Solved No Windows XP Loading screen, black screen after Acer splash

August 21, 2012 at 14:21:37
Specs: Windows XP Professional 32-bit, AMD Sempron 2600+ 1.8GHz S754 | 1024MB DDR-400
Hey everyone,

I was recently creating a new partition on my laptop's HDD for a second operating system, and upon restarting my machine after configuring the new partition for the final time, I was unable to boot into Windows. Acer's logo splash screen would appear, followed by a black screen where it would remain until I powered off the machine. The XP loading screen would not appear at all. I checked my partitions via the Windows XP Setup CD, and realized that my main partition had been changed to E: instead of C:. I installed a fresh copy of Windows XP on the second partition I had created, and changed the registry via regedit.exe so that my main partition was C: again.

No luck, there is no screen to select between my two XP installs, and it only boots into the 'recovery' XP installation. I'm stumped on where to go from this point.

System Specifications:

Acer Aspire 5050 Netbook

AMD Turion 64 Mobile
Technology MK-36
2.00GHz, 896MB of RAM

The software I was using to create the new partition is called EaseUS Partition Master 9.1.1 Home Edition. The netbook's HDD is currently partitioned into two seperate partitions; my main 145GB partition, and the 5GB partition containing my recovery XP installation.

Tell me if you need any additional information.

Thanks in advance,

Comguy

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.6GHz, 1024MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional 32-bit
ATI Radeon SAPPHIRE X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
80GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB WD Caviar Green SATA


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August 21, 2012 at 19:33:02
What is the size of your HDD? How was it partitioned originally & how is it partitioned now? And why do you have unallocated space? Your best bet may be to completely remove all partitions, recreate new partitions, then reinstall XP from scratch. If you have files you need to retrieve, you should be able to get them using a Linux live CD.


#1
August 21, 2012 at 17:41:38
EaseUS Partition Master is a great tool & extremely easy to use, if you know what you're doing. Unfortunately, EaseUS links cannot be posted due to past problems with their advertising, but I suggest you go to their online help page. I suspect you set the new partiton as active. If you did, that's why it will no longer boot into Windows. From the help page:

"If you set a partition as active but there is another active partition on the disk, it will be unset automatically. This might also prevent your PC from booting."

Try using EaseUS Partition Recovery software.


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#2
August 21, 2012 at 17:47:26
Thanks for your reply riider,

I just checked, the partition containing my main installation of XP Professional is set as active, as there is no option to set it to active, but it will allow me to set my secondary partition to active. Not sure where to go from here.

Thanks,

Comguy

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.8GHz, 1024MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional 32-bit
ATI Radeon SAPPHIRE X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
80GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB WD Caviar Green SATA


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#3
August 21, 2012 at 17:57:12
Update;

Just ran CHKDSK on C:. It came up with some errors in the file system. I then ran CHKDSK /F and it repaired said errors, as well as recovered the orphaned file 'pagefile.sys'. The system still will not boot from the main partition.

Comguy

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.8GHz, 1024MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional 32-bit
ATI Radeon SAPPHIRE X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
80GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB WD Caviar Green SATA


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#4
August 21, 2012 at 18:09:43
@riider

I am unable to run the EaseUS Partition Recovery tool as it will only recover partitions from unallocated space. My main partition is fully intact, the problem is that Windows is unable to boot from it.

Thanks,

Comguy

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.8GHz, 1024MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional 32-bit
ATI Radeon SAPPHIRE X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
80GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB WD Caviar Green SATA


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#5
August 21, 2012 at 19:33:02
✔ Best Answer
What is the size of your HDD? How was it partitioned originally & how is it partitioned now? And why do you have unallocated space? Your best bet may be to completely remove all partitions, recreate new partitions, then reinstall XP from scratch. If you have files you need to retrieve, you should be able to get them using a Linux live CD.

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#6
August 21, 2012 at 20:01:56
@riider

My HDD is 150GB total. It was originally partitioned with 149GB in one partition and about 10MB of unallocated space. Currently, there is no unallocated space on the drive. There is one partition at 145GB and another at about 5GB.

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.8GHz, 1024MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional 32-bit
ATI Radeon SAPPHIRE X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
80GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB WD Caviar Green SATA


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#7
August 21, 2012 at 20:27:37
I'm beginning to think that the boot loader for my main XP is broken, so I will boot into it using SuperGRUB2 and attempt to repair it.

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.8GHz, 1024MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional 32-bit
ATI Radeon SAPPHIRE X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
80GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB WD Caviar Green SATA


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#8
August 21, 2012 at 21:15:28
Did you try running FIXMBR & FIXBOOT from the recovery console?

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#9
August 21, 2012 at 23:38:43
@riider

I ran both of those command via the recovery console as you suggested, and the result was devastating. I am no longer able to boot into any OS at all and am given the NTLDR error after the BIOS splash. The hard drive appears in the BIOS but Windows 7 setup will not find it. I will test XP setup tomorrow but I assume it will be of the same effect.

Comguy

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.8GHz, 1024MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional 32-bit
ATI Radeon SAPPHIRE X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
80GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB WD Caviar Green SATA


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#10
August 22, 2012 at 05:01:59
As I said in #5, your best bet would be to wipe out the partitioning & start from scratch. I don't recommend Win7 for that system, you don't have nearly enough RAM.

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#11
August 22, 2012 at 10:19:24
@riider

I just used a bootable partition manager CD to completely format and re-partition the entire hard disk. (I never planned on installing Windows 7, I was just using the DVD to check if the hard drive showed up.)

Comguy

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.8GHz, 1024MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional 32-bit
ATI Radeon SAPPHIRE X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
80GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB WD Caviar Green SATA


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#12
August 22, 2012 at 16:37:05
@riider

Thanks, I managed to reinstall Windows XP and everything is working fine.

Comguy

AMD Sempron 2600+
1.8GHz, 1024MB of DDR-400 RAM
Windows XP Professional 32-bit
ATI Radeon SAPPHIRE X1650 AGP GPU
120GB IDE HDD
80GB IDE HDD
160GB IDE HDD
1TB WD Caviar Green SATA


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