XP doesn't boot normally

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
September 8, 2009 at 03:34:43
Specs: Windows XP
Recently my XP can't start in its normal way. I have to
try several times before I can put it right on the track!
And then even I shut it down and reboot it, it comes
out all right!
In the first try, it fails saying that a certain driver was
corrupted, like sapnp.sys, and that I need to reinstall
the system with a "r" to fix the problem. But after
going into the safe mood and out or shut it down and
reboot, it just doesn't work. After shutting it down
several times and wait until the hard drive gets
warmer, it final boots and works normally. I have to do
this annoying operation every morning when I want to
boot my PC.
It seems it works normally in a warm boot, but it
doesn't work ok in a cold boot when it has been shut
down for longer period.
What's wrong with it? Is it because there are bad
tracks on my hard drive or the XP system was
I need someone to give me suggestion to fix this

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September 8, 2009 at 05:14:43
... when in windows go to "start" run (type) CMD [press enter]

... then (type) chkdsk /F [press enter]

... Y [press enter] ... and reboot... see if that helps!



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September 8, 2009 at 09:36:35
I agree with Mavis007 to run chkdsk /F. But also run chkdsk /R.

Problems with a system when it is cold is usually caused by a poor connection. From your description, there might be a poor connection on the hard drive cable, or a connection on the hard drive circuit board.

Try re-seating the drive cables.

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September 10, 2009 at 01:45:42
You can also download a LIVE OS that fits on a cd. Disconnect HD and see if it works perfectly on that. If no problems then the culprit may be the HD. As stated by the people before me checking for errors and loose cables may save you alot of headache. If you're still having problems then maybe it's time for a new harddrive.

Truth can become lie, but if lies become truth we're in trouble.

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September 24, 2009 at 17:50:26
I applied the suggestions above but in vain! Just when I fell
into deep despair, I tried HDD Regenerator and PC Health.
There is no bad sector ever found and the Hard disk was in
perfect condition!

Finally before leaving for a long journey, I installed a driver
scanner and shut down my PC because I had no time to
scan the drivers. When I came back the next day in the
evening I booted my PC and everything seemed to be in its
normal way again. It runs and works until now!

I think this could be the case of bad drivers that caused the
abnormal booting and that the driver scanner has made them
stable (the bad drivers) and then the PC goes back to its

Thanks for all the suggestions and helps anyway! --Gus

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