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XP Pro boot problem

By tharfunk ·
When I boot up the system will allow me to open the bios, but will not get past the screen that shows ide devices. It will freeze at this point. System will not boot to safe mode or any other setting. What to do

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by sgt_shultz In reply to XP Pro boot problem

can you boot from a cd, such as a xp setup cd? and read the boot drive? exactly what do you mean by 'can't seem to get it to boot from floppy'
if so, can you use the Recovery console to diagnostics on the file system? (chkdsk c:)
otherwise it does sound like time to swap in a new ide controller card to see if that fixes things...

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

maybe you are low on hard disk space plus badly fragmented.
did you see this:

Computer stops responding with a black screen when you start Windows XP
View products that this article applies to.
Article ID : 314503
Last Review : July 8, 2005
Revision : 2.2
This article was previously published under Q314503
SYMPTOMS
When you try to start Microsoft Windows XP, the computer may appear to stop responding (hang) with an empty, black screen immediately after the power-on self test (POST) is complete and before the Windows XP logo typically appears on the screen.
CAUSE
This issue may occur if one or more of the following elements are corrupted: ? Master boot record
? Partition tables
? Boot sector
? NTLDR file

rest of article at:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314503

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by w2ktechman In reply to XP Pro boot problem

It sounds like there may be a few HW issues, forgive me if these were already brought up as I have not read the answers given.
First, open the system up and check the cabling. (also if the HDD was replaced or a new one added check jumpers).
After that I would look at unplugging the HDD and checking to see if it boots properly (like to a boot cd or floppy).
If it does boot, then the problem is most likely the PS, MB, or HDD.
If it does not, then the problem is most likely the MB. unplug cd drives and try again (if you can, to a floppy is best). If it still does not boot, then try resetting the BIOS, if it still fails, try replacing the MB

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by hozcanhan In reply to XP Pro boot problem

tharfunk ; try the boot priority . in the bios try to boot from the cd first . Of course let the first boot device be cd inside the bios setting . If you can boot from the cd and get to reinstalling XP ( or repairing it ) you are halfway thru . Then make the first boot device the hdd . if you can't boot the first sector of the disk is damaged . You have to pay attention to hard disk led . If it doesn't light up when accessed or stays lit all the time , recheck your ide port on the mainboard is enabled . If someting is fishy try the second ide port .

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to XP Pro boot problem

Well the model of the MSI M'Board would be helpful it very much sounds as if you have a BIOS problem as you seem to be saying that you are not getting past the POST screen.

first have you recently Flashed the BIOS? If you have you'll need to alter a jumper setting to disconnect the BIOS and wipe it so it is restored to a Blank state and then you can go in and set things like Date & Time and the other things that may be required like what if any floppy is connected.

Once you have the Date & time set correctly you can then chose either the Default Settings on the BIOS screen or Performance Settings either will do to see if you can get it past the POST Screen.

Are you hearing any beeps from the Case? If so you'll need top look up the Beep Code as the M'Board is telling you that something is wrong and exactly what it is by the Beeps that it is emitting.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

You could also try the Ultimate Boot CD available from

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

and run some diagnostics from that since you can get it to actually boot from a CD.

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by jeanmarc In reply to XP Pro boot problem

I didn't see anywhere whether it is booting from CD or not. If it is not, then it is most probably a hardware problem (as it cannot boot from HDD or floppy drive) and I suggest taking it to a shop to be looked at.

If it is booting from CD, I suggest the following:
1. on another PC download Puppy Linux iso (it is only 50M) and burn it to a CD
2. Boot your PC and make it start from the Puppy Linux CD. Puppy Linux will run from RAM - 256M is all what it needs
3. Puppy Linux has wizards, and powerful utilities to tdiagnose, test, and repair your PC
4. If you have to reinstall XP (which in my opinion you will), try installing Puppy Linux to your PC first (if your partition was NTFS, you will have to erase the disk); it is easy, fast, and you will get a good idea of your PC's performance

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by tharfunk In reply to XP Pro boot problem

I can boot from cd rom. I have tried xp pro cd, I can only get to the " setup will start windows " screen then it hangs. I can run Partition Magic 8. It shows the partition as: 1 no drive letter active size ntfs. It will not allow me to delete nor create a new partition. Any suggestions? I thank all for your help.

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