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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 Toastydoc In reply to XP Pro boot problem

Try replacing the IDE cables.

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by Toastydoc In reply to XP Pro boot problem

Also. check your motherboard jumpers to ensure you are not set to Primary SATA (A few MB's have physical jumpers that give the option to use SATA or IDE as the primary HDD interface.) You may need your manual to find this out.

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by steven In reply to XP Pro boot problem

It would appear that you have a hard drive problem,possibly a bad IDe controller on the hard drive .Assumeing that there is data on the drive you may wish to retrieve, I would set the hard drive aside (intact) and try a system build on another drive set as master. You need to verify that your MB and misc components are FUNCTIONAL and solid. If possible use a drive of similar technology,to verify that your MB and cables can work using the existing setup. If you reach a point of functionality with another hard drive, there remains the possibility of fetching data with the suspect drive being used as a slave. If you are still unable to get the suspect drive to function as a slave, A trip to the hard drive manufacturers web site is in order.They often have very useful diagnostic tools.

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by TALKIN In reply to XP Pro boot problem

I have had the same problem, alas it was my hard drive.
If you have a second machine install the hard drive and see if that works, if not then purchase a new hard drive.

Also the same symptoms can be a missing/corrupt file NTLDR file.

I would first purchase a new hard drive (master) and install xp on it, then install your old hard drive make it the slave and see if you can gain access that way.
In the end this is by far the best solution.

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