|A frustrating problem. I recently upgraded my system (mobo, CPU, GPU and PSU) on my desktop running Vista Ultimate. NO problems, running beautifully, a BIOS upgrade is all I had to do after installing the hardware. My partner has a much older desktop, running XP Pro, rather than chucking it, I took my perfectly running old mobo/CPU/GPU/PSU combo and in turn upgraded hers but we haven't been able to get it to boot fully into windows at any stage...|
Powered up, got to the initial mobo (Asus A8n32-SLI deluxe) screen, didn't get to any win XP screen, before doing it all again, going into a continuous boot cycle. Shut it down.
Powered up again, this time it went to the "would you like safe mode etc" screen automatically. I said thank you very much, and then it proceeded to go into the same boot cycle. All the other options on that screen yielded the same result.
Went online and serached various forums and as a result, did a repair installation, which seemed to go well, BUT during the last part of the install, I got 3 error msgs, the first two were about being unable to load two files, specifically inetcomm.dll and msoe.dll. I clicked OK and on went the install. Then a big box came up with a big red dot with a cross in it which said "(big cross) has failed windows logo testing to verify compatibility with windows XP. the software will not be installed." It didn't actually elaborate on which software it didn't like. I clicked OK and the install completed.
NOW on power up, it seems to boot normally until it gets to the user logon screen. I choose a user, the hourglass appears briefly (never to be seen again) then after a good 2 minutes possibly more, the selected user's wallpaper appears, but nothing else, no icons, no taskbar etc. A big McAfee logo flashes briefly but then nothing.
On this blank wallpaper screen
-left or right clicking the mouse does nothing.
-ctrl-alt-del brings up task manager and I can see a good 30 or so processes computing away. EXPLORER.EXE is NOT one of them.
-the winkey combo's don't work but I can use the task manager file menu to open a run command box. I can type whatever I like (explorer.exe for eg) in the box, on hitting "enter" task manager disappears and leaves me alone with my wallpaper. Similarly, leaving the box empty and clicking the "browse" box also immediately sends task manager packing. I can get into safe mode but get the exact same result (except I don't get the wallpaper of course)
I seem to be so close but a mile away from getting this machine to boot!
Any assistance gratefully received.