pc will not load any os

October 31, 2012 at 00:44:02
Specs: Windows XP sp3, AMD athlon 2600
Initially problem seemed to be "faded" screen, assumed video problem and rebooted, video good and all info display about boot process OK but stopped at loading Windows XP - black screen.
I use a removable drive bay system so rebooted with windows 7 ultimate - same result. Tried a boot from CD using a live Linux distro - same result. tried using Ultimate boot CD but this also failed at the loading operating system stage. PC is a rather ancient beast with an ASUS .A7N8X delux mobo with 2 gig of ram. Never had any problems prior to this. I have tried a replacement video card and also tried disconnecting the drive bay system and connecting ATA drive directly. Obviously diagnostics are not possible. The only other relevant thing I can think of is - user pre crash was accessing facebook.
I use Windows essential and keep it up to date.

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#1
October 31, 2012 at 05:37:17
If you can't boot off a CD/DVD, your problem is not Windows related. Either your BIOS boot order settings are messed up or you have a hardware problem.

"connecting ATA drive directly"

Did you change the master/slave jumpers?


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#2
October 31, 2012 at 09:30:21
"also tried disconnecting the drive bay system and connecting ATA drive directly."
Try just disconnecting it and, booting from the linux cd with no drive.

larry


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#3
October 31, 2012 at 17:51:19
Hi
Thanks for your suggestion.
boot sequence is cd/hd0/cd and has been that way for a long time.
Booting is not the problem - everything is normal until it gets to the operating system.
For example I tried the original windows XP disk. it went through the process of examining hardware loading files etc got to the screen "Starting Windows" and that was the end of it - black screen and no further activity. It does this with any operating system. I have tried cd load with no other drive- same result. it is almost as though there is some kind of block on operating system loads. Remember I have tried XP Win7 and Live Linux disks all which were functioing perfectly normally until the "faded screen" happened. I am currently using a standby PC and the same monitor which is fine. I'm totally at a loss..
Please keep those thinking caps on I appreciate your interest.

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#4
November 2, 2012 at 06:11:45
test the hard drive with a bootable cd created from the manufactures utility for testing hard drives.

larry


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#5
November 4, 2012 at 18:58:01
Thanks for that,
I managed to get an older version of Linux which had a safe mode to boot and I was able to do a complete memory check which passed OK I then connected a representative disk which had failed to load XP to another PC as an external USB and did a complete chkdsk /f no problems found. To prove the computer I overloaded XP with LinuxOS on that same drive and the computer quite happily booted and is running fine with Linux which leaves me totally mystified as to why neither XP or WIN7 will load - even from their original disks !!
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