Posted 15 October 2008 - 11:52 AM
Hi, there, everybody!
I'm having a problem booting up Windows XP.
This particular pc had been running fine for two weeks. This morning, though, it (probably, after restarting itself) displayed a short message on the screen, to the effect of "To reboot, press any key".
I pressed a key and it tried to boot but couldn't detect the boot drive. It stopped at the "Press DEL to enter Setup" stage.
Btw, the Primary controller has got a brand new 160G Maxtor as a master and a DVD-RW as a slave. The Secondary interface's got nothing on it. After switching off and checking the IDE connectors I removed the boot drive and gently tapped it a couple of times, as you do. After re-installing it, I got a message that the S.M.A.R.T. check is BAD and this drive should be backed up and replaced. The boot up process, again, stopped at the initial BIOS screen.
I replaced the seemingly faulty drive with a spare 80G drive that worked perfectly in another pc as a boot drive.
The BIOS detected the drive but it didn't boot off it. Stopped at the 'We apologize for the inconvenience... If a previous startup attempt... choose "Safe Mode" or "Start Windows Normally"'
But the keyboard doesn't respond so I can't choose anything and have to wait til it counts down to 0 and repeats the boot up cycle continuously always ending up on this same screen.
I've removed all peripherals, only the keyboard and the monitor remain.
When I try booting from the original XP cd, the DVD drive spins up and there's a message "Press any key to boot from CD" but again the keyboard doesn't respond. (The keyboard works fine in BIOS) After a short time out it comes back to the 'We apologize for the inconvenience... ' screen!
The DVD drive works in another pc and so does the Windows XP disk.
I've tried blanking the CMOS.
What's interesting is that the same exact thing happened two weeks ago (the computer kept getting to 'We apologize for the inconvenience... ' and rebooting itself) and after several days of pulling my hair out (and various pc cables) I just blamed it on the motherboard and got this new one. (This motherboard is Athlon 3000-based, the old one was Intel)
Now two weeks later - same thing's happening!
Googling doesn't seem to yield much, so I'm kinda stuck.
If anybody has any suggestions, please, I'd love to hear some!
Sorry for the long post. Thanks for reading and thanks for your suggestions (I hope).