Posted 22 March 2008 - 10:35 AM
Unfortunately, I'm completely lost.
Earlier this morning, after turning off my 2nd PC for the evening, my 2nd computer wouldn't start. Well, that is to say it wouldn't boot. It's a few years old so I began some troubleshooting, (removing the graphics card, each stick of ram, disconnecting the drives, and even using a backup PSU to boot). But nothing worked.
Since the specs were similar to a Dell Dimension 8200 I had around, I figure I'll just use that. But that's where I ran into some issues.
After only connecting the HD, keyboard, & graphics card, I can't get my blasted thing to boot into Windows - even in safe mode. When it gets to the point where it loads the file d346bus.sys, it restarts. While I was able to find some things using just Google, I can't actually try any of the solutions I found. That is, my CD-Rom, while found in BIOS, won't load my WinXP CD. Each time, I get an error message stating that it's not a bootable device or whatever. Additionally, when I even tried using an old Win 98 startup disc to ensure the CD-Rom would be fine, I'm getting the same thing when trying to boot from that.
At this stage, I'm completely clueless and was curious to see if there's anything I can do?
Also, I did an image backup of my WinXP CD and even tried booting from that thinking the CD itself was a failure. I've tried about 4 CD or DVD roms and 2 floppy drives as well. And I've also tried just removing the HD and only having the rom connected. Still no luck.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!