat shows "XP" and the moving bar....) it finishes that but then does not go to the blue login screen - it goes to a blank black screen and all you can see is the white cursor.
Any help appreciated.

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by Scooby170480 In reply to Won't boot to login

Have you tried boot the "windows" partition in safe mode?

If that fails then it may mean you need to re-install the windows partition again.

Before you go for the Re-install Though. Stick your XP Disk back into the CD-Rom and Boot from the cd-rom, when it prompt's you! Try to "Repair XP"

See how you get on with this!

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by why In reply to

Tried the safe mode and Repair XP already - no luck. In safe mode the screen is black with the white mouse and the white lettering saying safe mode. No Blue login screen........... Help

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by rindi1 In reply to Won't boot to login

You probably have Drive Mappings which point to a drive that isn't there. Use a Program like Partition Magic to setup Dual Boot Systems. You also have a Program called "DriveMapper" that comes with this product, and with this Program you can change the settings in your Windows Registry to point to the correct Drives.

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by why In reply to

Poster rated this answer.
Thanks - but they are ok. Had used PM to set up - and has been working ok for a few months - now just doesn't work.

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by s_hunnicutt In reply to Won't boot to login

What you might try and so is remove your video card drivers from the xp instalation. Reboot with the defaul driver installed and see if you can get the login screen to appear.

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by why In reply to

I'm not sure that will work as my other boot partition which is exactly the same boots fine. Though I will try it.

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by markmathson In reply to Won't boot to login

One thought I have is if you have installed Microsoft SP2 it could be causing this as well. Think of any software or hardware changes you made most recently. Boot in to Safe Mode via F8.. see if SP2 is installed.. try uninstalling it if possible.. Check Device Manager and see if any Conflicts exist...
Good luck!

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by why In reply to

Hi - as I said the screen is black - can't see anything except the white mouse pointer and the white words that say "Safe Mode". Can't click on anything. Can you tell me how I check the device manager?

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by markmathson In reply to Won't boot to login

One thought I have is if you have installed Microsoft SP2 it could be causing this as well. Think of any software or hardware changes you made most recently. Boot in to Safe Mode via F8.. see if SP2 is installed.. try uninstalling it if possible.. Check Device Manager and see if any Conflicts exist...
Good luck!

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by why In reply to

Hi - as I said the screen is black - can't see anything except the white mouse pointer and the white words that say "Safe Mode". Can't click on anything. Can you tell me how I check the device manager?

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