blue screen flashes during boot-up

August 25, 2007 at 09:38:26
Specs: XP Pro, Athlon 64 FX-X2 2GB DDR2

i just got my newly built PC up and running, but whenever i go to boot it up it gets to the XP loading screen. It will either stay on the loading screen for a few seconds or it will reboot as soon as it gets to the loading screen depending on which HDD i boot from. Before it reboots it will quickly flash a blue screen for a split second then it will reboot and go through this process again.


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August 25, 2007 at 11:54:09

I'm assuming that you are trying to use hard drives from an earlier system. You will probably have to do a repair install using the MS XP install CD.

You will also probably have to re-activate.

By the way, it is not a good idea to swap OS hard drives around for troubleshooting.

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August 25, 2007 at 12:05:19

well one of them is a brand new 320GB SeaGate SATA and the other is from an old PC. I installed XP Pro on the new one and did a repair on the old one, but for some reason the new one still isn't working.

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August 25, 2007 at 12:28:49

are you using one HD as master and the other as slave?

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August 25, 2007 at 13:41:11

If you installed XP on each drive when they were the C: drive, you cannot use either one as a D: drive. If you did that and want both of them to be bootable you will need to have them both connected and then reinstall XP on the second (D:) drive.

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August 25, 2007 at 16:45:23

Well, at first i just had the new blank drive in the computer and i installing XP Pro SP2 and it installed perfectly fine with no problems. But after it rebooted when the installation was completed it got to the black XP logo loading screen for a second or two. Then it was flash the blue screen for a split second and reboots. I've seen countless blue screens of death in my day but it doesn't look like any of them from what i can see. And when i brought the old HDD over it did the exact same thing.


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August 25, 2007 at 18:19:07

Try safe mode. If it works you can turn off automatic restart and see the error message.

Otherwise strip the system down to only the essentials and maybe try another install. Do not have any USB/Firewire devices connected.

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August 25, 2007 at 18:49:28

when i try booting it in safe mode it doesnt make any difference. the only thing i have attached to the MoBo right now are the essentials like video card, CPU/Fan, and the essentials.

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August 25, 2007 at 19:00:55

If it was me, I would run a memory test for a couple of hours, at least. Any failures at all are not acceptable. If you have more than one RAM stick, you could try one alone.

Another thing to try is downloading a diagnostic from the hard drive manufacturer's web site. I would suggest doing a complete scan of the drive. It will take hours on a 320gb drive. I know the old drive does the same thing, but ...

If you have access to another optical drive, it would be something to try.

Check for other suggestions that might be posted.

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August 25, 2007 at 19:04:58

what's a good memory test i could run?

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August 25, 2007 at 20:38:35

Sorry about that. I forgot to include it.
There is a version to create a bootable floppy diskette and/or an ISO for creating a CD.

Or do a search for Docmem.

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August 26, 2007 at 14:45:35

when i put put the disk in the drive it wouldnt read it

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