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dking63

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I have a Windows XP Pro SP3/Windows 7 Ultimate dual boot on my PC, but it will not boot into XP. It will not even boot to an XP installation disk, although it boots fine from any other boot disk.

Any ideas?
 

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If it boots from other bootable disks and not your xp disk, I would tend to think the disk is damaged. If it boots dvd disks and not CDs then the CD laser in the drive has failed.
 

dking63

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(deleted by morderator) The drive only has one laser (deleted by moderator) I have already eliminated the possibility of a failing drive (tested with [reference to a disk that includes copyrighted software deleted by mod] and a clean S.M.A.R.T. Drive status) and tested the XP disk on another computer.

At the OS select screen, it freezes up when I hit enter OR let the timer run out. In other words, the moment it tries to boot into Windows XP. The XP disk freezes up on the "Inspecting hardware screen". I found if I hit F8, then select "Start Windows Normally", it works fine, but it still will not boot up without going through the F8 process.

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dking63, I think that a person with truly "Advanced" experience would not reference a disk known to include copyright material for which the supplier does not have permission, and especially would have learned that help is more likely to be offered to those who do not insult people who are only trying to help.

Perhaps I am being too lenient and will be over-ruled, but I do not think that your post is at a level to deserve an infraction. But I certainly refrain from offering any help to anybody who makes such remarks.
 
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dking63,

I've edited your post #4 and warn you to moderate the tone of your postings in future.

Thank you.
 

dking63

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Please allow me to offer apologies for my attitude. Was a rough day and I had absolutely no excuse or justification for bringing it here. The software I used to test my hard drive was HDD Scan 2.8
 

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I accept your apology.

When you try to boot the XP installation CD how far do you get? Get the "hit any key to boot from CD"? Starts to read files but dies? Etc.?

I'm assuming that your post # 4 paragraph about "At the OS select screen ..." is when trying to boot from hard drive, selecting XP from the dual boot menu. Yes?
 

dking63

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I actually have 3 OS's. Windows 7 Ultimate and 2 XP installs all on separate partitions of a 1 TB HDD: one for general use and another optimized for gaming. After I choose between Windows 7 or an older operating system, I get to the screen where I choose the general or gaming set-up. The instant I hit enter (or let the timer run out) it freezes up

From the install disk, it freezes when it starts inspecting the system
 

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OK, I don't pretend to know much hardware so I'm just gonna throw this out and you can ignore it, laugh, or run with it. :) This is the only thing I can think of that would be common to all three (two installs and the CD).

XP has some issues with SATA drives. Is it possible that something happened--maybe a IDE/SATA or some such setting in the BIOS was changed by goblins--and now XP can't deal with the drive properly?
 

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Thank you TerryNet, that advice did the trick. After messing around with my BIOS settings and losing my drives :eek:, I reset the BIOS to default config and everything was aces (y)
 
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