Not necessarily in this order..
1. Check and re-seat all cabling to the hard drive and the motherboard.
2. Tried running a repair install using your Windows XP SP2 disc?
3. Tried reseating the memory, or removing all RAM sticks except for one, in the number 1 slot, and see if it starts correctly? (It could be a bad RAM module.)
4. Tried swapping in a known "good" power supply?
5. Because heat could be part of the issue, have you cleaned out all of the dust and junk using compressed air? Checked that all fans are working? It may need new thermal grease on the heatsink/processor.
Hope this helps.
I have a computer with the details given below.It had been working fine until yesterday when the following happened (and since then as well). When I try to boot it up, it does this:
a)Shows mother board screen.
b)Flashes through two screens. (I believe it is checking for stuff.)
c)Gives me these boot options:
2.Safe mode with networking
3.Safe mode with command prompt
4.Last known good configuration that worked
5.Start Windows normally
When I select any variation of Safe mode, it starts listing files(i think) and the locks up.
When I select "Last known good configuration that worked" or, "Start Windows normally", it shows the Windows XP loading screen. Then it locks up, flashes a blue screen for about 1/2 a second, then "reboots."
If anybody needs more information, or if anybody can help me I will greatly appreciate it.
We built the computer ourselves. (i.e. Its not a Dell, Compaq, etc...)
Here are my system specs:
OS: Windows XP(Professional) SP2
HDD: Western Digital 250Gb SATA
MB: Asus P5N-E SLI
RAM: Qty 2, 1Gb gSkill Ram (2Gb total)
PCU: Intel Core2 Quad
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT