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Issue with XP & Linux startup

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#1 cdsaylor


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Posted 08 July 2010 - 10:25 AM

Hello there, newbie here.

Here is where I'm at. My computer ceases start up after the splash screen. It sounds like an issue I read about on the common issues thread

Black Screen Hang (after splash screen appears) (usually video driver)
- Last Known Good Configuration
- Safe Mode
- install/reinstall latest version of video drivers.

I was thinking it may be a memory problem. I have already reinstalled windows 2 seperate times on 2 different drives, and tried RedHat on another. None of the installs work, and all freeze up (linux says it cannot sync the Kernal)

After getting on today I'm a bit more curious if it may be a driver issue. But I have tried safe mode, with the last good configuration, and that fails to start up as well.

So my questions for my next step would be....

1) how do I run a disk check, memory test, ect...without being able to start windows?

2) if It is a driver issue how do I go about reinstalling the driver?

I will try to get my girlfriends laptop tonight to post more details...unfortunetly I have no internet access other than my WII (and thats just a pain in the ass to use) I'm currently at a library.

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#2 Ken-in-West-Seattle


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Posted 08 July 2010 - 10:56 AM

I would say run memtest from a ubuntu 9.4 cd (10.4 doesn't have it on the menu) or boot to the live cd and see if it will run normally. If it runs as a live cd, you have eliminated everything but the hard drive.

#3 cdsaylor

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 11:05 PM

I'm doubting it is the hard drive, I've actually installed all 3 OS's on seperate hard drives to check that.

So lets go ahead and assume its a memory issue (I can't go check grab that program until I'm back at the library tomorrow) what would be the solution in that case?

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