Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:16 AM
Recently we upgraded one of our computers. We swapped out the motherboard, cpu, and the memory. Everything else; Hard drive, power supply, video card, etc, were left intact. The computer did not have problems, it was just under-powered. First start-up was smoothish. It logged right into Windows XP but the mouse and keyboard were not responding. Reset the computer and went to BIOS and keyboard responded just fine. Rebooted and before any Windows screen appeared it went to error <windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe file missing or corrupt. Rebooted from Windows XP CD and went to Recovery Console. Ran chkdsk /r while researching the ntoskrnl.exe. When Check disk finished I performed the solution: expand e:\i386\ntoskrnl.ex_ . Said yes and then rebooted. Upon this restart the computer then said "Windows could not start because an error in the software. Please report problem as: Load needed Dlls for kernel." Again researched, booted from Windows CD and went to install XP and repair. Repair finished, restarted and Windows loading screen finally appeared again but as soon as it finished it flashed a Blue Screen and rebooted into a Boot Loop. Blue Screen flashed too fast for me to catch any codes. At this point I'm trying to avoid reformatting for the last resort. Thank you for any help you can provide.