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Thread: XP boot up problems




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    Ok my friend has a newish comp, which worked gr8 when he first got it (its an Athlon XP :D) but now it fails to boot. It asks for a boot up disk, but he doesn't have so he tried his CD, hes changed the bios settings so that it will look in CD drive for a boot cd but still nothing, its tried to load XP but these symbols displayed SĒ (the board dont display them properly)> Will gettin a boot disk (floppy) from somewhere let the comp boot or is his comp totally screwed?

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    I'm his friend, Its really annoying cant do anything with the computer all i can get into is the BIOs settings.
    My computer is/was
    Athlon XP 1700+
    512mb DDR ram
    GeForce 2 mx400
    80Gb hdd (dont know manufacturer etc)
    can anyone help me?
    :cry: :cry: :cry:

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    Do you remeber what the last thing you were doing when this problem happend? Does your Bios detect you harddrive when you power up?

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    The last thing i was doing was downloading norton antvirus 2002, yes the bios detects my hard drive and all the other hard ware CD rom DVD rom etc

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    Are you dual booting are anything special? I would try to boot the xp boot disk's and chose the "Repair" feature. If you need the Boot disk's ( I think there is 4 or 5) just email me and I'll look for them.

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    i dunno what dual booting means but at a guess it means booting with 2 hard drives, so the answer is no ive just got one hard drive, and ive already got the XP boot up program i just need to make a set.

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    sorry i forgot to log in

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    ok, just make the set ...make sure you change the bios back to boot from the a:/ first.... After it all loads it will have an option to install Xp or to repair it.....do the repair option...I think if you choose the install option it will erase all your files...I maybe be wrong but I THINK It happend to me awhile back. Maybe someone can quote me on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    i dunno what dual booting means but at a guess it means booting with 2 hard drives, so the answer is no ive just got one hard drive, and ive already got the XP boot up program i just need to make a set.
    Dual booting is when you have two operating systems installed (say Windows XP and Win 98SE) on a system. Windows XP will give you a menu asking which OS you wish to start.
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    I hate to say something so simple, but have you actually hit a key when it attempts to boot from CD? Most BIOSes I have worked with will look for a CD, but ask you to a hit a key to boot from it. If you are getting the black screen with the XP logo on it, your comp is fine, the key is getting into the recovery console. Occasionally with XP and ATA 100 drives writing errors can occur and I have found that running FIXBOOT and CHKDSK in the recovery console fix everything. You may run CHKDSK and find that it does not want to scan your disk, in which case you would type CHKDSK /P which forces a scan.

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