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xp wont run!!!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Timostag, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. Timostag

    Timostag Bit Poster

    Please help,

    Ive just half build a new pc using-

    Asus p5e-vm hdmi
    intel p4 2.8 775 processor
    samsung 2gb 800mhz memory
    my old hard drive- ide 40gb piece of crap

    i havent bought a new hard drive yet as i cant afford a new OS and i have a pretty good external 1 for now

    Im doing the comptia a+ and have taken apart and rebuild my previous pc before so I was confident i would have no problems, but when i finished putting every thing together and switched on it ran and did post but then asked to run in safe mode/normal etc. i choose last good setting and it began to start xp but then suddenly restarted and does this every time no matter what mode i start xp in.

    also it doesnt reconise my keyboard till the mode option comes up so i cant enter the setup or bios

    Please help and guessing i will have to format/replace the HDD and get a new OS
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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    Generally XP, as with other versions of windows, doesn't like being moved to a different motherboard.

    *Sometimes* you can do a repair and it will then work. But that requires the original XP CD.

    As for the keyboard - are you now using a USB one? If so find a PS/2 one and try that.

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  3. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    Try starting in safe mode and then run chkdsk / r in the command prompt as the next restart would carry out a check disk scan. Allow the check disk to finish running fully and start your computer again.

    Lets know how you get on, best wishes:)
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  4. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    If you want to do the job properly then format the drive and start over.

    You might get away with a repair install though.
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  5. Cuhulainn

    Cuhulainn New Member

    You might try going into Safe Mode, then delete the HDD Controllers, then reboot for Windows to reallocate
    the new IDE/SATA Controllers.
    You could try repair as stated above.
    Or boot from CD choose Command Console, then run FIXMBR, then CHKDSK /r.
    Ultimately you might be forced down the Format & Reinstall route.
  6. Timostag

    Timostag Bit Poster

    Thanks for all your advice,

    i bought a copy of xp pro to reinstall but, i dont know how to install it the pc still just goes to the safe mode option screen and restarts as soon as i select any option and i cant enter bios settings as when that option comes up it says no keyboard detected (ps/2).

    Is there a manual way to wipe a hard drive?
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  7. dwhyte85

    dwhyte85 Nibble Poster

    I don't think that'd work, you've said you've put a CD in and it still boots to OS, that means your boot order isn't correct and... you'd need to hit a key to initiate the setup, therefore you'd need to access the bios to change it.

    You'd need to enable Legacy USB if you've got a USB keyboard to, but you'd need a working PS2 keyboard to even do that (unless they have jumper settings for things like that??).
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  8. Timostag

    Timostag Bit Poster

    my keyboard works on the safe mode selection screen it just wont work when the press del for set up comes up?!
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  9. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

    Thats strange, it should work if its a ps2 keyboard. Have you tried resetting the BIOS from the jumper on the mobo to see if resetting to defaults allows you to boot into the BIOS.
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