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Xp Does Not Boot (on 1st Try)


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#1 Lucasmemorial

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 02:45 PM

Hi, ive been given help by the staff and found that there was no malicious programs on my computer but my computer still fails to go to the windows xp loading screen and often stops at the manufacturers screen.

For a better explination of my problem look here,
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/87591/windows-xp-does-not-boot/
and
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/88111/xp-does-not-boot/
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Posted 11 April 2007 - 12:25 AM

I would try testing the hard drive and the RAM.

To test the hard drive use HDDScan.

To test the RAM use Memtest86.
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Posted 11 April 2007 - 06:11 AM

I ran the hd test but it found no bads. Which one do i download for the memtest?

Also when my computer does actually load it says "Press any key for optional ROM messege" very briefly, if this helps.

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 06:14 AM

Down load this one from the Free Downloads page.

Download - Memtest86 v3.3 ISO image (zip)

Burn the iso to a CD and use that CD to boot your computer.
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Posted 24 April 2007 - 10:56 AM

Still not starting on first go, takes numerous retries.

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 11:17 AM

Did you set your First Boot Device to CD-ROM ?

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 12:12 AM

Are there any errors in the Event Viewer?
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Posted 25 April 2007 - 07:30 AM

Press any key for optional ROM message is a standard screen message on HP/Compaq PCs during startup. It is possible that the power supply is starting to fail and you need to reboot for it to fully supply enough power to complete booting.
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Posted 28 April 2007 - 03:55 PM

Do i burn BOOT.CAT and MEMTEST.IMG to CD then and use this everytime i start my computer up?

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 06:51 AM

I think you may have downloaded the wrong file. Download the file from this link: http://www.memtest86.com/download/memtest86-3.3.iso.zip

Extract the file inside the ZIP archive to your desktop (right-click, Extract all)

Use this free tool to burn the ISO file to a CD:
http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/v2.htm

Then boot from the CD to check your memory.
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Posted 07 May 2007 - 05:48 AM

My computer only occasionally fails to load and i still haven't had time to burn the ISO to CD. I have installed the isorecorder above and downloaded the iso file but when i try to burn it to cd using the tool it says no media present and that my cd drive is an unsupported drive type. Like i said earlier i think this problem is the same one i had some time ago and it appears to fix itself as its now only every other time i use my computer, it fails, but will boot on the next restart, so its not as annoying as it initially was. Still, i would like to know why it did this and im sure others would to. Thanks.

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 06:47 AM

I've occasionally had problems with the ISORecorder powertoy - so here's another couple of choices (all free):

http://www.ntfs.com/iso-burning.htm
http://www.cdburnerxp.se/
http://www.deepburner.com/
http://www.burnatonce.com/
http://www.imgburn.com/

And a nice resource for other burners: http://iso.snoekonline.com/iso.htm
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Posted 11 May 2007 - 09:26 AM

Thanks, it still says to enter a blank CD when i already have so i think my problem lies here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/91832/cd-drive-error/




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