Boot failure: system halted

March 25, 2009 at 13:47:22
Specs: Windows XP

Hi,
my pc is showing this message.
Bios can detect hard drives.
When i try to install windows again, i can delete and format new partitions, format the one i want to install windows to, copy files, but when pc restarts to continue the instalation of windows it just shows BOOT FAILURE: SYSTEM HALTED..

Can anyone help me pls?
Thanks in advance.


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#1
March 25, 2009 at 14:43:34

Sounds like you have the boot order set wrong in the BIOS. You need to set the CD before the hard drive. You are trying to boot to a hard drie that has no OS installed so it is going to fail.

Watch for a message to hit any key to boot from the CD. When you see that message hit the spacebar to boot to your WinXP CD.


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#2
March 25, 2009 at 14:55:14

Tell us the make and model of the brand name system,
or the make and model of the mboard.

If you have a floppy drive, eject any floppy disk in it.

Most mboards with SATA headers have some SATA headers you can connect a drive to that a drive partition or bootable CD CAN be booted from, and some SATA headers you can connect a drive to that a drive partition or bootable CD CANNOT be booted from. They may be the same color or two different colors.
If the hard drive you are installing Windows on is SATA connected, it must beconnected to a SATA header a drive partition CAN be booted from - see your mboard or owner's manual.
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"...i can delete and format new partitions, format the one i want to install windows to, copy files..."

If the first stage of Windows Setup completes successfully, the next time it boots it is bootable.

The first stage of Setup MUST get to the point where it says "Rebooting in 15 seconds" or similar - if it didn't get that far something went wrong, not all the files were copied, and the hard drive may not be bootable the next time it boots..
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If you got all the way to the end of Setup but haven't said so...........

I know from experience that if you install Windows by booting from the Windows CD, Setup will complete successfuly even if the hard drive boot order is wrong, but when Setup is finished and boots the computer the last time, THEN you get the message BOOT FAILURE: SYSTEM HALTED or similar if the boot order in the bios Setup is wrong.

If you have more than one hard drive, one bootable, one or more not, the one with the partition you have installed Windows on must be listed first in the mboard's bios Setup - there is either a list of hard drives near the boot order settings, or more than hard drive is listed in the boot order settings


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#3
March 25, 2009 at 15:27:02

Btw, this is a pentium4 1.9 GHz (the 1st that was sold), with an intel mainboard.

I dont have any other hard drive, have 2 dvd's drives. And it is NOT a boot order problem.

But as i told, all the process from windows installation was ok, i even got to the point when it says that system will boot in 15secs to restart. It restarts and when thats when i get the message BOOT FAILURE, when it tryies to start from hard drive.


I did had to re set the date and time. But since after reboot that info was kept i discarded this option. I even reseted all the bios info and re-setup all again.

Is it CMOS battery problem?

And thanks for the attention :)

PS: I'm a computer techician, but never seen this prob lol


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#4
March 26, 2009 at 09:18:20

"...I'm a computer techician...."

In that case, why is your information not clear enough?

It should be no problem for you to .....

"Tell us the make and model of the brand name system,
or the make and model of the mboard."
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"....this is a pentium4 1.9 GHz (the 1st that was sold), with an intel mainboard."

So it's an older mboard.
I can only guess from that on thissystem you may have a floppy drive, and you probably don't have SATA headers on the mboard, or any SATA drives.
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"...i even got to the point when it says that system will boot in 15secs to restart. It restarts and when thats when i get the message BOOT FAILURE,..."

So - it only got through the first stage of Setup?
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" I did had to re set the date and time......"

"Is it CMOS battery problem?"

If you didn't clear the cmos or flash the bios, which would set the bios settings to defaults including the date and time, obviously the cmos battery is too weak or dead, or the battery is upside down, or it has a poor connection in it's socket, or a contact is bent and it isn't touching the battery. Coin shaped cmos batteries typically last about 5 years - if that's never been changed it's probably too weak or dead.

Usually the cmos will retain settings once you set them when the battery is having a problem as long as the computer is still running, but it's possible it loses some settings but not others when you reboot. You're going to need to replace the cmos battery anyway if it's too weak or dead, so you might as well try doing that.
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What was the reason you were re-installing Windows?

A defective hard drive could cause your problem.
Did you check the hard drive with the drive manufacturer's diagnostics?
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Since this is an older mboard, it's quite possible you have the bad capacitor problem.

This was the original bad capacitor problem - has some example pictures.
History of why the exploding capacitors and which mboard makers were affected:
http://members.datafast.net.au/~dft...

What to look for, mboard symptoms, example pictures:
http://www.badcaps.net/pages.php?vid=5
Home page that site
- what the problem is caused by
- he says there are STILL bad capacitors on more recent mboards.
http://www.badcaps.net/
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Did you by any chance change the ram from what was installed in this mboard before when it was working fine?

If so, did you test the ram with a memory diagnostic program after you installed it?



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