WinXp won't boot normal mode but will in safe

Hewlett-packard DV5000
March 16, 2010 at 15:53:08
Specs: Windows XP media center
After Win Xp splash screen all I receive is a black screen and it doesn't boot. But, I can boot to safe mode or safe mode with networking.
My DVD/CD drive doesn't work either so I can't install my Xp and go into recovery mode to do a fixmbr.
Any ideas? Is there a XP utility that will run from a USB thumb drive to run the fixmbr until I get my DVD/CD drive working again?

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#1
March 16, 2010 at 17:04:04
You are going to need an XP CD and working CD/DVD drive.

I doubt if fixmbr is going to help you in the is case. If the MBR was corrupted to wouldn't even get in to Safe Mode. By the time Safe Mode starts to boot the MBR has done its job.

The fact that you can get into Safe Mode and not boot normally suggests a driver problem or a corrupted registry. Bring up Device Manager form Safe Mode and see if you have any yellow question marks against any items.

Stuart


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#2
March 16, 2010 at 17:46:45
Try to boot normally. Take note of time. Then boot to safe mode and look at event logs at that time for clues as to what is failing.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#3
March 16, 2010 at 18:21:43
I have no exclamation points in Device Manager. However, I have noticed when I run the Bios that the time/date is incorrect. After resetting the proper time and date, save and exit... then reboot its changed again.
I've pulled the DVD/CD out and back in to re-seat it but no luck.
Any ideas on why it won't boot in normal mode but will in safe mode?

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#4
March 16, 2010 at 18:30:51
The fact the the time and date keep changing indicates a failed CMOS battery. Replace the batter and boot to the BIOS. Check all BIOS setting, especially those relating the the hard disk and memory timings, select defaults if you are unsure. Save and re-boot.

Stuart


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#5
March 16, 2010 at 18:35:13
There is a problem with some service or driver or loading software. Event viewer would show that information most likely.

It may be that your system is getting network time. Bios failure normally stays correct until you power down the system for some few minutes or more.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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