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Xp Setup Hangs At "starting Windows"

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#1 groegler


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Posted 04 September 2008 - 01:35 PM

During a brownout yesterday the computer went off and when I re-started all I got was a black screen. After much teeth-gnashing, I got the start sequence as far as a white on black text page telling me that Windows was not shut down properly and offered me multiple choices to restart. These included Safe Mode, Safe with Networking, Safe with Command, etc., and farther down, "Last Good Setting..." and several others, including "Open Windows Normally". The result of trying them all was that nothing would start Windows.

The farthest I got with any of them was a very fast long list of *.sys files that just stopped on the screen and nothing happened.

I got to BIOS and disabled the Hard Drive from the boot sequence, ensured the CD-ROM was enabled and put in my original DELL CD for XP to boot from.

After repeated attempts the farthest I ever got with this was a fast loading of what appear to be driver and controller files followed by the statement: Windows is Loading.

But it never did.

Before coming the Bleeping Computer I surfed the net and Microsoft for fixes. The most relevant ones (including some in this Forum) encouraged me to use the "R" key option that was supposed to come up from the CD boot. It's supposed to activate the "Repair Console" so I could fix the boot.ini or boot sector or something. It NEVER came up. Not once. I even tried a different Original Dell CD for XP as a boot disk and it did the same thing.

I all out of ideas, folks. I sure hope you have some.

Thank you.


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Posted 04 September 2008 - 02:14 PM

Try this procedure for troubleshooting the system that won't start: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/70216/hardware-troubleshooting-via-system-stripdown/

Basically, since it's not booting from the Windows CD, you've gotta try another CD to see if it'll boot from that. If it doesn't, then the hardware stripdown will be needed to rule out most of the hardware.
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Posted 04 September 2008 - 03:12 PM


Thank you for your fast reply. I'm working through the tests before the stripdown. I'll let you know what happens.


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