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Homer Gonerson

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22nd December 2003

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#1 12 years ago

ok. so i finally upgraded my computer (horray! Athlon 64 3500+ and Radeon x850XT) and all is going well, until it asks how i want to start windows (Safe Mode, Safe Mode w/ Networking, Safe Mode w/ Command Prompt, Last Known Good Configuration, or Start Windows Normally) when I go to Start Windows Normally, it freezes. when i go to the safe modes, it starts listing a bunch of files, then freezes. When i go to last know good configuration, it restarts then goes back, then if i do it again, it freezes. grr, please help, i've been waiting to get my comp running for 2 weeks now




Pyroshane

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16th December 2004

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#2 12 years ago

The only time I ever had a similar problem it was because windows was corrupted beyond use due to a failing hard drive. Hopefully this is not the case for you!

If you have an extra hard drive laying around, try installing windows on it and see if you can access any of the files on the hard drive that is locking up with windows (or use a live linux disk if you have one of them).

The windows disk also has the option to repair damaged windows installs if I remember correctly, so you might wana see if that works as well.




Homer Gonerson

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#3 12 years ago

so i threw in my sisters hdd, and it's a no-go. still, same thing. i put my hdd back in, and set it to boot to the winxp install disc, and it goes through all the stuff, until it gets to the part where it says at the bottom "please wait while windows installer starts" or something like that, and it never changes. could it by my new hardware? i certainly hope not, cost about $500 altogether.only thing that i haven't changed in it this year is my psu/case, sound card, and cd drives.




Huffardo

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#4 12 years ago

Did you format your hdd yet? You will of course need some way of getting that far if you aren't able to do it now, a linux install disc usually has worked for me. This kind of problem happened to me several times a few years ago, but I don't think any hardware was bad, it was some really poor drivers that usually caused it if I remember correctly, and general windows problems.




Homer Gonerson

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#5 12 years ago

U'm using the same hard drive i had with my older parts. I had a fully functional computer 2 weeks ago. I ordered new parts, and it hasn't worked like the charm I expected it to since.




Huffardo

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#6 12 years ago

Yes, but have you tried formatting and reinstalling? I know that it is the rude way of doing it, but it is both fast and efficient. You can save your data first by sticking your hd into another computer as a second drive, and copying the data to another drive.

It could of course be the hd not working, and then there isn't much to do. I just never have had trouble with hds since a 540MB Seagate got a couple of bad sectors in the late 90s due to being mailed, so I don't know about that.




Homer Gonerson

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#7 12 years ago

Problem, I can't get another hdd to boot up either. I can't get shit to work. I think it's some driver problem with the mobo, do you think a BIOS upgrade would work?

$500 of your father's money for a birthday present going down the drain = not a great feeling




Kozmo

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#8 12 years ago

It could very well be a bios issue. Many times upgrading to a new processor from an older one will involve a bios flash. Cehck the web site for your mobo. They should have info on the current and previous bios releases and what problems they fixed.




lk9865

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3rd December 2005

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#9 12 years ago

make sure you are powering the motherboard properly.




kewlman

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#10 12 years ago

double check your bios configuration.. and if there is a new bios upgrade do it and see what happens.