Can't boot into XP past splash screen

August 17, 2011 at 10:59:47
Specs: Windows XP, Core2duo 6600/2x2GB Corsair
The short version is that Windows XP will not boot past the splash screen. Thinking this was a hard drive problem, I reformatted and tried another hard drive and the problem persists. So on 2 newly reformatted hard drives, I cannot boot XP past the splash screen, though I can boot into safe mode just fine.

motherboard: NF650-iSLIT-A
cpu: Core 2 Duo 6600 @ 2.4 GHz
hard drives: 1 TB and 320 GB Seagate Barracudas
ram: 2 x 2GB Corsair XMS DDR2
GPU: 8800 GTS

So I don't think it's the hard drives since I can access both of them via safe mode. I've tried starting up the machine with one of the sticks of memory removed and then the other. I've also run memtest86 with no problems, so I don't think it's the memory either. I'm not sure what else to do to diagnose the problem. Can anyone help?


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#1
August 17, 2011 at 13:45:42
Can you boot to safe mode?

Poor quality hard drive cables or even loose cables could cause it. Bios setting set too fast could also. Set to failsafe or default settings to try install again.

In some cases, it could be that the motherboard has failed.


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#2
August 17, 2011 at 14:00:06
Yes I can boot into safe mode =/

If it were the cables or if the motherboard has failed... then I shouldn't be able to boot into safe mode right? So I wouldn't think that is the issue.


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#3
August 17, 2011 at 19:00:09
Not true.

Fail safe usually sets many things to not load but also sets timings to slow.

Thing to check maybe sfc.exe ./scannow or restore point or start with checkdisk or may have to run repair from booted xp cd.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#4
August 19, 2011 at 12:35:46
Well, I tried system restore before I reformatted the hard drive and it didn't do anything. I've also done a repair from the xp cd and chkdsk /r and fixmbr and those commands didn't do anything either.

So I tried running "sfc /scannow" but that gives me an error. Specifically that the RPC server is unavailable. I checked and the service is started. From googling around it appears you cannot run sfc in safe mode and I cannot boot up in normal mode. I can't run this from the recovery console either because it says command not found.

Also my bios doesn't have a fail-safe mode. I can "load performance defaults" or "load optimized defaults", but neither of these options change my problem.


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#5
August 19, 2011 at 13:43:24
Run memtest and hard drive diaqs.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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