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Windows XP won't start because of Driver

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by computerpain, Oct 15, 2003.

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  1. computerpain

    computerpain Thread Starter

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    Howdy,
    I installed the latest ALi Integrated driver onto my system. However, when windows would start (I was at desktop with the startup Items starting up) the activity light on my computer would go nuts, and seem not to do anything. Then minutes later the rest of the startup files would startup. So I decided to use system restore. System restore failed and now when I startup windows xp it restarts as soon as the ali agp driver is initialized. How can I do a selective startup of windows from DOS?

    Maybe its not really dos anymore. I go to the windows startup menu using F8 during the CPU startup and none of the options seem to start windows correctly. I just need to get in there and fix the driver situation. Safemode does not work.

    Thanks,
    Computerpain
     
  2. mobo

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    try safe mode (f8) and uninstall the driver you previously installed.
     
  3. computerpain

    computerpain Thread Starter

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    safemode does not work. None of the current options work. I remember starting up and selecting which drivers I wanted to run. Maybe it is done Norton come to think of it.
     
  4. IMM

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    You could try clipping the drive to PIO mode 4 in the bios and removing any UDMA settings from it. It's slow - but any driver should handle it.

    Perhaps you could (assuming fat32) use a dos boot disk and rename the offending driver file so it can't be found on the boot.

    Fix it from a CD boot ?
     
  5. computerpain

    computerpain Thread Starter

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    Well... I tried to my a floppy boot disk that would boot to a dos prompt and provide access to my hard drive. Didn't work. So, I booted to a win xp disk (which provided me access to my windows directory on my harddrive) and went to the repair console. I ran chkdsk on the hard drive. It still would not load windows. I attempted repairing my current installation of win xp to no avail. So, I then used the repair console to delete all instances of Ali drivers in my system32\drivers\ folder. It still would not load.

    After many attempts at each, I finally decided on installing a new copy of windows in a second windows directory. At least I have access to my hard drive and I can backup everything. Now I have to format my HD, creating 2 partitions... leaving one with enough space to act as a scratch disk. Install operating system and viola... a working computer again.

    It just sucks that installing the latest integrated driver from ali caused the trouble. I installed the recomended drivers... clicked ok that the one driver was not windows certified :)-) sp?) and then my system would boot super slow after initializing windows. So I hit system restore to previous point and then the computer went capoot.

    Thanks for following my on going computer adventures,
    Computerpain
     
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