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Changed from ACPI to Standard PC and now Windows won't load

by overseastom / September 14, 2004 6:55 AM PDT

Hello everyone, fingers crossed this is fixable cos i can't even get Windows to load... Here's the background: i followed a tutorial in Computer Music issue 61 (page 62 of the July 2003 ish with Reaktor 4 on the cover) saying that for making music it's better to have your PC running in 'Standard PC' configuration as opposed to the ACPI mode that is the default when you install Win XP. I changed my PC over to Standard mode using the method described in the mag (go through the Control Panel>>System>>Device Manager>>Computer>>then update drivers for ACPI pc) and when i went to restart the pc Windows now wouldn't load up, and instead only showed that screen saying there's been a hardware config change and do i want to load Windows in Safe mode, Last Known Working config, or Load Windows normally. NONE of these options work (even Safe mode?!) and instead my pc just resets and these screens start over again. Is there any way i can fix this (manually changing IRQ settings in the Bios or using the Windows Recovery Console perhaps?) as I dread that i'd have to reinstall Windows cos it'd mean losing a couple of songs i just made (i'm a fool for not backing them up straight away...). Sorry about the huge post y'all but thanks in advance for any help you have for me. Cheers,
Tom E

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Change back.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 14, 2004 7:20 AM PDT

I've never heard such a claim.

Bob

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I wish i was making this up ;)
by overseastom / September 14, 2004 9:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Change back.

Bob, believe me, I wish i was making this up! My PC will not get past the Windows screen with the little bar underneath that has blue dots moving in it. The PC just resets every time it gets there and Safe Mode won't even load, nor will Last Known Good Config. It never gets to the desktop. Since changing from 'ACPI' to 'Standard PC' is apparently meant to reconfigure the ICQ settings so different devices aren't using the same ones, i tried changing their settings in the Bios, but it did nothing to help. Now i'm thinking about just doing a complete reinstall, but want to move My Documents from my C (Windows) partition to my E partition (which has all my media in it, and apparently won't dissapear if i reinstall Windows). Any suggestions on how to do that, anyone? Thanks in advance...
Tom e

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Oh and also, Bob...
by overseastom / September 14, 2004 9:25 AM PDT

Bob, you suggest in your subject line that i just change back, but this seems out of reach if Windows won't load. Any ideas?
Tom

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I see two possible...
by Michael Geist / September 14, 2004 9:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Oh and also, Bob...

avenues. One, you can move the drive (set as a second drive) to another working computer and drag and drop your files onto the working machines drive.

Two, boot to the XP cd and try a repair install. Data backup is advised first.

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thanks Mike, but...
by overseastom / September 14, 2004 9:56 AM PDT
In reply to: I see two possible...

if i install my harddrive into my friends pc, say, then will it still allow me to boot from his OS on his harddrive? If so, then will i still be able to see the files that were originally on MY windows drive (the C drive on my pc) or will they be hidden? Will i see my E drive only (the 2nd partition and the one with most of the important stuff)? Also, i tried doing something like a repair install - i thought that was what that 2nd option you see when you boot with a Win disc was (the one that says Recovery Console) but it just brought up a DOS-like screen that was fairly useless. It said access to Documents and Settings was denied (though i already gave it the Admin password so....eh?). How do i do a repair install? Is that just reinstalling WinXP on the C partition? Again sorry about such long posts, but this stuff needs specifics cos it's soooo fiddly. Fun, fun stuff...
Tom E

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Re: Oh and also, Bob...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 14, 2004 10:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Oh and also, Bob...
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