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Session3 Initialization Failed

January 25, 2009 at 06:25:08
Specs: WinXP Pro SP2, 1.6GB/512DDR2

Hello,

My windows won't boot.
"Session3_Initialization_Failed".

I have recently had a problem with my windows. I can restart in "safe mode". But cannot re-start in "safe mode with networking."

I decided to re-install windows. I enter my windows xp disk and boot from it.

A message appears, "press any key to boot from CD".

Another message appears saying setup is checking my system.

I get an option to reinstall, so when I click enter. I get a message saying it "could not detect any hard disks".

I tried this again. "Click any key to boot from CD". Setup tell me it checking my system. And now it just seems to hang and nothing happens.

I can't even get the options to reinstall.

Any anyone have any solution to this problem.

Many thanks,



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#1
January 25, 2009 at 07:14:39

If you can restart in safe mode, does that mean you can run WINDOWS in safe mode? If not, it sound like your hard drive has crashed/gone bad.

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#2
January 25, 2009 at 07:38:00

Does your computer have a Sata drive or IDE? If Sata, you'll need to download the Sata drivers, then when prompted at the beginning of the setup process, press F6 to install the drivers.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#3
January 25, 2009 at 08:12:11

Hello,

Yes, I can run windows in safe mode. I can
browse my directories and folders ok. So I
think it is safe to say that my hard disk
is ok. My notebook is only 2 years old. I
have never had a problem until now.

My hard disk is a sata.

However, I can't press F6 as because I
don't get that far as the computer seems to
hang for a long time. After I click 'boot
from CD'. I waited about 10 minutes and
nothing happened. So I can never reach the
options to reinstall.

Many thanks for your help,


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#4
January 25, 2009 at 09:24:25

steve1_rm wrote ...

I have recently had a problem with my windows and I decided to re-install windows

Care to elaborate on what problem you were having?

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#5
January 25, 2009 at 10:05:55

My windows won't boot.
"Session3_Initialization_Failed".

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#6
January 25, 2009 at 12:04:52

Are you using the HP software to reinstall, or a Microsoft install CD?

The HP software should work, but a MS install CD will probably not because it doesn't have drivers for the SATA hard drive.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#7
January 26, 2009 at 06:19:04

"A message appears, "press any key to boot from CD".

Another message appears saying setup is checking my system.

I get an option to reinstall, so when I click enter. I get a message saying it "could not detect any hard disks"."

So you are getting that far? Before that message where you Enter to reinstall, you should see the "Press F6...."

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#8
January 26, 2009 at 18:07:28

Hello,

"A message appears, "press any key to boot from CD".

Another message appears saying setup is checking my system.

I then press 'F6'. After about 5 minutes I get some messages saying:

"Setup could not determine the type or more mass storage devices......"

* Specify additional SCSI adapters...

* If you do not have any device support disk....

So I press 'enter' for the second option. After about 2 minutes I get the following message:

"Setup did not find any hard disks drives installed in your computer....".

I have also gone into the BIOS and run a diagnostic. I did a both a quick and comprehensive test. Both passed.

I have also ensured that SATA is enabled.

Any other suggestions would be most grateful,

Thanks,


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#9
January 28, 2009 at 19:46:23

Hello,

I am just wondering if anyone has any more suggestions this. Before I completely re-format my hard drive.

Many thanks,



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