|"The culprit stopping it is the "INVALID BOOT.INI"..."|
"HOW do I get around the error "Invalid boot.ini" "
As I've already said.....
"....that problem is easily fixed, if you have or can borrow an XP CD to boot the computer from, ...."
or, if your Recovery CD is for your specific model and (the first one if it's a set) is equivalent to an OEM XP CD (it may not be).
"When there's nothing else wrong, booting the computer from an XP CD, or the equivalent restore or recovery disk, and loading the Recovery Console, then running a command - bootcfg /rebuild - in it will fix your invalid boot.ini problem.
If you want more details about doing that...
See response 3:
(If you get the "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" error when you have booted the computer from the XP CD, you need to FIX whatever HARDWARE problem is causing that.)
"....OR if you replace the corrupted boot.ini file with one suitable for your particular computer's situation, but that can be more complicated (a standard boot.ini file may not work for your particular computer's situation) .... "
That should work if your computer still has only one hard drive, it's connected to the same header on the mboard it was originally connected to, and the orginal software for it, or just Windows, has never been re-installed....
Boot the computer from the Linux disk.
Replace the existing boot.ini file with a standard one that assumes the hard drive is connected to the first available drive connection.
Manage/Remove Multi-Boot Option
Scroll down to
Don't forget to backup the file in any situation. It will keep you out of trouble!
Click on the first screen capture below that to zoom in and see an example of what the text in boot.ini should be if XP is on the first partition on the first hard disk; the last word is /fastdetect
(You won't get the "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" error when you boot the computer from the Linux disk, but you MAY get an equivalent error message, and if you do, in that case, you need to FIX whatever HARDWARE problem is causing the problem.)
Okay, so you say it's a desktop model, and a1410e is NOT a typo.
HP has NO INFO about that model when I search their HP Canada site with that model number, or with a1410 !
HP has NO INFO about that model when I search their HP US site with that model number !
Found on the web by searching for: Pavilion a1410e .......
Download drivers and software - specify product name
HP Pavilion a1400 Desktop PC series
HP Pavilion Media Center a1410e Desktop PC
Download drivers and software
HP Pavilion a1400 Desktop PC series
That does NOT seem to have SPECIFIC info about a1410e, but it does have the info for the a1400 series.
" HP Pavilion Media Center a1410e Desktop PC "
For a brand name system computer that has XP on it, that probably indicates it has a (XP) MCE 200x version on it originally, NOT XP Pro or Home.
If it does, then it's extremely unlikely it has a a Recovery disk that is the same as for a MCE 200x version. The official Microsoft OEM MCE 200x versions come on two CDs, not one, and they've never released it on a DVD as far as i know. It's more likely the Recovery disk set for the specific model is a multi-disk archive that must be installed one disk after another, for all of the disks or most of the disks, and the first disk cannot be used the same way as a Windows CD
However, when I search the web using: Pavilion a1410e , some "hits" list a1410e CTO, as in, Configured To Order - the model could have been ordered by whoever bought it - by you or whoever was tjhe orginal owner on HP's web site, or by the buyer(s) that supplied the store where you bought it on HP's web site - to have XP Home, or XP Pro, or XP Pro 64 bit, or possibly another operating system, installed on it rather than a MCE 200x version.
I know from past experience that sometimes they lose track of specific model info, as in, nothing is found when you search using the specific model number on their web sites.
If you had provided the Product number as I asked you to, I might have been able to find the proper info for it.
When I search the HP US site with a1410, it finds only ONE "hit" .....
They DO have info about a1410n , a US / Canada model
HP Pavilion Media Center a1410n Desktop PC Product Specifications
Product number - ER890AA
Your Product number is different.
•Motherboard Name: A8N-LA
•HP/Compaq motherboard name: Nagami-GL8E
You may have exactly the same mboard.
A8N-LA is printed on the surface of the mboard
Nagami-GL8E is probably printed on a stuck on sticker that also has the HP part number, for the mboard, or for the mboard with the particular CPU installed in it.
Athlon 64 (V) 3800+ 2.4 GHz
Your model probably has a different CPU installed.
Found on the web by searching for: Pavilion a1410e .....
"The Hewlett Packard Pavilion a1410e comes with Celeron D 3.2 GHz "
•200 GB SATA
Your model may have a SATA hard drive that has a different capacity
•Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2
•Microsoft Service Pack 2
(MCE 2005 always has SP2 (Windows) updates embedded in it.)
If your model has a MCE version it's the same thing for your computer.
However, it could have been ordered with a different verson of XP on it.
Recovery CD's ....... (recommend use of CD Creator to make CD set)
Your model probably had the same situation.
This is probably what that situation was.
There was a program provided by HP called CD Creator that was already installed on the hard drive . You're supposed to use that program while Windows is still working properly to make a Recovery disk set for your specific model.
In many cases for brand name systems, you can only make the Recovery disk set ONCE with that program they provide, for the same Windows installation, because an entry is made after you made the set in the registry that prevents you from making it again.
If you install the orginal brand name software installation again, you will be able to make that Recovery disk set ONCE, again.
OR - apparently, at least in some cases for HP computers, you CAN make the Rocovery disk set again for the same Windows installation if you modify (or remove ?) a certain line in the registry.
The Recovery disk set is NOT a backup of the data presently on the C drive partition including data you have added.
It's ONLY the data necessary to install Windows from scratch, possibly also the data necessary to make a Drivers or Drivers and Applications disk, or similar, maybe one or more other disk(s) too
- or ONLY the data necessary to install ALL of the the original brand name software installation from scratch.
It gets the data it needs to make the set from a second partition on the original hard drive's brand name software installation.
The Recovery disk set is either....(this is likely your case)
- a multi-disk archive for which you must install one disk after the other, for all of the disks, or most of the disks. The first disk CANNOT be used the same way as a regular OEM XP CD.
- or - the first disk is a "XP Home SPx Re-installation CD" or similar - that CAN be used the same way as a regular OEM XP CD. The first disk probably does NOT prompt you to insert another disk.
"The hard drive has been checked for errors; there are no problems. The memory has been checked; there are no problems!
ALL the hardware has been checked. "
As I said....
"Whatever type of restore or recovery disk you were using, when you get the IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL error after having booted the computer from that, you probably have a HARDWARE problem, NOT a software problem. "
"You must FIX whatever is causing the "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" error ..."
You CAN get the "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" error when there is ANY problem detecting hardware properly.
Other things you could try BEFORE you try to boot the computer FROM a disk.....
REMOVE the AC power to the case whenever you will be fiddling with anything inside the case !
- Make sure all cards installed in mboard slots are all the way down in their slots. You could also try removing the cards, wiping off their contacts, and installing them again.
- If you have installed any cards in mboard slots that did not come with the system, you could try removing it / them
- Unplug EVERYTHING that is not necessary for you to get video and use a keyboard and mouse
Some mboards develop this problem - electrolytic capacitors were installed on them that were not properly made, and they fail eventually - the mboard manufacturer didn't know they were improperly made at the time the mboard was made.
Open up your case and examine the mboard to see if you have bad capacitors, and/or other findable signs of mboard damage .
What to look for, mboard symptoms, example pictures:
Home page that site
- what the problem is caused by
- he says there are STILL bad capacitors on more recent mboards.
Pictures of blown capacitors, other components, power supplies, fried Athlon cpus, etc.:
""I had checked the Hard drive just a few days before and there were no problems.""
As I said....
"What did you check it with ?
You need to check it with hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics, preferably using the test that takes longer that tests the entire drive space."
""Everything is seated well, so the RAM modules are not the trouble.""
"How it looks can be deceiving, and even if it does look fine, it can have a poor connection in the ram slot(s). Did you try REMOVING the ram, cleaning it's contacts by wiping them off, then re-installing them ?
If NO, DO THAT !
If yes, you MAY need to ALSO blow crap that's difficult to see out of the bottoms of the ram slots, and clean the contacts in the ram slots, as well. "
To blow out the ram slots, use an air compressor and nozzle if you have access to one, or canned air or canned inert gas meant for cleaning electronic boards.
Remove the AC power to the computer. Wrap a tougher tissue such as is used for cleaning a monitor screen around both sides of thin cardboard such as from a cereal box, wet the tissue with a few drops of methyl alcohol (methanol; methyl hydrate; gas line antifreeze is usually all or mostly that), or isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol (it always has water in it; the less the percentage of water, the better) , insert the assembly into the slots and wipe them a few times. Let the liquid evaporate BEFORE you restore the AC power to the computer.
DO NOT get the liquid on any chips - if you do, the computer may not work properly for many hours - at least, I know from experience that's the case for an isopropyl alcohol solution with SOME IC chips
When Windows won't work properly on your problem computer, you should test the ram by using a bootable ram diagnostics disk to boot the computer from.
E.g. If you have more than 4 gb of ram installed, Memtest86, or Memtest86+, or if you have 4 gb or less ram installed Microsoft's
Windows Memory Diagnostic:
Testing the ram by using a bootable ram diagnostics disk and it passing when it's NOT installed in the subject computer's mboard, or testing it in another computer's operating system when the ram is installed on that computer's mboard and it passing, does NOT necessary indicate it will work properly in the subject computer's mboard !