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XP boot failure stumper

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Nill Toulme, Jul 24, 2006.

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  1. Nill Toulme

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    Help, please. I have an XP SP2 system that suddenly won't boot. It completes POST but doesn't make it to any part of of the Win boot process; it freezes with nothing but a blinking _ cursor in upper left.

    I have a ghost clone of this drive. When I booted the clone (by physically swapping the drives) it came up pretty much normally, except for an info box informing that my new device has been installed but requires a reboot. If I do reboot, then I'm back to nothing but the blinking cursor again.

    Inspired by some vague recollection, I tried cloning the non-booting drive again, and sure enough, again the clone will boot — once. I can repeat this process at will, limited only by the hour and a half it takes ghost to make the clone.

    Trouble is, I'm not aware of any new device being installed on the system, and as far as I can make out nothing in the system logs reveals anything along those lines.

    Any ideas on how I can break this gordian knot and restore this system to health short of a fresh install?

    Remotely possible clue (or more likely red herring): The first time this happened (I think), my son's ipod was connected to it only for recharging; itunes is not installed on the system. I have tried the reboot both with and without the ipod connected without success. I have not tried installing itunes, because I can't find the CD.

    TIA for any help or suggestions.

    Nill
     
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    Nill Toulme Thread Starter

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    Thanks. I might be making progress though — either by having saved a hardware profile or by blundering around in DCOM, whatever that is. One way or the other, it *seems* to be working...

    Nill
     
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    Good on ya . . (y)
     
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