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won't boot

By bornabratt1955 ·
my computer gets to the screen safe mode command prompt last known good configuration and no matter i pick it restarts itself or hangs when it gets to the xp logo screen, I tried putting in another hard drive and changed cables the other hard drive has disk boot failure insert system disk and enter.what can i do to fix this?
Thanks in advance.

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by kh_hows In reply to won't boot

First can you enter the Safe mode windows? If can then go Control Panel -> Add and remove icon check did it have any funny application either then the normal installation application. If have try to remomve it then restart the pc and try to go in the normal windows.

Second, you have to make sure the other HDD have the OS and the HDD jumper is set as CS pin and the HDD is at Primary slot else it won't boot up.

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by bcpgm In reply to won't boot

1. Run CHKDSK /R by connecting the HD to a different system or using Windows XP CD.

2. Reinstall Windows (repair installation or in-place upgrade). Use Method 2. If you do not see repair (R) options after F8, do not proceed.

3. Do HD diagnostic test. Download diagnostic utility program from the HD manufacturer?s website. If it failed, replace the HD.

4. Backup data and clean install Windows.

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by Dumphrey In reply to won't boot

IF you can boot into safemode, then most likely culprit is a bad/corrupt driver. Video drivers, new ati drivers in particular, are bad about crashing Windows if they go in wrong. In safe mode, remove all video and sound drivers and reboot. If you can get back into normal windows, then update your motherbord chipset drivers and reinstall sound and video drivers. If you cannot boot in to safe mode, then most likeky you have bads sectors on HD and/or a virus. Boot off a recover cd (Ultimat Boot CD) and scan disk for errors. Scan disk for virus and then try booting. if you still cant boot do a repair install. That should get you up and going.

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