insufficient system resources to complete the

March 3, 2011 at 03:30:32
Specs: Windows XP
when I switch on my computer it goes through post and starts to load windows but then states "insufficient system resources to complete the API"and will remain in this loop each time I switch on. I cannot start in "Safe Mode" it just ignores my normal keyboard entry "DEL" I had warnings before this that HHD space was low how can I solve this even if I have to reformat my hard disk and start again. I have the original winxp disk

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March 3, 2011 at 04:44:19
"even if I have to reformat my hard disk and start again"
Put your XP CD in the drive & reboot. Do a new install, by deleting all the partitions & formatting to NTFS.

Make sure you install SP3.

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March 3, 2011 at 10:39:36
If Del is the normal method of entering the BIOS and it isn't working that may be caused by using a USB keyboard. If your system has a purple PS/2 port then connect a PS/2 keyboard.

This assumes you have a desktop computer.

A full hard drive should not prevent you from booting into the BIOS screens. Either you are waiting too long to tap the Del key, or you need to use a PS/2 keyboard.

If you have personal files that you want to preserve then I suggest you buy an additional internal compatible hard drive and install it. Then install WinXP to that hard drive. You should then be able tow work with the original hard drive to recover needed files.

Seems as though you must need more storage space anyway.

Post the brand and full model or motherboard model for help with a compatible hard drive.

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March 3, 2011 at 16:23:15
"when I switch on my computer it goes through post and starts to load windows"

While the above is happening, start tapping the F8 key in an attempt to get into Safe Mode. Your post seems to suggest that the "Del" key is your usual way to access Safe Mode. This is not the case. As pointed out in a previous reply, the "Del" key is more than likely used to access the BIOS.

If you can manage to boot into Safe Mode, it may indicate that the problem could be a result of a corrupted device driver, or some other software (which includes basically anything that's been coded by a programmer, e.g. viruses) that is set to run when Windows boots up. This can include instant messengers, firewalls, anti-virus, and an abundance of useless garbage that software companies insist must start with the OS (Quicktime is one such offender).

As alluded to above, older motherboards don't support USB devices outside of Windows (or whatever OS you use). In other words, USB keyboards are not functional until Windows has loaded the USB drivers. Newer motherboards should have onboard support for USB.

If we had more information about your system, we could be more specific with the steps we'd take to diagnose the problem. Without at least a motherboard make/model, we can only give generalized suggestions, some of which might not be appropriate to your system.

If you can open the case, the motherboard should have its model number printed on it. This shouldn't be necessary if it's a name brand computer (HP, Compaq, etc). For a name brand machine look on the outside of the case for a model number (we can determine the motherboard from that).

Do you know if the BIOS is set to boot from CD/DVD before the hard drive? If you can't access the BIOS (even after using a PS/2 keyboard), you won't be able to change the boot order. That means not being able to install Windows, should you manage to format the drive (without the ability to boot from CD/DVD, formatting would require removing the drive). It also prevents you being able to use bootable diagnostics disks, such as Memtest (to diagnose possible memory problems) or hard drive diagnostics tools. If you have a purple PS/2 port at the back of the machine, beg, steal or borrow a PS/2 keyboard and confirm that the BIOS can be accessed.

If you can boot from CD/DVD, there are a number of bootable diagnostics disks available (some Linux-based, some DOS), that can diagnose the various hardware components for faults/damage (Linux-based disks should give you access to the data on the hard drive, for purposes of backing-up). Memtest can be downloaded in the form of a bootable disk image (which can be burned on another computer). Seagate hard drive diagnostics works for most hard drives, and can be downloaded as a bootable image file. These bootable diagnostics may not be needed, providing you can boot into Safe Mode (with the F8 key).

If you have no luck solving this beforehand, post back with the computers make/model, or motherboard make/model. Either of these items is the very least system information we need to know.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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March 4, 2011 at 04:31:47
sorry this is my first post ever and I got it wrong. I can get into the BIOS by pressing DEL so I can alter the boot sequence to what ever is required. What I cant do is enter safe mode by pressing F5.F8 Ctrl. Or boot from CD by pressing any key when asked I suppose this is because i have a Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse?.I'll try to get another keyboard!!. My Mother board is micro star MS654 hard drive is Maxtor 6E040l0 NAR61590 40 gb DVD drive ASUS DRW-2014L1 the above is a desk top with win XP I also have spare hard drives but only about 4gb 2 No. not connected but can connect. The computer I am Using for this post is a laptop with Vista connected to the desktop by wireless network. so I can read my Email. I also have an external 500Gb hard drive. What I did was change the boot sequence to boot DVD drive first disconnected the HDD and it booted up the windows disk, But when I tried to load it It said there was no HDD so being fairly new to computers I switched it off. I hope this gives you enough info. to help some one not to experienced ( If I had taken notice of the warnings and move some space over to the external. I would not be in this mess) Thanks

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March 4, 2011 at 04:40:01
If you disconnected the hard drive when booting to the Windows disk where did you expect to install Windows? You need to have the DVD drive AND the hard drive both connected.

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March 4, 2011 at 14:24:28
You can connect the HDD, and once you've acquired a PS/2 keyboard download one of the Linux live CD's. There are a number of free ones around (Ubuntu, Knoppix, etc).

Boot from the Linux CD (with your external drive connected) and you'll be able to access the hard drives for the purpose of moving some of the clutter. Linux can read NTFS partitions and has support for USB devices, so that'll get you started on freeing up some disk space.

Of course, you won't need the Linux live disk if changing the keyboard allows you into Safe Mode. You'll be able to do everything you need from Safe Mode.

It's a time-consuming process to talk someone through what's got to be done (due to people being in different time zones), but I'm willing to stick around to help.

It'd probably help to know how much RAM is installed, and which service packs (SP1, SP2 or SP3).

As soon as you can access the hard drive (either from Safe Mode or a Linux disk), go to the C:\ drive and check the size of the file called hiberfil.sys. The more RAM installed, the bigger this file can get. You can disable the hibernate function (Control Panel>Power Options>Hibernate tab), and when you reboot the hiberfil.sys file should be deleted. If it doesn't get deleted (after a reboot) you'll be able to delete it manually (but not while ever hibernate is enabled). Depending how big it's become, that step should free up a substantial chunk of your disk space.

That's probably about all you'll need to get the computer to boot normally, but there are a few things that can be done to streamline the system and keep it fairly lean. While ever you keep this thread alive, I'll talk you through those tasks (or at least give you links to websites with instructions).

You'll be surprised at the speed/performance boost you'll get from a few simple tweaks. Also, by doing the tweaks yourself (with instructions), you'll be learning something that could potentially save you the cost of taking the machine to a tech.

Post back as soon as you swap the keyboard.

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March 10, 2011 at 15:57:30
sorry I did not get back before? I borrowed a mates keyboard and as soon as I plugged it in and booted up with the windows OS disk, it worked. (I must have pressed a key when asked to boot from disk) So to make sure, I did a clean install and have been loading 5 years of STUFF since. All works OK but I have lost my Email although it is still on my laptop which is connected to my house network. The thing is I have forgotten how I originally set this up, so I have to do some research on how to reconfigure my desk top to use the network and then copy my Email from my laptop?. any suggestions ? Thanks for all your help before

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March 10, 2011 at 16:38:42
"so I have to do some research on how"

Are you using wireless?

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March 10, 2011 at 20:08:18
Sorry, I don't use wireless, so I can't help. You'll get the answers you need in the "Networking" forum.

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