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Windows XP won't boot, tried all the normal stuff


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#1 KKRoadie

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 01:01 PM

Windows XP (Media Center Edition)

My media PC (custom built by Fry's about two years ago) locked up a few weeks ago and when I attempted to reboot it goes to a blank screen prior to the Windows splash screen. I have tried all available boot modes but none work. If I try the boot to a command prompt (with or without networking) I get a screen full of text that reads

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\AppPatch\drvmain.sdb
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\ACPI.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\WMLIB.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\isapnp.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pciide.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\PCIIDEX.SYS
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\Drivers\MountMgr.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\ftdisk.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\Drivers\dmload.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\dmio.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\Drivers\PartMgr.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\Drivers\VolSnap.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\disk.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\CLASSPNP.SYS
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\Drivers\fltmgr.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\sr.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\Drivers\PxHelp20.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\Drivers\KSecDD.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\Drivers\Ntfs.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\Drivers\NDIS.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\Drivers\Mup.sys
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\Drivers\avgrkx86.sys

If I boot from the orginal Windows XP install disc everything appears normal (blue set-up screen "Windows set-up") but when the text at the bottom gets to "Setup is starting Windows" it stops right there and doesn't go any further.

I have checked all the internal connections and there doesn't appear to be anything loose or missing (and nothing should have changed as all I did was reboot) There are three 1 terrabyte HDs in the case and at least one of them has my entire music collection (15,000 songs) that I am not looking forward to reloading that data (literally weeks of work).

I never created an emergency boot CD (I know, I know) and I am out of things to try so any suggestions are appreciated.


Thanks in adavance for your help.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 01:13 PM

This pertains to a possible corrupted AVG Installation.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 01:17 PM

I have an unregistered version on that PC (I have three AVG licenses but I never added one to that PC since it rarely goes on the internet and has no email program).

How can I fix or delete AVG when I can't get to a command prompt?

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 01:21 PM

Can you boot into Safe Mode?

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 01:36 PM

nope

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 01:43 PM

<<If I boot from the orginal Windows XP install disc everything appears normal (blue set-up screen "Windows set-up") but when the text at the bottom gets to "Setup is starting Windows" it stops right there and doesn't go any further.>>

Hard drive or file system (NTFS) problems?

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 02:49 PM

If your worried about the data on the 2nd and 3rd drives, just disconnect them. The data should still be there when you get your boot issue fixed.

Are any of them raided?

You can also boot with a linux live cd and pull off any data on the primary drive assuming it is not hardware damage.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vis...ndows-computer/

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 04:29 PM

It certainly could be the HD but the PC gets moderate use and the primary drive is less than a year old.

I don't know about "raided" so I doubt it (unless its something Fry's did)

I don't know anything about Linux (but the brochures are nice) is there a way I can create a windows XP recovery disk from one of my other PCs or will the specific configuration and version of the media PC be problematic for a foreign boot disk???

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 04:45 PM

What version of MCE is installed?

If this system was built 2 years ago...it should be MCE 2005, which comes on a CD.

MCE 2002 was a native install on systems.

The fact is...you aren't going to be able to do much without the install CD.

As for saving data files...attach the hard drive as a (temporary) secondary drive on a different system...move the files from A to B.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 06:00 PM

The install CD says version 2005

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 02:32 PM

remember if your system was built with sata drive as the primary boot disk, you have to get the sata driver for your mainboard to insert at the f-6 prompt when booting from the xp cd.

If the boot disk is raided (onboard or card), you will see a "loading raid driver" or something like it right after the bios splash screen.

Yes some newer systems don't need the driver and anything that boots primarily to vista, win7 or linux does not need it but two years ago was a transition period in sata device control in both software and firmware.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 02:46 PM

Try running chkdsk /r on the partition...from the Recovery Console.

You need to read your system documentation for instructions on how to access the Recovery Console.

System manufacturer and model?

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 08:47 PM

It's a mut (put together at Fry's)

I can't get to a prompt to run chkdsk

I think its a sata drive but I don't know anout the driver




I think what I am going to do is take a new HD, install a new copy of Windows 7 and then hook up the other HDs one at a time until I get my data. I will have to reinstall some programs but as long as the drive with the music files isn't completely fubar I should be OK.

Thanks for the help.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 09:32 PM

I'm having the exact same problem. My question is if I get a new HD, will I be able to view and remove/uninstall files such as the AVG program? And will still be able to back to original HD? Or will there be a conflict with viewing the old HD with the new one?

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 09:47 PM

Edit to repost what I removed. (the removed one was better, but I don't recall word for word what it was)

This morning my system crashed. It would not boot up. I got the message that there was no drive. I popped in the Windows XP install disk. After telling it to reinstall, it came to a halt when I was told set up could not continue because no drive was found to install it on.

I tried everything I could think of. Nothing worked.

After 3 hours, I opened the case, unhooked the connectors to the hard drive, reconnected them, and the computer booted up.

Even though a peek at the innards showed nothing loose, it might be worth a try to simply unhook/rehook the drive connections.

If it works, keep in mind that it may not be a cure-all. There could still be a problem with your system which can crop up at any time. Back up anything you don't want to lose, just in case.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 08 March 2010 - 10:34 PM.





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