My Dell Latitude D505 laptop is not booting. In normal mode, the Windows XP startup screen displays, and then goes blank and hangs indefinitely. In safe mode, it lists drivers up to agpCPQ.sys, and hangs. The next driver to load would have been ACPI.
("Did not load driver Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) PC")
I do not have the XP startup/installation disc(s), so I've taken this opportunity to finally learn as much as I can about Windows (Mac/Linux guy). In my frustration I may have taken a couple of steps to worsen the situation. Here's what I've done so far:
Believing it a video problem, I tried to install the most recent graphics drivers, R111509.EXE and then, when that failed, R78792.EXE, which both hang with the message "Installing version...," but when I try a second time, it complains that they're already installed.
I restored the registry from a backup that I had made, to no avail, and then restored the registry from a backup from when system was first installed, which also flopped.
Booted from XP recovery console CD and ran chkdsk mixing and matching various flags, ran fixboot, ran fixmbr, tried different boot.ini configurations.
Booted from Hiren's boot cd and ran rootkit removal tools and other malware/spyware tools with latest updates.
I upgraded to the most recent BIOS.
once i got a BSOD reading:
STOP: 0X0000007B (0xF78C6528,0xC0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000)
I held the fn key and booted without the battery, performing Dell's pre-boot diagnostic. Everything passed.
Reset the CMOS battery.
The last thing I'd done (before the problem arose) was uninstall Windows Defender using iObit Uninstaller software. Perhaps a lousy idea, but I'd read you can uninstall it and use whatever other program(s) for antivirus/firewall, which I'd already been using.
I'm out of ideas.
Oh -- one more: Is it ok that (what I think is) the boot partition is in FAT format? I think that's what I'm seeing (copied below):
57232 MB Disk 0 at Id0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]
-: Partition1 [FAT] 47 MB < 39 MB free>
C: Partition2 [NTFS] 57159 MB < 36603 MB free>
Is there an easy way to change that without formating the partition? Or would that even be necessary or worhtwhile (or safe, eeee-VUHN)?
Anyway, I think I've exhausted my imagination as to what the problem could be, and turn to the internet for guidance. Lacking the original XP install/startup discs, I was driven to try every other solution I could find. After dozens or hundreds of Google searches, much learning and much frustration, I throw in the towel and humbly enquire: what to do?
Edited by eamoc, 08 March 2014 - 04:56 PM.