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XP won't boot past splash screen

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by carysb7478, Dec 15, 2011.

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  1. carysb7478

    carysb7478 Thread Starter

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    My rig was running fine until I go to plug in my phone into one of the frontside USB ports to charge. The computer instantly turned off, and since then it will not boot past the black XP splash screen with the moving bar at the bottom. I was able to successfully boot into safe mode after pressing F5 before the splash screen comes up, so I was able to pull off some crucial files.

    Any suggestions on how to get this fixed or what is causing this? FYI, this is a custom built rig with a core2duo, 4gb ram, Gigabyte mobo. It's about 3 years old and I've never had problems until now. I've done some hardware unplugging/troubleshooting, so I'm more inclined to think this is a software issue.

    I've also tried this, from another forums thread several years ago, but it did not work for me:

    Run the Recovery Console and press R. When at the command prompt type:
    chkdsk /r
    This will check and fix any errors. Reboot after its done. It problem still exists, run Recovery Console again and this time type:
    fixmbr
    If it says you have a non-standard or bad master boot record then select yes and run it.

    and also this:
    First off, boot your computer from your Windows XP restore cd/OS cd, when the menu comes up hit the R key to get to the recovery prompt.
    The prompt should start off at C:\Windows. Type cd system32. The prompt should now read C:\Windows\system32
    Type: copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe
    Reboot

    I do have the XP cdrom but I want to try any other options before I have to wipe and start over. I'd rather not have to install all my programs (yes I know I should have backed up better). Thanks for any help/suggestions you may have!

    edit: Also, what I mean by it won't get past the splash screen is, it sits on the splash screen for maybe 15 seconds with the bar moving, then the screen goes black. The computer is still on and there is occasionally some HD action, but nothinig comes on the screen.
     
  2. Parr_72

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    When you attemped the repair with the XP CD did you try to fix the boot sector? FIXBOOT

    Sometimes the first part of the boot sector gets corrupted and repairing it can get you back running. The only thing you won't know is if there was other damage inflicted somewhere else. Don't forget to backup your data regularily -- if you value it anyway.
     
  3. carysb7478

    carysb7478 Thread Starter

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    I did not try FIXBOOT, but I was able to select a different option from the F5 menu. I believe it was something along the lines of "revert back to the last version that worked"

    This seemed to fix whatever was wrong. Thanks for the reply
     
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