Windows XP computer Freezing and no boot

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January 23, 2010 at 08:38:13
Specs: Windows XP
Problem started with simple freeze.Reboot and carry on.Then after a few of those,would start up in bios stating improper cpu speed,save and exit,then no boot.Hangs on logo screen right after keyboard test.Took good drive,installed xp,works fine.Is not hardware.Some pissy little thing in the handoff between real and protected mode at bootup.Tried M$ support but that is just pathetic.Tried every combination of criteria to ferret out same problem on various forums but nothing comes up.Have tested everything I can and it is not hardware.Tried fixboot,fixmbr and every standard test I can think of.The machine was stable up to the first freeze and hasn't been molested in any way whatsoever as far as changing components etc.Will boot to safe mode and have tried earliest restore point before first trouble but goes back to freeze right after I get into windows.

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#1
January 23, 2010 at 08:58:55
I think that Windows has nothing to do with this problem.....

Did you try resseting BIOS using the CMOS Battery on the motherboard ?

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#2
January 23, 2010 at 09:52:28
Yes the CMOS was reset.If everything works fine with another drive, it stands to reason that it isn't a hardware fault.The boot sequence starts at the processor and there is a step between what M$ calls real mode and protected mode that is supposed to stabilize everything so there is no interference from other processes to steal cycles from the processor.This is not hardware causing the trouble.

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#3
January 23, 2010 at 10:28:17
Well.....it might be the Hard Drive....are you sure the current hard drive is OK ?....

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#4
January 23, 2010 at 12:55:49
Yessir I ran HDTune to test and benchmark the drive and it is up to specs.I ran chkdsk and it fixed an error from the reboots early on when this cartoon started.My first thought was the drive going bad but all of the tests I have done report it being mechanically O.K.The power supply checks O.K.,memory is O.K. and rather than take the drastic step of flashing the BIOS,I tried a clean install with a drive I know is good.It works great on that one.Boots up in ten or fifteen seconds and shuts down the same.If I could get at the drive long enough to copy what I want,I would try a brand new drive but I have to get the data off of this one.Can't be done in safe mode.That's the other thing.It will run in safe mode no problem but I'm limited to what I can do in that mode as far as accessing different parts of the drive.

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