Problem Starting Windows XP

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Hi I have a windows XP desktop 1.6Ghz pentium 3, When i boot the computer it gets to the part where the windows XP logo comes up with the bar going from side to side, it goes round twice-three times and just freezes and it dosent do nothing, ive tried to restore it with the restore cd's that came with the computer, but it does some of it and just freezes. Ive also tried to boot from an operating system CD to reformat the drive and it starts to load up all the drivers, kernel etc and gets to starting windows and freezes. If some one would be able to help me out it would be Gr8. THANKS

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I would bet you have bad RAM. If you have more than one chip, try removing one of them at a time to see if it will boot. If so, you know which one is bad.

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  • 123456798
    You didnt mention if you do some upgrading in your pc, they usually start from there.
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  • Geistman
    Have you tried to boot into Safe Mode and, if yes, did the computer boot successfully? Also, to test whether the RAM is bad, you could download Memtest-86 (on another computer) and either create a bootable floppy or burn a bootable CD, then boot your problem computer with the disk to run the memory diagnostic, which will determine whether you have bad RAM.
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  • DDekreon
    Almost certainly bad video drivers. After the side-to-side (which is standard vga mode) Wxp switches to the drivers specified for the video card. Start in Safe Mode, reset the video to super vga (800x600) and download/install the correct drivers.
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  • Imacrider
    Hi There, Can you provide more detail on your motherboard and your graphic card (nvidia?) ALso boot into safe mode then check the event viewer in control panel > Administrative tools > Event viewer or you can right on my Computer > select Manage > See Event Viewer for Systems error ...please provide the error code and category. Hear from you soon.
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  • Jwinsor566
    I would agree with trying to boot into safe mode/vga mode and changing the video settings. If that doesnt work then you possibly can try using the diagnostic tools on the Ultimate Boot Disk to see if any of your hardware is bad. The Ultimate Boot Disk is free and has Memtest on it also along with hard drive tests and alot of other fun stuff. Its free to google it and you'll find mirrors to download from. Goodluck bro
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  • Mousejn
    I have also had a bad hard drive cause simalar problems. Try Spin Rite from www.grc.com
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  • Dary08817
    I don't think you have a hard drive hardware problem here. It's more likely that your PC is choking on one or more software drivers when it tries to load them during boot up. Try booting up under SAFE mofe with step by step logging enabled. When the offending driver is encountered, the system will choke and stop. Note which file chokes the boot, then remove it using the RECOVERY option on the XP CD. Another issue might be the memory boards installed on the motherboard. If you can replace them with known good SDRAMs, do it. If not you can run an easy test to see if any of them are defective. Go to this MicroSoft website to download the WINDOWS MEMORY DIAGNOSTIC program: http://oca.microsoft.com/en/mtinst.exe It's free and you can run it in DOS mode BEFORE your windows system chokes up. Best of luck!
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