Solved HDD light stays lit while stuck on boot screen

May 23, 2012 at 23:14:15
Specs: Windows XP
ok guys, my computer is stuck on boot screen and my HDD remains lit up. once it finally passes past the boot screen (20 minutes later) it freezes on a black screen which should be the welcome screen. well, it disables my mouse as well. my mouse is a USB optical.

i have removed every bit of hardware from my pc and also tested multiple jumper settings on my hard drive and on my dvd drives. still nothing. i dont have a windows cd.

if i go to access my "safe mode with cmd prmpt" it does the same thing to my mouse.
i get the option to log in as admin or under mine. but i cant get to either one because not only does it kill my mouse, it freezes my keyboard. my processor is good, i tested it on the computer i am using right now. the hard drive is good, i tested it. and i don't think it would be the RAM that's an issue. I'm stuck. usually i can troubleshoot a situation on my own but this one has me stumped. please help!!


thanks!


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✔ Best Answer
May 24, 2012 at 14:39:10
Make sure when you reinstall, you delete ALL partitions & format to NTFS.
D to Delete the selected partition ( XP )
http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/...

Here are some examples of why you delete all partitions.
http://forums.spybot.info/showthrea...
http://forums.whatthetech.com/index...
http://blog.eset.com/2011/10/18/tdl...
"This is what we are up against, malware has installed an infected hidden partition within your Master Boot Record and set that partition as active so everytime you boot up your system it boots from the infected partition and the malware is activated."
World's stealthiest rootkit gets a makeover
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/1...
Rootkit Bounces Back …with a vengeance
http://www.techsupportforum.com/381...



#1
May 24, 2012 at 03:17:07
After the Windows Logo displays or after you log on to Windows, a Windows XP-based computer may only display the wallpaper, a black screen, or a blue screen
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318027

Or,

Go back to a good restore point using System Restore.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System...
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tut...


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#2
May 24, 2012 at 03:22:11
unable to. but i think i know what the problem is. after i ran chkdsk i got multiple dynamic error codes indicating that my hard drive is dying. looks like i will be getting a new hard drive plus putting out the money for an XP disk. thank you for your reply though. much obliged.

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#3
May 24, 2012 at 03:30:16
"after i ran chkdsk i got multiple"

I always like to clean the HD with the right tools before I throw it away.

Do you have a boot disk ( CD or floppy )?

Do you have an operating system on CD or thumb drive?


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#4
May 24, 2012 at 03:34:35
unfortunately no i do not. the last boot cd i had was stolen by my brother whom lives in another state and claims he can not find my disk.

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#5
May 24, 2012 at 03:37:40
i will hold on to this hard drive until i can acquire a new Windows CD and then i will be able to do as needed.

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#6
May 24, 2012 at 03:45:06
If you can slave the HDD to another comp, have a look for i386 ( about 500mb ) that is the XP operating system.

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#7
May 24, 2012 at 03:51:37
ok i will give that a try. what exactly will i be looking for when doing so?

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#8
May 24, 2012 at 04:03:15
Do a search for i386 ( about 500mb )

Make sure you can see the hidden files & folders.

How to see hidden files in Windows
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tut...


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#9
May 24, 2012 at 04:05:12
oh okay cool. thank you very much.

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#10
May 24, 2012 at 04:12:59
Ok, YW. Get back to this post, if you find i386 & we shall go from there.

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#11
May 24, 2012 at 13:16:45
ok, i hooked the drive up to my other computer but it just canceled out my primary. my primary is a SATA and the one i am trying to look at is IDE. no matter where i place the jumper on the IDE it over powers my SATA drive.

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#12
May 24, 2012 at 13:22:55
"IDE it over powers my SATA drive"

IDE should be on Master.

Go into the bios & change the boot order to have the Sata boot 1st.


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#13
May 24, 2012 at 13:25:43
ok i will give that a try in a few minutes.

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#14
May 24, 2012 at 13:40:25
ok it worked. i have 6 i386 folders

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#15
May 24, 2012 at 13:44:48
they read as followed:

i386 F:\WINDOWS\Driver Cache
i386 F:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles
i386 F:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\ServicePackCache
i386 F:\WINDOWS\system32\ReinstallBackups\0000\DriverFiles
i386 F:\WINDOWS\system32\ReinstallBackups\0001\DriverFiles
i386 F:\WINDOWS\system32\ReinstallBackups\0002\DriverFiles


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#16
May 24, 2012 at 13:47:39
"ok it worked. i have 6 i386 folders"

Yep, this is the 3rd time, the only folder that is of any value is about 500mb.

Do you have it?


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#17
May 24, 2012 at 13:55:19
i have one that is 410MB and one that is 113MB

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#18
May 24, 2012 at 14:06:03
"i have one that is 410MB"

Does it have a Setup file in it?


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#19
May 24, 2012 at 14:09:00
set up and setup50

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#20
May 24, 2012 at 14:19:20
"set up and setup50"

Ok, you do have what is needed.

Do you want to repair the drive or just copy all your important stuff ( including emails & address book ) onto some other media & then do a clean XP install.

In the meantime copy i386 onto the comp that the drive is slaved to & a flash drive.


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#21
May 24, 2012 at 14:27:16
i think i will just do a fresh install. i found someone who has a windows xp disk that i can use. i copied the i386 file to my computer anyway

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#22
May 24, 2012 at 14:39:10
✔ Best Answer
Make sure when you reinstall, you delete ALL partitions & format to NTFS.
D to Delete the selected partition ( XP )
http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/...

Here are some examples of why you delete all partitions.
http://forums.spybot.info/showthrea...
http://forums.whatthetech.com/index...
http://blog.eset.com/2011/10/18/tdl...
"This is what we are up against, malware has installed an infected hidden partition within your Master Boot Record and set that partition as active so everytime you boot up your system it boots from the infected partition and the malware is activated."
World's stealthiest rootkit gets a makeover
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/1...
Rootkit Bounces Back …with a vengeance
http://www.techsupportforum.com/381...


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#23
May 24, 2012 at 14:41:40
yeah, i always delete partitions. thank you for your help. very much appreciated.

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#24
May 24, 2012 at 14:44:09
YW, Good luck with the install.

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#25
May 24, 2012 at 14:48:54
thank you

[SOLVED]


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#26
May 24, 2012 at 16:19:38
If needed.

Installing Windows XP From the i386 Folder or Flash Drive Tutorial
http://frenchge.hubpages.com/hub/In...

WinToFlash
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://wintoflash.com/home/en/
Easiest way to install Windows with a USB flash drive
http://liliputing.com/2009/08/easie...


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#27
May 24, 2012 at 16:45:23
If you happen to come back, select a response and mark it as "Best Answer". That will also mark this post as solved.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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