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XP Boot Problems

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ajr123, Sep 24, 2008.

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  1. ajr123

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    Hi,

    I had a virus before so I ran a fresh install of xp pro.
    It goes through just fine until I do my first boot up and then it gets past my little xp loading bar then the screen just sits at a black screen until i finally shut it off.

    It will boot fine in Safe Mode.

    I have tried it with three different CD's but all have the same effect.

    Please Help Me!

    From, Alex
     
  2. jrbuergel

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    This issue is most likely to be related to a device driver, such as your video display driver not yet installed on your fresh re-install. So open up the Device Manager, look for any warning type symbols, and try to update the main drivers to correct and newer versions. Just go to the system properties (right click my computer), and click the hardware tab. If you have a separate ATI or NVIDIA video card go to their web site to download a driver.
     
  3. ajr123

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    OK i did that. I just installed the driver but it is still not working.
     
  4. jrbuergel

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    When your booted into the safe mode, what shows in the Device Manager for your other devices, any problem symbols?
     
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    Those other devices shown with that yellow symbol can either be uninstalled or try to update the driver if you still use that specific device. If your system RAM memory is only 256 mb, as shown in your PC specs, you really need to add at least 256 MB more RAM. XP works best with 512 MB or more memory. Also try to re-seat your memory module firmly, and you could run a memory test tool too, such as this one here; http://www.simmtester.com/page/products/doc/docinfo.asp
     
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    So thats the reason i can't boot except for in safe mode???
     
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    It is really hard to know what is your issue's root cause. The best way to find out is to boot to a diagnostic rescue type CD, and run some hardware tests. You can also try to boot to the Safe Mode with networking, (so you can connect online), and then run a virus scan from a web site; http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ , and or if you have a Internet Security program such as Norton, you can try to run a malware scan in Safe Mode. In that Advanced Options Menu with safe mode is one called; "Last Known Good Configuration", which is a good one to try. XP has a system file checker tool which can be run from either a command prompt, or from your start menu, cick on run, then just type in this; sfc /scannow , and it may ask for your XP CD to copy any needed system files found either missing or corrupt. And here are some sites; http://labmice.techtarget.com/windowsxp/TroubleshootingXP/default.htm , and look here; http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ ,(which is a text mode rescue disk), and this one takes some work; http://ubcd4win.com/index.htm
     
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