Having a bit of a boot problem... 5 replies

Please wait...

Fortune

something to believe.

50 XP

19th February 2005

0 Uploads

7,750 Posts

0 Threads

#1 9 years ago

So, my computer decided to have a seizure about 2 days ago, I don't know quite how it happened, but it refuses to boot up properly. The computer would simply repeat the same process of booting, getting a glimpse of a BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH for a fraction of a second and then repeating the process with an error screen of "Last Known Configuration that worked" and what-not.

So naturally none of the options would work, and so I go to the desperate measure of trying to reinstall Windows (XP, not Vista) from scratch. The problem with this plan of desperation is that every CD I've tried to put in there, it either simply ignores or it just generally won't work.

I've tried two CD's with Service Pack installed, one with Service Pack 1 and one with Service Pack 3, and it just flat-out didn't seem to acknowledge their existence, it just skipped on past them and tried to boot using the hard-drive/removable dev.

So I went into BIOS and set it to only boot from the CD, and then it gave me some sort of error message for them.

The other CD I tried was just straight Windows XP, with no bells or whistles and that one it recognized, the problem is that when it asks you to "Press Any Key To Continue" the keyboard has a momentary lapse of working, any key you press on it has no impact; Caps Lock doesn't turn the caps-lock light on... etc. etc.

I'm just not sure what to do from this point, so I'm wondering if anyone who actually has any knowledge on this subject would care to lend me some aid, here.

Thankyou in advance from teh Minne. ;)




jjz-

Software Engineer

50 XP

16th October 2008

0 Uploads

511 Posts

0 Threads

#2 9 years ago

Well, at first I thought that you might have had some type of issue on the OS level; however, from what you have said, this is a hardware issue. Very possibly a RAM issue, since it seems like you cannot get the xp install program to load into memory. How many sticks of ram do you have? If you have more than one, try taking one out and booting with only the other one. Repeat this process for both sticks.




Fortune

something to believe.

50 XP

19th February 2005

0 Uploads

7,750 Posts

0 Threads

#3 9 years ago
jjz-;4646018Well, at first I thought that you might have had some type of issue on the OS level; however, from what you have said, this is a hardware issue. Very possibly a RAM issue, since it seems like you cannot get the xp install program to load into memory. How many sticks of ram do you have? If you have more than one, try taking one out and booting with only the other one. Repeat this process for both sticks.

I've got two sticks of RAM, and I tried them both alone on my computer and had the same problem both times.

I'm afraid that isn't the solution to my problem.




kow_ciller

Gettin' hardware chilly

50 XP

16th June 2004

0 Uploads

5,787 Posts

0 Threads

#4 9 years ago

Im thinking its either your cd/dvd drive or your motherboard has a bad SATA or IDE controller




jjz-

Software Engineer

50 XP

16th October 2008

0 Uploads

511 Posts

0 Threads

#5 9 years ago

The IDE/SATA controller problem is a possibility since driver errors could cause a crash. I doubt it is a bad cd/dvd drive because that alone should not cause a system crash.




Fortune

something to believe.

50 XP

19th February 2005

0 Uploads

7,750 Posts

0 Threads

#6 9 years ago

Solved the problem by putting another CD drive in and installing with another disc.

Thanks for the responses, anyway. ;)