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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Teevo, Jan 17, 2013.

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  1. Teevo

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    Afternoon all. I came home from work today and while playing World of Warcraft, my pc froze. So i restarted as usual, but this time i didnt get past the bios boot screen. It seemed to stop after saying "PXE-E61 Media test failure, check cable." So i thought it was a fluke ocurrence being that ive never seen that message in the past 4.5 yrs that ive had this computer. So i restarted it again, same thing. So i turned it off, opened her up, and checked the cables. Nothing seemed noticeably wrong so i closed her up and turned her back on.

    This time i got past the boot screen with no issues, but now its just staying at the windows loading screen. Doesnt do anything else. I am able to get into windows using safe mode if that means anything.

    Any ideas or suggestions guys? I apologize for not being able to post my specs but im posting this via my phone.

    Im using Windows XP (SP3)

    If theres a way to do something in safe mode with using the internet, let me know and ill post whatever you need. I await further instruction, and ty in advance.
     
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    Change that. Tried going into safe mode again, all i got was a black screen with the safe mode title, then got a blue screen about a minute later.
     
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    I just cleaned it out thoroughly, as well as reseated my ram to see if one of them died on me. No changes, still stuck on windows loading screen.

    Obviously it could be a plethera of possibilities, but is there any signs that would lean one way or the other? Motherboard gone bad? Power supply? Video card? Those are my first thoughts.
     
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    Did some more reading. From comparing other peoples experiences, it sounds like 1 of 3 possibilities: a driver wont load and ill need to figure out which one it is and disable it, the motherboard is corrupt and needs fixed, or the motherboard is bad and needs replaced. Gonna see what else i can find while i wait for a response.
     
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    Ok, things to note:

    - I tried going into safe mode with command prompt; it let me, so i typed chkdsk /f but it said it couldnt use it because it was being used by another process, and then asked if i wanted it to check this device after the next reboot, i said yes and restarted; no luck
    - I can get into regular safe mode under the admin user, but as soon as i tried clicking something it froze
    - if i try going into safe mode under my user profile, the screen is black and all i see is the header and "safe mode" in each corner
     
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    Ok, got out my xp disk and chose repair. From there i typed the chkdsk command, and it said 'the volume appears to be in good condition and was not checked.' I dont really want to try other things because i dont want to accidentally lose my files. I know you are all busy and will get to me when you can, i just figured the more info i can share, the better chances are of us finding a solution or source of the problem.
     
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    Not sure how to check the boot order once im in my bios. Ill try to read up on how to do this..
     
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    On the screen that shows the boot [start up] order.
    You use the arrow keys to move the hard drive to the top of the list.
    Save changes and Exit - F10 will usually do that.
    Make no other changes while in the bios.

    The screen will look something like this.
    You want the hard drive set first in the list.
    http://techpaul.wordpress.com/2007/08/03/how-to-boot-from-a-cd/
     
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    First boot device is [removable], second is cdrom, third is hard disk, boot other device is enabled.
     
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    Ok it says Hard disk boot priority: [press enter] When i hit enter, it takes me to a screen with two options:

    1. Ch6 M. : ST3500320AS
    2. Bootable Add-in cards

    Do i select the first one?
     
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    Move the hard drive to first in the list - save changes and exit the Bios.
     
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    Ch6 M. : ST3500320AS
     
  14. Teevo

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    If you want that one in the #1 spot, it already is.
     
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    Or are you wanting me to change the "First boot device: [Removable]" to have that show as the hard drive?
     
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