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Cannot boot into Windows (3)

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#1 vicktor_1


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Posted 17 February 2008 - 01:44 AM

Hey Guys,

Just ran in absolutely the same issue. I have IBM Thinkpad T43p.

I have a bootable Win XP CD (not scratched), which I have always used. This time it will boot from it and display for a second "System being configured" and then the monitor turns black, CD spinning for about 30 sec and then all silent. Only MB, CPU and FAN working. I know that as it gets hotter as if the CPU is at full power.

I tried the CD in another laptop. Booted fine , no issues. Here comes the interesting part. I downloaded 3 other Win XP bootable CDs and burned them. All of them worked fine on the other machine but all the same issue with my IBM laptop. I decided to give it a shot with a Win 2K boot cd. Guess what - it worked ! Booted fine , installed . All good. Then I was able to upgrade to XP !

Of course it was not so easy, for some reason the first upgrade failed right after the first reboot ( Win Xp cd installs initial files while in Win 2k and reboots ) - it said CD not recognized , please insert CD XXX .( I have not changed the CD) Tried second time. Same problem. With the second Win Xp version it worked fine, so I am installing drivers now.

I am IT pro and this is really weird. I can only contribute it to my MB going bad. I had it exchanged once and I know this particular model are prone to twists that screwed the MB.

If anybody else has better explanation or fix. Let me know, for now I am using good old Win 2 K

Good luck

P.S. One more piece of information - i have second partition and Linux installed on the machine. I do not think it should cause issues as there is nothing in the MBR. I use(d) the boot.ini file for dual boot

Edited by vicktor_1, 17 February 2008 - 01:51 AM.

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 07:23 AM

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 08:15 AM

Just for troubleshooting purposes, have you tried using an external CD/DVD drive, so that you know it is not solely the drive causing problems?

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 12:38 PM

No, I have not. I can try at work on Monday. I think the combinations i have tried rule out that.

One more addition. The Fedora boot CD loads fine also.

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