XP wont start no matter what I do.

February 13, 2009 at 20:44:41
Specs: Windows Vista

Before I continue, I want to be sure that this is for Windows XP Home Edition. If any reason the topic says it's under Windows Vista (although I'm choosing Windows XP), please ignore it, it's for a Windows XP Home Edition.

It's Friday the 13th, and I come home to find that my fiance's laptop (which was mine in the past) has 'almost' stopped working.

I notice that the screen was black, so I decided to manually shut down, and restart (havn't gotten into Windows yet). Afterwards as I watch closely, it shows "compaq" like normal with the 3 options at the buttom (F10/F12/esc). Then of course it makes a quick flicker to begin Windows, and that's when it goes black—not responding.

I've tried everything, here is a list of what I tried. After each item, the computer stops responding when it's time to start up Windows.

- Safe Mode.
- Safe Mode with Networking.
- Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
- Enable Boot Logging.
- Enable VGA Mode.
- Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked).
- Directory Services Resore Mode (Windows domain controllers only).
- Debugging Mode.
Disable automatic Restart on system failure.

Then I attempt to insert the "Operating System CD", so I can either repair or reformat. After the CD starts up like normal and load's the files, when it reaches "Setup is starting Windows", it stops responding.

I've completely ran out of ideas, and I hope this website I found on google can assist me with this issue. Thanks for reading however, and any information that may fix this problem is greatly appreciated.

~ Yujiza.

Edit; Grammar/spelling error(s).

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February 14, 2009 at 01:04:16
If the computer is booting into the post screen, the majority of it is working. It could be memory, though that would often cause the famous blue screen but my first suspect would be the hard disk. You need to look at the manufacturer of the disk, go to their web site and look under support for a program to test the disk. If it's a Toshiba, there wont be one!
Secondly you could download and burn to CD one of the 'Live' Linux distributions and boot the computer from that.

Computers... designed to entertain,help with work but most of all to frustrate you!

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February 14, 2009 at 04:41:53
Windows XP Does Not Respond at "Setup Is Starting Windows XP" Message

Memory(RAM), test program for downloading

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February 14, 2009 at 09:08:21
Thanks, and hello!

I'm downloading Ubuntu hoping this will take me up another step.

I however failed to mention that the computer with the problem is a Laptop. On top of that, my harddisk pretty much died almost a year ago (although I could start up windows before it did), and I got a new one from the warranty. They actually did not have any 60gigs anymore that existed within the company, so they pretty much gave me anything that was laying around with 75gigs of memory. I don't even know at this point (which I'm kicking myself for) what kind of memory system is in there.

I also found some other options that might assist me, but the person didn't have much incentive to give me more information. I downloaded and burned onto a CD "Killdisk". It works, the computer reacts to it, and starts the CD before windows starts up. Now this is where I'm stuck because I'm not sure if this would help me at all.

Any more information would be greatly appreciated—again! I will submit a follow up if Ubuntu works! :)

~ Yujiza.

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February 14, 2009 at 10:20:45
Good and bad news,

Memtest has passed, no errors found.

Ubuntu doesn't work, I tried all the options available, and the computer stops responding as soon as it's about to begin.

Please, anyone if you're out there, don't feel shy to give out more ideas and options that may be available, thanks.

~ Yujiza.

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February 14, 2009 at 11:46:32
boot from the xp cd, go into the recovery console and run chkdsk. kill disk will wipe the drive.
try puppy linux, if you have more than 256mb of ram it will automatically run from the ram, you don't even need a hard drive.



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February 15, 2009 at 15:25:14
Hello, and I'm losing complete hope.

I tried PuppyLinux and well, it doesn't work either. It says; "Unlzmaining Linux... done. Booting the kernel" and it stops responding.

Is there any other options available, or am I stuck buying a new harddrive for a latpop which can cost me an arm and a leg.


~ Yujiza.

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February 23, 2009 at 12:42:21

Hello all,

I am very lucky that I managed to have a friend of a friend who knows a lot about computers, PC specifically.

Well, he was stumped at first after he read this topic which I linked to him. He told me to search and download—burning onto a CD, something called "Drive Fitness Test" to check the system. "Passed".

Afterwards he says, "great, now download and burn Darik's Boot and Nuke". I did, and shoved it into my Laptop. 3-4 full hours goes by as it wipes my whole system, then it tells me to remove the CD and turn off the system when it was done.

I entered the CDs that come with the Laptop to repair/reformat, and it worked like a charm. I'm am so happy, and my fiance has tears in her eyes of joy that I got it back up (she though it was her fault).

Right now I'm reinstalling Windows, and I can't wait to update it all again.

Thanks guys for taking the time to assist me, it's greatly appreciated. I do encourage anyone that's having the problem as me, please download the two things I mentioned above. It worked for me! :)

~ Yujiza.

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February 23, 2009 at 13:00:22
As was mentioned above killdisk wipes the disk. You evidently didn't apply killdisk to the drive.

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