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Vista won't start - startup repair no help


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#1 BigLou99

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 01:14 PM

System is Dell XPS 410 - approx 5 yrs old; Vista Home (not sure on service packs)
background:
* system would not display anything (no POST, nothing) during power-off boot
* replace motherboard, CPU and power supply with like Dell parts - no help
* replaced video card - different vendor - system now has video
* bootup shows Startup Repair; windows will not start if Normal starup is selected
* Startup Repair reports: cannot repair this computer automatically and indicates Bad Patch in the Problem Signature 05 & 06
* other information shows "a patch is prevening the system from starting"
* have run the startup repair several times
* chkdsk (no options) does not show any problems
* using F8 - system will not boot to Safe Mode

Previous help from this forum has been fantastic - I know you guys can help solve this.
Many thanks in advance

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:12 AM

What steps did you take to reinstall Vista on the new hard drive?

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:14 PM

The hard drive was not replaced - it is the original. I can get to a command prompt and see my files.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:16 PM

When a user installs a new motherboard...Windows sees that as a new computer system. The drivers and settings required for a new motherboard do not match up with those of the old board, unless the two are exactly the same model.

Moving a hard drive to a different system...the prevention of such is inherently made problematical by the way Windows works.

The only sure way to overcome this situation...is a clean install of the O/S, complete with installation of the correct drivers for the new motherboard.

Although there are exceptions...what you experience is pretty much what I would expect.

FWIW: Changing a Motherboard or Moving Hard Drive - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

The system for restoring to factory defaults...will not solve the problem, since it will automatically load the drivers/settings that relate to the original motherbhoard.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:33 PM

The motherboard looks to be an exact replacement - both are Dell from the same model machine.
As the original motherboard is probably not defective (video card was the problem), I will put it back to see if that solves the problem.
Give me a day or so to check this out please.
Thanks for your prompt responses.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 05:19 AM

:thumbup2: , no hurry, someone will be monitoring :).

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