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Windows Xp Shuts Down Immediately

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#1 Romeo29


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Posted 26 July 2008 - 06:15 AM


After slipstreaming SP3 for Windows XP into SP2 CD, i did a fresh install on a 1.2 GHz, 512MB RAM PC. It has 2 hard disks one with 20GB other 80GB(secondary, i added later). I had repartitioned the hard disk using Seagate Disk Manager bootable cd. The computer was previously running on Windows XP SP2 with no error at all.

After installing XP, When I tried to install IE7, it gave an error after restart saying IE7 cannot be installed. The strange thing is now, after every few minutes the system shuts down suddenly, as when happens on power failure. The hard disk LED glows continually after this happens. On the system reboot, the BIOS does not recognise any of the hard disks, it hangs and hard disk LED glows continuosly.

I have done chkdsk (in the 2-3 minutes the computer is running on XP) it gives no error on 80GB secondary disk.On the primary hard disk, it says files are inuse, please schedule a scan on next startup. On scheduling thes scan, the scan on next reboot gives no error.

But the computer keeps shutting down. Mostly this happens when I try to open video stored on secondary hard disk using Media Player Classic.

Please help.

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 11:50 AM

Hi :thumbsup:.

The hard disk activity light probably stays on initially...because XP is configured to run a limited (3-step) version of chkdsk when hard shutdowns occur. I myself prefer to then run chkdsk /r (5-step) on the same drive when the system finally does boot.

I would run chkdsk /r on each drive as a first step...and then reboot. I would run the chkdsk /r on the boot partition first, using the XP CD and Recovery Console...then try to boot.

I would then run the chkdsk /r on the other drive from within XP: Start/Run/chkdsk /r, OK. To specify running chkdsk on a hard drive which I've designated as R, the command would be chkdsk R: /r

What error messages are provided in Event Viewer that might be pertinent? EV is usually pretty good about indicating disk problems (once auto reboot on crash is disabled).

Disable Auto Reboot On System Crash - http://www.theeldergeek.com/auto_reboot_on_system_crash.htm

How To Use Event Viewer - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/40108/how-to-use-event-viewer/

If it's something that chkdsk /r cannot repair, then I would move to a manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic.


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