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#1 Yartac

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Posted 31 December 2005 - 04:11 PM

Ok, I find myself in a bit of a predictament here so I'm going to go back over every detail I can possibly think of.

Few days ago I attempted to install a new graphics card and realized in my moment of stupidity I didn't order a AGP. Anyway, took that time with my case off to go ahead and give the inside of my PC a good air spray out due to a MASSIVE build up of dust. I reconnect my PC's wiring and it loads up just fine. I spend that night doing my usual amount of gaming then shut down my PC for the night. The next morning my wife attempts to start our PC and upon the Window's load screen, the bar would lock up and would stop loading.

We then attempt to restart in safe mode but find now at the very same moment my keyboard suddenly dies, so I have to run and find a different board and it works. Anyway, moving on, I finally get the option for safe mode and this time I can select it with the new keyboard. And there, everything loads just fine. I attempt a system restore from a few weeks ago. And that still won't let me load Windows without safemode.

Finally, I give up, I whipe my hard drive figuring since it's loading into safe mode and not windows there's gotta be some kind of error or virus, as I had admitting this publically, but my virus proctection might not have been up to par.

Whipe goes fine, I watch my work vanish, nothing I can redo again. I'm given the familiar "Name your computer and are you on a network" screen with starting Windows again, and everything goes fine. I don't register, and go on. It then goes into the Windows load thing, green bar, yadda, "loading windows" kind of thing, and upon the ending of that, black screen with a frozen cursor.

I die.

Ok, safemode it again, yes, everything's been wiped. Ok, perhaps the video card I installed the drivers aren't there. I check my Geforce 440mx. Says no new drivers would improve, seems to still have drivers or something, anyway, that don't appear to be the problem. I restart, and it goes right back to locking up JUST as it did before the whipe.


So I sit here, whiped hard drive and no running PC pleading to the masses from my brother's PC. ANY idea on what I should do. I welcome something simple no mater how dumb it makes it look.

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Posted 31 December 2005 - 09:02 PM

Sorry I wasn't sure from your post, is the new video card currently in the machine or is it still your old video card? If you put the new card into the machine and started having problems I would take it out and try your old card to see if the machine will boot properly. If it boots fine with your old video card that will help to diagnose the problem.

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 09:24 AM

During setup, XP creates log files detailing what happened. If you're able to access these files, it'll help us in determining what's gone wrong with the installation. Here's a list of them:

* Setupact.log - This log file contains all the actions performed during setup in chronological order. It is stored in the %systemroot% folder.
* Setuperr.log - This log file lists any errors that occurred during setup along with the severity of the error. It is stored in the %systemroot% folder.
* Comsetup.log - This log file provides information about the installation of Optional Component Manager and COM+ components. It is stored in the %systemroot% folder.
* Setupapi.log - This log file provides information about .inf files. It is stored in the %systemroot% folder.
* Netsetup.log - This log file lists the actions perform while joining the computer to a workgroup or domain. It is stored in the %systemroot%\debug folder.
* Setup.log - The information contained within this log file is used by the Recovery Console. It is stored in the %systemroot%\repair.


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Posted 08 January 2006 - 06:32 AM

Alright well, I have a very similar problem.

My friend wanted to reformat his computer, but he'd never done it before, so I decided to walk him through it.

We backed up his stuff, and popped the WinXP Home disc in, formatted the HDD, and installed Windows. Everything went smoothly.

Finished the whole customization (Name, Organization, Time Zone, Keyboard Setup, etc), and computer reboots as it is supposed to.

However, at the Windows loading screen, where the bars travel from left to right, 3 of them, (Green in this version, XP Home), the bars suddenly stop, and lock up. (With a different video card, rather than locking up, the screen goes blank and hangs there, but I'm going to stick with the one that at least keeps video for now, worry about the other problem later).

In any event, boot in Safe Mode works. Safe Mode + Networking, or Safe Mode + Command Prompt don't.

Ok... did a fresh reformat again... what do I look for in those logs? They're pretty long.

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 01:52 AM

This one is probably the most important to you: Setuperr.log

I haven't seen any recently (the one on my system is empty) - but I'd presume that they're in sequence. So, I'd start looking for the first error that appeared and then we can work from there (presumably the first error caused the most, if not all of the subsequent errors).

Maybe you could copy and paste a few of the suspect errors so we'd have some more info?
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