Windows will load on 1 box but not on another

July 20, 2011 at 12:17:36
Specs: Windows xp pro, AMD 2GHZ/2Gigs
I am having an issue with a computer I haven't been able to use in a while due to a faulty power supply. I've installed a new power supply and everything boots fine but it gets stuck on the windows load screen (the windows XP load screen with the blue cylinder shaped object scrolling through).

I had been accessing the hard drive with another old computer i had just sitting around (the hard drive works and windows will load just fine on this system)

What could the problem be? Why would it load fine on one system but not load on another? Is it a motherboard issue? BiOs?

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July 20, 2011 at 13:43:36
See what others think but I'm wondering if the CMOS battery has faded away and lost settings.

You might be able to prove something by loading a Live Linux CD (such as Puppy). That would confirm that the mobo and PSU are OK. You could also check to see if the C drive files are visible.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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July 20, 2011 at 15:52:46
If you are using a SATA type hard drive then you need to supply the SATA controller drivers. There are two methods. Post back.

Are you using a full version disk or a OEM restore disk?

Are you trying to boot to a hard drive that came out of another computer without re-installing Windows?

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July 20, 2011 at 15:52:57
Is there a way i can test the battery? How would I be able to tell if the C Drive Files are visible?

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July 20, 2011 at 16:01:32
Firstly can you supply the answers to #2 thx.

I assumed that the HD was being returned to the computer where it was originally fitted - is that right?

Best to simply replace the battery if necessary (they are cheap). Easy if it is the coin sized variety, not so good if soldered in.

What I meant about seeing the files was to download Puppy Linux Live CD then create it using "burn an image" (feature in most burner software). You then set the BIOS to see the CD first, pop the CD in the drive and wait for Linux to load. This has a facility to look into the HD (usually your Windows C drive - icon at the bottom in Puppy Linux).

Linux Live CD's run between the RAM and CD so when you close down and remove the CD, Windows will be back to normal. Newer versions of Puppy sometimes put a file and folder on the C drive for data storage (see screen durning startup) - these can be removed later if not required.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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July 20, 2011 at 17:02:16
I am indeed using a SATA drive. Not familiar at all with the term SATA controller. The other big issue is that I have misplaced my Windows disk. ( So I may be completely out of luck here.) This is the system in which I installed windows onto the hard drive.

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