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Freezing XP Pro boot screen

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by crashed4u, Sep 19, 2008.

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  1. crashed4u

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    Heys guys and gals! Hope you can help me with this prob I have. I have a friends PC that I am trying to repair. I have very limited history on it other than it was a custom build, and it has been in a closet for 3years....and now I see why. ANyways....I try to boot it up, i get the CMOS Checksum error - defaults loaded..so I hit the F1 to continue..XP Pro tries to load with sliding green bar.....it makes first swipe then stops halway..all froze up...have to do hard boot.And that is it makes it that far. SOmetimes, after about 40 secs from powering the tower on, the monitor shuts off, but tower is still active. Hard boot again. To help stop the monitor prob, I threw in a old ATI vid card I had.....prob somewhat cured...though temporarily. I have tried to boot a live cd, but the damn thing wont stay on long enough. Heres the spec for tower. 2.3 Ghz proc, 256 RAM(PC-3200), 40gig IDE HD, Foxxconn MB,XP Pro (Fresh Install) No external devices other than PS/2 KB and mouse, Internals are DVD writer, CD-rom, 7 count card reader. Hope this helps anybody willing to help!:confused: Please help!!:eek:
     
  2. johnebadbak

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    try first a new motherboard battery as the machine is in a closet for 3 years and how long ago was it manufactured...

    then enter the bios and reset default settings scan for the hdd check & correct the date time settings if needed.

    try boot into safe mode check all device manager settings.
     
  3. crashed4u

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    I swapped out the battery...same prob. I did notice that it do's not do the initial boot beep now......the tower just turns on...but monitor is not active...its just sits there in sleep mode. After a few hard boots, it will finally kick on...maybe. I checked all cables for connection, and for damage. All in good shape. I just dont understand how I can install XP Pro on it.....and it restarts...probs allover again. I know its hardware based......but dang it. I did get more history on Tower though.His kids were on it....with broadband....and limewire...and no Firewall...and no anti-vi....lol
     
  4. johnebadbak

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    the ram 256 is not enough for xp to perform 512 you should have installed.The hdd may be infested with virus and other nasties as no firewall or v/scanner installed.You can lift out the memory chip and reseat it in the slot.
    did you try safe mode? to get the machine to start...
     
  5. johnebadbak

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    pull all internal cards run with memory only and video card.
     
  6. crashed4u

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    I tried another stick of RAM, but it is PC-2100....and MB didnt like it...so put original stick back in. I figured a format and clean install would wipe out everything bad. I tried safe mode, I tried enabling VGA mode also...optimized BIOS setting...fail/safe bios settings...I even put in a diff HD...although smaller by 20 gigs...monitor will not respond. I did find what I think is a date code...06-04. It is by the Patent pending and what not on the back of MB
     
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    if the mother board has on board video it may be necessary to disable it in the bios if you have a video card installed.some boards, cut out the on board graphics if a card is installed agp type i guess you installed.you may need drivers for the video card install those in safe mode if you can get the machine to boot if no go, then its clean off and start a fresh..on a blank hdd.make C drive 20gig and the balance extended partition make this partition after you have windows operating..on C drive..
     
  9. crashed4u

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    I put in a ATI AGP vid card, but that was after I did a fresh install...but did not install no drivers for it...but will get video from it more often than onboard. I am starting to lean towards plan d for this box.....strip out what lil is good in it.....and start fresh with all new.....and sledge fix the rest. Thanx for the help though buddy! If I find out what the deal is, I will post it!!
    Mitch
     
  10. johnebadbak

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    if the mother board has on board video it may be necessary to disable it in the bios if you have a video card installed.some boards, cut out the on board graphics if a card is installed agp type i guess you installed.you may need drivers for the video card install those in safe mode if you can get the machine to boot if no go, then its clean off and start a fresh..on a blank hdd.make C drive 20gig and the balance extended partition make this partition after you have windows operating..on C drive..
     
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