Invalid boot.ini - booting from C:\ windows

Ibm Thinkcenter
October 3, 2009 at 22:46:32
Specs: Windows XP Pro
IBM ThinkCentre Model MT-M 8187

Hi All,

Your help would be greatly appreciated in solving the following problems:

1. The invalid boot.ini message appears and
the PC fails to start. The message about
Windows shutting down incorrectly appears
about a minute later.
If Safe Mode or any other option is selected it
takes about half an hour for various messages
to appear and then Windows begins to boot.
In Safe Mode, which takes about another 15
minutes to load, this error appears:
Application failed to initialize properly
0xc0000006 and the PC restarts at the same
speed as above when OK is selected.

When the Start Up Interrupt mode is invoked
by pressing Enter when the unit is switched
on, selecting F2 allows one into the setup
utility.
Pressing F12 is supposed to allow one to
change the temporary start up device but
beeps are heard whenever F12 is depressed
and it is not possible to start up from the
Windows CD.

2. Windows was updated to Service Pack 3.
Will the original Windows XP Pro CD still
function and if not how does one enter the recovery console.

Thank you for your help.

pw60


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#1
October 4, 2009 at 02:40:16
... boot off the xp cd to "Recovery Console" (< follow steps 1-6)

... once there in command prompt @ C:\Windows

... if no admin password set [press enter]

... (type):

CD\ [press enter]

... then (type):

type boot.ini [press enter]

... which will display the content of boot.ini to screen please post the content here ......thx

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#2
October 4, 2009 at 04:09:14
Part of the problem is that I cannot boot off the XP CD - when I
press F12 in the "start up interrupt mode" I receive a beep and I
cannot change the temporary boot up device setting to boot up
from the CD.

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#3
October 4, 2009 at 08:42:21
... can you identify the beep code sequence from here? (< click)


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#4
October 4, 2009 at 21:40:29
Scenario 1:
If the the PC is turned on and Enter key is not depressed the
PC does not beep after the POST, it diplays the message:
"Invalid boot.ini
booting from C:\ windows"
and then shows the screen that allows one to select Safe
Mode, etc. and follows the pattern as detailed in item 1 in the
original post.

Scenario 2:
If the Enter key is pressed as soon as the PC is powered up
the Start Interrupt Menu is displayed with following options:
ESC to resume normal setup
F1 to enter the IBM BIOS setup utility
F12 to choose a temporary startup device

Pressing the ESC Key or the F1 key results in the functions
that are listed.
When the F12 is pressed, however, a beep is heard each time
that F12 is pressed and the list of options that will allow me to
select the CD ROM as the startup device is not displayed.
The Start Interrupt Menu remains on screen.


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#5
October 4, 2009 at 23:09:33
... how old is this model?

... what I really mean is when was the cmos battery replaced last? ... (watch type battery controls bios settings)

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#6
October 5, 2009 at 00:52:18
cmos battery was replaced 9 months ago.

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#7
October 5, 2009 at 05:09:32
... tap <F1> enter the IBM BIOS setup utility

... alter booting sequence to boot from cdrom first.... save setting on exit of bios

... maybe this will bypass the <F12> option prompt (?)

... boot off xp cd

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#8
October 6, 2009 at 01:34:35
Sorry, but the IBM Thinkcentre does not allow one to change the
boot sequence via the BIOS Utility Setup - only via the F12 key.

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#9
October 6, 2009 at 05:05:15
... have you tried "safe mode with command prompt"

... if it does manage to please post boot.ini content (Response Number 1 command prompt)


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