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Dell 4400 stalls on starting, installing.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by gotrootdude, Dec 7, 2006.

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  1. gotrootdude

    gotrootdude Thread Starter

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    Haven't had a problem I couldn't fix in awhile. :eek: Anyway, I got a Dimension 4400 to fix.

    When booting windows it stalls at "starting windows" in both regular and safe mode. First thing I did was boot to the recovery console and ran a chkdsk /p. That didn't fix it. I figured it was stalling on a device driver initiallization. So I attempted to boot the winxp CD and force a hardware redetection using a repair install. The machine ran the installer up until the hardware detection phase, and stalls "setup will complete in approx 39 min" for hours. So, I pulled all the cards in the machine, then unplugged all the drives except the hard drive and the DVDRW I'm booting the CD with.

    It still hangs. I guess the last thing to do is to throw in the towel, and reformat the drive. But, that may not fix the problem either. :(

    Is there anything else to try before being force to try a reformat?

    Also, why do people always bring me the hard stuff to fix?
     
  2. Triple6

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    Check this out: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
    May help you to boot up but you may find that you've lost a lot of settings or some things won't function.

    Do you have a second drive to do a clean install on without reformatting?

    I assume you've tested the hard drive and memory?
     
  3. gotrootdude

    gotrootdude Thread Starter

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    Already tried a previous copy of the registry that worked, but it failed to fix the problem.

    There's no problems with the hard drive or the memory. It may be a onboard controller causing the problem, in which case, it's probably the best route to replace the whole board.

    I'll do a secondary install. At least it'll tell me if a clean install still stalls at hardware detection. If it does, I guess the board is toast since there's nothing left to disconnect.
     
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