|So I posted this on another website but no fix yet. Here's the original thread:|
Hi, as you can gather from the title, I am having trouble booting up Windows XP. I was browsing Facebook and followed a link to a band's myspace account, and then the screen suddenly went black and the computer rebooted (without turning off). This has happened (seemingly randomly) in the past but I thought little of it.
The computer was then booting up as normal, it got to the blinking underscore thing that it normally shows (after showing the usual boot up info), the screen went all black (this normally happens IIRC) and then it just freezes black. Not responding to anything.
I looked in the BIOS and it seems to be finding all the hardware, if I press F8 I can change the boot priority. My brother put some diagnostic tools on a USB drive and ran a few HDD, RAM and CPU tests; no errors. We used this or a Windows XP disc (on USB) to access the safe mode selection screen, but this does nothing to change what happens with the boot error.
We also tried using the windows xp repair tool thing, it hangs on the blue screen setup part and then BSODs when esc is pressed, so as far as I can tell we have no access to the command line.
E6750 Dual Core 2.66 GHz
Samsung 500GB HDD (not sure which model)
I'm currently using and posting this thread with the puppylinux flash USB Operating System on the same computer, it's the only way I can get it to do anything.
I'm guessing the boot sector is messed up on the Hard Drive, and I'll probably be ordering a new HD to come on wednesday. Sorry about the wall of text I'm just trying to provide as much information as possible.
Thanks for any help, and if you need any more info just ask.
UPDATES: I tried using only single bits of RAM on their own, running Samsung HDD diag tools, etc, but nothing has worked so far. I even purchased a Samsung 1TB F3 hard drive and hooked it up this morning, hasn't changed the error.
Can anybody offer any insight? Thanks.