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Solved: Please Help!! Windows on continual boot loop!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by shayabusa, Sep 4, 2008.

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  1. shayabusa

    shayabusa Thread Starter

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    Hi, just built a system, details of hardware below.
    Has been working fine for 3 days but it took a while to shutdown 2 days ago so I shut down with power switch.
    It now refuses to boot up. Goes through all usual till the 'start windows normally', run in safe mode' etc. The cursor will not move via any key on keyboard (although can use keyboard to access bios features) so I have no option other than to wait till 30 second timer countdown and it tries to start windows norally. After the 30 second countdown, the Windows splash screen appears half illuminated and it goes back to boot up again. Have tried to boot from CD (Windows disc) via Bios setting but the process continues as usual not allowing boot from disc.
    Have swapped Sata cables for new ones on DVD and HDD, tried to run windows setup with a brand new HDD but get BSOD after 2 minutes saying virus or HDD problem?
    Have tried swapping memory modules, removed graphics card and wifi card, nothing works!
    Any suggestions very welcome!! Thanks.

    Asrock Twin 1600 1333 MB
    Core Duo E8400
    2 x 2GB Kingston 800mhz RAM
    4850 ATI Graphics card
    730w Hiper PSU
    Samsung SATA 2 F1 320GB HDD
    Samsung SATA DVD
    ALL HARDWARE AT DEFAULT SETTINGS, NO OVERCLOCK AND BIOS AT DEFAULT.
     
  2. ~Candy~

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    Hi and welcome. Is the bios set to boot from the cd/dvd drive first?
     
  3. shayabusa

    shayabusa Thread Starter

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    Yes Ive set the bios to boot from dvd drive. I have now successfully got windows to load the setup files, but as soon as it says that windows is loading I get a BSOD with exception code 0x0000007b.
     
  4. shayabusa

    shayabusa Thread Starter

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    Sorry, forgot to mention, I'm using XP.
     
  5. ~Candy~

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    Do you have more than one ram chip? If so, pull one out.
     
  6. shayabusa

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    Yes, tried that as well. 2 chips, tried them one at a time with no difference, do you think the MOBO could be at fault?
     
  7. ~Candy~

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    Could be. Also could be a faulty power supply. I'd take it out of the case and do my testing that way.
     
  8. shayabusa

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    Thanks for the help. It was the mothwerboard at fault. New mobo fitted and working fine. Thanks again.
     
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    You're welcome. I'll go ahead and mark this solved :)
     
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