Windows XP never boots -

Microsoft Windows xp professional sp3 (o...
October 19, 2010 at 07:00:33
Specs: Windows XP, 333 MHz / 512 MB
I am helping someone solve a boot problem. When the machine is boot up it goes through memory check fine, the windows splash screen comes up that says windows is with the progress bar moving and it will run that way forever. I have take the HD out and with Encase gotten all critical data off the drive and put it back in to just rebuild. However, when I try to boot from the install CD that came with the machine (Dell Dimension 2400) it loads the drivers and code it needs and then gives the "Windows starting" message and it just sits there forever as well. I am totally confused and am wondering if anyone else has run into this problem and would have some advice.

Also, I can get into the BIOS and make changes if I had to so that isn't a problem and the BIOS is the latest, and only version, put out by Dell.

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October 19, 2010 at 07:28:50
Have you tried running memtest to see if the ram is ok?
Have you taken out all the PCI cards to see if that makes a difference?
Faulty Power supplies also do strange things when not running up to voltage.

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October 19, 2010 at 09:39:34
Most common reasons.
Hard drive
Or bad caps (capacitors)

Bad ribbon cable
extension molex plug.....they are famous for bad connections

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