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Emergency: Computer problems, will _not_ boot. Please, help me!

by LiquidThunder / November 10, 2003 12:54 AM PST

Ok, the only computer access I have at this point is through using a friends or using the computer lab, but my friends are sick of me and the computer lab is a HECK of a walk, I need my computer back BADLY.

Ok, now to the problem.

Basically, my case was way too old and hot, so I ordered a new case, along with a 120 gig WD HD, and a Pioneer DVD RW drive. They arrived three days ago, and I undertook what I thought would be a quick changeover.

I removed all the components from my old case, dusted them with compressed air, and began installing them into my new case. I installed everything correctly (except for the case LEDs, I can never figure those out), and went to boot up the computer. Success! ...kind of. (note: this was not my first time doing this, which is how I was able to do it without help).

First off, I put two hard drives in the machine, the new 120 gig in set as master w/ slave present, and my old hard drive, a 20 gig, as slave. The old HD has windows xp on it as it was my only hd before the purchase of my new one.

Now, I made sure my boot order (and other cmos settings) were correct. My boot order is 1: CDROM, 2: 120 gig master HD, 3: 20 gig slave HD. I have my windows Xp professional CD in my CDROM drive. When I boot my computer, however, and it tries to boot from CD first, it says that the CD is NOT a bootable disk, and continues on. Before I continue, let me first explain that I have used THIS EXACT Windows XP pro full install CD for THIS EXACT purpose in THIS EXACT CDROM drive at LEAST 10 times in the past. I have ALWAYS been able to boot to this CD in the past, i've never ever gotten an error with it before. Why it is telling me it's not a proper boot media now is COMPLETELY beyond me. This is the first problem.

Ok, so once the computer decides it cant boot from my CD, it continues on to the 120 gig, which is blank, and then continues to my 20 gig HD, at which point it begins to boot windows. Begins, but doesn't finish.

The computer sits at the "Loading Windows XP" screen with the nice blue bar going accross the screen eternally. I've let it sit for 30 minutes and the blue bar goes accross steadily and without hitch the whole time. I hear no sound coming from the machine to indicate that the hard drive is working, etc etc. It just hangs.

If I attempt to boot into safe mode, it begins listing all the files its loaded as normal, but when it gets to Mip.sys (that or mup.sys, I'm not 100%) which is located in the Drivers folder, it stops. Never gets passed it.

So essentially, I have a computer that seems to be working fine, but just won't freaking boot.

Something to note: When my Windows XP cd wouldn't boot the system as described above, I thought it might be a problem with the CDROM drive, so I tried to boot from my new Pioneer DVD drive, but it doesn't appear to be listed on my cmos boot order device list. Not sure why.

If anyone can help me or even point me in the right direction, I'll be forever in your debt. As a college student this computer is vital to my life, I have papers to write, research to do, etc etc. I beg you, please help Happy


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Re:Emergency: Computer problems, will _not_ boot. Please, help me!
by HerbChong / November 11, 2003 8:21 AM PST

how are your drives jumpered? are you using a new cable with Cable Select enabled and need to change the drive jumpers? older drives generally need to be slaves to newer drives, no matter how inconvenient this sounds.


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XP hangs on boot
by dblaine / February 23, 2005 3:15 AM PST

I have the same problem. System ran fine for a year, then suddenly hangs on boot, In Safe Mode, after loading Mup.sys and says "Windows is starting up", system hangs. Booting from known good XP CD hangs after loading files from the CD when it says "Windows is starting up". Known good boot CD from Ontrack (Seagate diagnostics) also hangs after loading CD files. I disconnected all non-essential devices, and swapped video card, hard drive, and memory with known good devices; system still hangs. Diagnostic tests on hard drive and memory show no problems. Sent motherboard to manufacturer, and they returned it, saying there was no problem found. Please let me know if you find a solution.
My stats:
Asus A7N8X Deluxe motherboard (Nvidia Chipset)
AMD Athlon XP2400+ CPU
Seagate 80GB ATA133 hard drive
2 - super duper Corsair PC333 256MB CAS2 DDR DIMMs w/ heat spreaders
ATI Radeon 9500 Pro retail video card

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Same here, but for 2000 or 98 on just about any machine
by LadderRUs / May 9, 2005 10:41 PM PDT
In reply to: XP hangs on boot

Same here, but for 2000 or 98 on just about any machine I have (tried 5 different brands).

For the past 6 weeks I have had the same problem. Got about 20 machines running, want to add another 10 but can't get any to work.

I have machines with their own restore cd that no longer work, and even new XPSP2 will fail on anything I try.

On the network or not they still fail.

Really wierd and getting annoying.


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