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#1 dudeydan

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 04:24 PM

Hi, sorry if this has been posted somewhere before but I have searched all over the internet and haven't been able to find a post which has the same problems as I am having now.

I decided to format my harddrive to go back to Windows XP. The windows XP that I have installed is the new Service Pack 3 disk.

After deleting the old partition and creating a new one, the computer formatted and installed a brand new Windows XP on to the harddrive, and then after a successful install the computer restarted, and reached the bit where it's a black screen and at the bottom there are white bars and a white line which goes through them as Windows loads.

On this bit, it takes at least 15 minutes and possibly upto 30.

After the huge wait I logged on and created my new account, and then installed necessary drivers such as Internet, Graphics, Motherboard etc. When all was complete I was asked to restart the computer, and I thought having installed all these drivers the computer may boot up quicker.

But after the restart the black screen with the white bars appeared again, once again taking 15+ minutes to boot up.

Not sure which kind of information you need, so I'll start with the basic things, I'm not that good on computers either.

CPU: Pentium 4 2.8ghz
1GB RAM
Gigabyte 8A667 Ultra 2 (quite old yes)
ATI Radeon X1650 graphics card

Not sure what other info you would need. Also to note that the slow bootup has never happened before, and also when I log onto windows after waiting the 15+ minutes, everything runs smoothly and fast, it's just the bootup that is strange. I have also tried the Black Screen Hang in the bootfix sticky. Thanks in advance, Dan

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 04:35 PM

Did you run diagnostic on the drive itself?

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 08:16 AM

Updated your drivers for all your hardware.

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 11:20 AM

Hi Louis, yes I've gone into the recovery mode using the windows XP disk and done a CHKDSK, finished fine, also ran a check on C: when I was logged into windows and also another CHKDSK when booting up, all came back clean. Not sure if there's a different way to run a diagnostic..

Hi Cryptodan, I'm really not sure what you mean by "Updated your drivers for all your hardware.", because I did include that I have updated all the hardware on the computer hoping that would be the cause of the slow startup.

Thanks for the replies, Dan

Edited by dudeydan, 30 September 2008 - 11:20 AM.


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Posted 30 September 2008 - 11:26 AM

The event viewer may give some more information.

1. Click Start select run
2. Type eventvwr.exe
3. Press enter
4. Search through the groups for errors and warnings.
5. Double click on each error and or warning.
6. Locate the copy to clipboard button, Posted Image (under the two arrows)
7. Let us know what you find. (paste the results)
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Posted 30 September 2008 - 11:59 AM

Hi Alan, this may be strange but there are no errors or warnings at all in the event viewer

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 12:34 PM

I think I'd try using the XP CD/Recovery Console to run the fixmbr and fixboot commands, since that seems to be the hangup.

I usually try fixmbr first...if that doesn't do it, I try fixboot.

FWIW: You do not have to specify the partition/drive when using either command, the default is the drive initially detected when you entered the Recovery Console.

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Posted 30 September 2008 - 01:23 PM

Just to add about the event viewer, did you look in the system group?
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Posted 30 September 2008 - 01:57 PM

You've done a fresh install of Windows XP and have all the drivers installed.
Have you checked in Device Manager to ensure that they're all present and working properly?

Chkdsk checks the file structure of the file system that's on the hard drive.
FixMBR and fixboot fix the areas that tell the hardware how to access the file system.
The only other hard drive tool that you can use is a diagnostic utility from the manufacturer of your hard drive. There are links to the most common one's in this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/
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