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Win XP won't load on startup.

by smjaffar / June 4, 2006 12:19 AM PDT

I am running Windows XP Home Edition on a Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz, 2MG cache with an intel D945GNTL Motherboard and 160 GB hard drive and 1 GB memory.

I had the computer on yesterday and all was fine. I left it running (with windows up), and I went back to it 4-5 hours later and there was nothing there. (At first I thought it was in sleep mode, but the mouse would not awaken it--normally, it will kind of sleep when I'm not active for a while and I am then prompted to reenter my admin password and windows is restored to the point were I left it previously). So, I was forced to restart the computer at the switch and now it cycles on, I see it searching for the rom drives and then it stops and windows won't load. Can you help?

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Dead hard disk?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 4, 2006 12:44 AM PDT

I'd boot the hard drive maker's test program and see if the hard disk passes the tests.


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hard drive boot problem
by smjaffar / June 4, 2006 2:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Dead hard disk?

Thanks for the suggestion. However, I do not have a floppy drive installed on that computer and the seagate website has a go-around for installing to a cd rom using Roxio or Nero--this computer I'm using has neither one. Since this is a newer system, I guess I'll just have to take it in unless you have any further ideas.

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could be either boot sector virus or hard disk failure
by wnrf426 / June 4, 2006 4:46 AM PDT

this could be possibly a boot sector virus, (virus infects the machine and won't let windows load) or your hard disk could have simply died.
hopefully, you have everything you wanted to save backed-up otherwise, you will have to send the drive off to a data recovery service to extract the data off the drive.
hope this helps.

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by ask4anu / June 4, 2006 9:50 AM PDT

try booting from the cdrom and do a low level format (windows xp repair) fallow options like you are reinsatlling the os till you see repair option this will reset all os files to original specs and also load all your settings back to normal as well as all software installed if your problem is a corrupt registery then you will have to do a high level format and start with a clean drive (sorry) as low level format will also load back any problems u may have in the registery

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