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XP splash screen loads forever; Safe mode gives BSOD

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by markabowman, Sep 28, 2009.

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  1. markabowman

    markabowman Thread Starter

    Sep 28, 2009
    I have a dell Inspiron 9100 (Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz) desktop running Windows XP SP3 only. I have one fixed 160GB Hard Drive. I have not changed any settings/ installed/removed any programs recently. My last shut down was normal.
    When i started up the pc i got as far as the xp splash screen which i believe it would have stayed on indefinitely. The scroll bar was still scrolling. So I attempted restart and tried again and the same problem occurred. I then attempted to start in safe mode were the BSOD occurred at what appeared to be the end of the driver loading. I got the message unmountable_boot_volume with the error code 0x000000ED (0X869C45CO, 0XC00000BS, 0X00000000, 0X00000000)
    The first thing i did was dissemble my pc, unplug/replug all the insides, remove all dust and i even reinserted the drive battery. I tried restarting again and the same issue.
    I then went on to google the issue to read what felt like hundreds of similar but never the same issue.

    As i usually use my tv as a monitor i thought this could be the issue. So i put in an ordinary monitor and took out all my usb peripherals. Same issue again.
    At the stage i thought i would post for help. Not wanting to seem like a newbie i went through all the steps that i did before so i could get the exact error messages to post when i noticed that when i retried safe mode it stopped at a certain point during the driver loading and along the bottom of the screen PRESS ESC TO CANCEL LOADING SPTD.SYS... I Hadn’t noticed this before so i hit escape and safe mode loaded successfully. Then i got a message saying that my new hardware had been installed successfully and that i had to reboot.

    I rebooted successfully. I thought fluke?? And then i restarted again... reboot successful! – it seems my problem is solved. So just a tip to anyone out there who reads this: working through and recording your issues for a second time may just be your answer :)

    Hope this helps someone else sometime with the same issue
  2. Mumbodog


    Oct 3, 2007
    Remove your daemon tools program, restart and see if the problem goes away.
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