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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ManicD, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. ManicD

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    ok, have a windows XP system, you turn it on and it loads to teh splash screen then suddenly restarts.

    so i took teh hard drive out, put it in another computer set as a slave.

    booted from teh other computers primary and that now get to the splash screen and the restarts.

    so i took the slave out of teh 2nd computer and restarted teh 2nd one and it still gets to the splash and restarts



    ANY IDEAS????
     
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  2. Bluerinse
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    Faulty hard drive maybe.

    Have you tried *repairing* the windows installation, in the original PC?
     
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  3. ManicD

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    trying to retrive the data first, and wouldnt know what files to repair with the repair console
     
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  4. Theprof

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    Run the chkdsk command in the recovery console, it will do a system scan. You can run chkdsk with the -r switch (chkdsk -r)
     
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  5. Sparky
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    Have you tried booting in safe mode?
     
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  6. ManicD

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    yes, exactly the same issue, same with last known good
     
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  7. Sparky
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    Ahh, as I posted boot with the XP CD and go into recovery console, log onto the C:\WINDOWS install (I assume its all default) and then run chkdsk -r 8)
     
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    Have you tried doing a repair reinstall using the XP CD?

    This guide will show you what to do.

    HTH

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  9. ManicD

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    ahh, yes, i forgot you had teh second repair option.
     
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  10. Liqua

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    General rule of thumb that I have used over the years is that if you have a failure but the system boots in safe mode then it's normally a driver issue, a recent patch (go go Microsoft :rolleyes:), or some software you have just installed. If the system fails to boot even in safe mode then it's normally a hardware issue or a corrupt installation of Windows.

    As per Bluerinse repairing the installation can sometimes help - should all be automatic so don't worry about not knowing which files to repair. Insert the HDD into a 2nd PC, salvage all the files you need to keep, then put back and try a repair.

    Good luck.

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  11. ManicD

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    I have already said i put the hard drive as a slave in a second PC and it ****ed up the 2nd one, before that got a chance to boot
     
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  12. Sparky
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    Any joy with the repair install?
     
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  13. Bluerinse
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    Yes this is what i meant. The article implies that it can only be done in XP Pro.. this isnt the case, the OS can be repaired in XP Home too.

    It is very confusing, because the first question you get when you boot from the CD, is do you want to repair Windows, using the *recovery console* the answer to that is *no* in this instance.
     
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  14. ManicD

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    ok, finally got hold of an XP CD,

    ran a repair on the original PC and it worked and fixed teh issue.

    when to run a repair install on teh second PC that broke because of teh first, and it said the C: file system was Unknown

    so opened recovery console,
    it didnt want me to log into a version of windows because it couldnt see one.

    tried a fixmbr
    tried a chkdsk - found about 40 errors
    tried a chkdsk /p - fixed about 40 errors

    rebooted and it worked again.

    Have now scared user into realising just how important backups are


    am now thinking of starting a backup solution for on my personal PC....:eek:
     
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  15. Sparky
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    Nice one mate, sounds like the second PCs HD might be on the way out. Had a similar experience with a HD and it said the format was <RAW>, managed to get the data off it but the HD failed later that day.

    Backups are great......... ..........when you have one! :biggrin
     
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  16. neutralhills

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    Those forty errors could be an indication that the drive is failing. Do you have SMART enabled on the drive? Is it reporting anything adverse about the drive status? Have you run a diagnostic on the drive? I would STRONGLY recommend doing so. That many errors cropping up is often a warning sign that the drive is on the verge of failing.
     
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