PC starts to load WinXP - then reboot

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/sp2
January 24, 2010 at 19:07:16
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP 2
I have a PC that would only run Windows in safe mode. Finally it quit doing that too. Tested all hardware in another PC - works good. Found that when I unplugged the 4 pin connector for the CPU power from the MOBO the PC would run - if I plugged it in - the PC would start - then in 3-5 seconds shut off.

Replaced the board - OK - now everything works like it should except when I try to boot into Windows - it tries and then a blue screen flashes and PC shuts down.

This same hard drive installed in another PC works just fine. Scanned for viruses / malware - found some - got rid - but works fine until I put this hdd back into the original PC?

I'm about to concede defeat. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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January 24, 2010 at 19:55:06
most likely now that you have installed a new mobo, its trying to
use the other drivers from your older one - which could give you a
blue screen, you might need to re-install windows (dont format )
just install windows again.which will put all default windows
drivers back on.

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January 25, 2010 at 17:03:12
Exactly my thought too - I tried that except after windows does it setup configuration and then reboots the PC it slams down on reboot and won't continue installation :(

Thank you for the reply.

So, I just took the hdd out of the problem PC. I put it into a Dell Dimension 4600 desktop and BING! Windows begins the setup process without missing a beat.

The only component hooked to the problem PC from the original setup is the processor. Everything else is changed out. What could be on the hdd that is arguing with the processor?

I can install another Windows hdd in this PC and it works just fine. I even put a hdd with Ubuntu on it and it worked just fine. ?????

So, I will finish setup again in the Dell and the put the hdd back into the problem PC - wishful thinking I'm sure - been here once before don't know why it would be different this time - we'll see when its finished.

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January 25, 2010 at 21:52:00
It could very easily be the power supply... try swapping out another one into that computer and see if it works.
It could be a problem with the hard drive... run a test on it
It could be another component such as a video card... try swapping out.

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January 26, 2010 at 04:24:46
Those were my first thoughts as well. Swapped out PS, Video, RAM, SATA cable, EIDE cable for DVD ROM - no luck.

I do believe the problem lies somewhere on the hdd. Still doesn't explain why this hdd works in another PC just fine - but in the problem PC it throws a fit? The only component right now that is in the original config is the processor. Everything else is a swap out.

Thank you for the reply.

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