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XP Wont Boot - Hangs on EVERYTHING - DETAILED STEP


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#1 krazyjosh5

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 09:21 PM

Hey Everyone,
Im having problems with my computer and its driving me insane! Please help me. Even as a techie, I cant figure this one out...

I was working on my computer when it froze. It has done that before so I shut it off and turned it back on.


Well I turned it back on to a Windows XP boot logo that faded in half way then stopped. The blue status bar didnt show up but the XP logo faded in about half way.

Anyways, I tried rebooting in safe mode to no avail.

I tried booting with the Last Known Configuration to no avail.

I tried Memtest86, alls good.

I tried Microsofts Mem Test, alls good.

I tried booting to Linux. That worked but then it froze too! I shut the computer off (because it froze) and booted it back up and now SuSE wont even load!

I tried booting the Windows XP CD so I could repair the installation but it wont load, it hangs on "Setup is starting Windows".

I tried updating the mobo bios.

I tried resetting bios config back to defaults.

The day before I just ran Spybot and Adaware with latest definitions.

When I try to boot to Safe mode it hangs on nv_agp.sys (that may or may not have anything to do with it).



I have an MSI K7N2G-L mobo, 2x 512MB Crucial DDR400(?) RAM, im trying to boot from a fairly new (3 month old maybe) Maxtor 60GB hard drive 7200RPM. Ive also got an ATI Radeon 9800 Pro AGP video card, USB mouse and PS/2 keyboard. Two network cards (ones wireless, ones wired - both Netgear), a standard MSI bracket that gives you boot info, a USB 2.0 PCI card, and a PCI card that I plug two more IDE drives into. I have two CD drives (Samsung and TDK VeloCD burners). The PCI card that I can plug IDE devices into has a Zip Drive and a third hard drive (old 20GB in FAT32). The mobo has 2x Maxtor 60GBs (~3 months) exact same model.

And I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO.

Somebody please help me get back up on my feet ASAP. I just opened a few business accounts yesterday and now CRASH.

ALL comments are appreciated.

Thanks a million,
Josh

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 10:46 PM

Here's a couple of sites where they reference nv_agp.sys.
See if there's any info there that might help.
Seems to be an AGP/PCI conflict.
http://forum.iamnotageek.com/history/topic.php/366278-1.html
http://www.ap0calypse.com/archive/index.php/t-284.html
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Posted 10 May 2005 - 03:06 AM

I have an MSI K7N2G-L mobo,

Me too. And I've used a pair of Maxtors, presently just one 120GB. I'm thinking like TG1911, a conflict at the hardware level perhaps.
I say that after a couple years of using my board.
With less plugged into it.

Have you downloaded and ran the Everest Report?
Studied the PCI & IDE connects for any information?

Also, PSU issues can come into play with the extent of your plug-ins, IMO.
Default BIOS now, but what was it? Overclocked ever?
These boards can run kinda on the warm side, too.
Been ontop of that issue?
55-59C is typical here.

You have Smart Disk available in the BIOS.
Is it enabled, does it present "always passing" in each category?

I was working on my computer when it froze. It has done that before so I shut it off and turned it back on.

Hardware having been mentioned, turning now to software ... winXPpro or home ... it's done it before. What circumstances?
Online action like several windows open and a few other programs going? I ask because I'm trying to picture similar occurrances in my winXP and what was found to be the cause. I really suspect software, but can't rule out the complexity of your drives & the overall effect of the video card in the picture (that nVidia agp.sys involvement) It just sounds like a drain of resources that effects everything to some degree.

Well I turned it back on to a Windows XP boot logo that faded in half way then stopped. The blue status bar didnt show up but the XP logo faded in about half way.

I dunno ... I've even seen monitors trying to go south on me ...

Officially scratchin' my head, but interested in the situation.

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 09:21 AM

Have you downloaded and ran the Everest Report?
Studied the PCI & IDE connects for any information?


Unfortunately, no :thumbsup:

Also, PSU issues can come into play with the extent of your plug-ins, IMO.

Its a 400W I believe, should be enough. It hasnt been a problem for a while...

Default BIOS now, but what was it?  Overclocked ever?
These boards can run kinda on the warm side, too.
  Been ontop of that issue?
55-59C is typical here.

Yeah, thats typical for me too. Neverbeen overclocked, never had a heat problem. If anything, heat should be the last problem as its -not ocd -has an aftermarket upgraded fan -arctic silver installed

You have Smart Disk available in the BIOS.
Is it enabled, does it present "always passing" in each category?

Currently, I have it disabled, I will check when I get home.

software ... winXPpro or home ... it's done it before.  What circumstances?

XP Pro. No similar conditions. Sometimes I would leave the computer with just AIM on, go to bed, wake up the next morning and its frozen. Sometimes nothing on, wake up the next morning and its frozen.

This particular time I was browsing the net with AIM on and my email open.

I dunno ...  I've even seen monitors trying to go south on me ...

It works fine with everything else (Linux, memtest, etc). Shows no problems at all. Its a 19" CRT (Viewsonic A90+)

Edited by krazyjosh5, 10 May 2005 - 09:22 AM.


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Posted 10 May 2005 - 12:15 PM

First, Make sure you Reset your CMOS. Then...

Try Booting to the Recovery Console.

If you are unable to boot from the cd (I think you said that it hangs and does not start), then I would suggest going to Microsoft's Site and Downloading the XP Boot Disk Creator Program (you will need 6 blank floppy disks).


XP Home Edition:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release...releaseid=33290


XP Pro Edition:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release...releaseid=33291


Boot to the Recovery Console, then try a chkdsk /r

If you still have problems boot to the recovery console and try a fixboot and a fixmbr

Edited by windowsxp550, 10 May 2005 - 12:18 PM.

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#6 krazyjosh5

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 05:59 PM

First, Make sure you Reset your CMOS. Then...

Try Booting to the Recovery Console. 

If you are unable to boot from the cd (I think you said that it hangs and does not start), then I would suggest going to Microsoft's Site and Downloading the XP Boot Disk Creator Program (you will need 6 blank floppy disks). 


XP Home Edition:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release...releaseid=33290


XP Pro Edition:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release...releaseid=33291
 

Boot to the Recovery Console, then try a chkdsk /r 

If you still have problems boot to the recovery console and try a fixboot and a fixmbr

Didnt work :thumbsup:

I couldnt boot to the recovery console. The boot from diskette version just hangs on "Please wait..."


ALSO - I reset the CMOS!! (didnt work either)

Edited by krazyjosh5, 10 May 2005 - 06:01 PM.


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Posted 10 May 2005 - 06:48 PM

Aha! I ran the Maxtor Hard Drive Diagnostic utility (google it) - PowerMax.

It scanned the drive and said it was crapped out.

So, in the end, my drive was bad. :thumbsup:
Luckily its an easy enough process...

I scanned it with PowerMax, at the end of the scan, it provided me with a confirmation number. It told me to go to Maxtor.com and go to Returns/RMA and file for a return. I simply had to enter my hd serial (provided in the PowerMax program so I didnt have to take it out even), enter my confirmation number from PowerMax.
Then, I had a choice between Standard Return and Advanced Return. Standard means you have to send it back to them first. Advanced means you provide a credit card number and they send you out a new drive immediately and wait for you to send your after you get your new drive.

All I had to do was run a program, fill out an easy form, and right now Im waiting for a new drive. Ill be able to Ghost my old drive onto my new drive (it hasnt failed, data is still there).

Woot.

I posted all of the above so anyone with my problem will know what to do. Most of you probably already know about this process. :flowers:

Thanks for all your help!!! :trumpet: :inlove:

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 08:10 PM

Thanks for letting us know the outcome and how you figured it all out.

It may well help another with the problem.

(I learned from your posting myself) :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 09:41 PM

Excellent, I'll remember that. I still have 4 months on my warrenty. :thumbsup:
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