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biggest crash i've had yet

By cathouse1320
Oct 30, 2006
  1. I'll try to keep this short & sweet:
    yeaterday,, when i tried to start my system, i got the "system didn't start normally screen" , tried to start in safe mode & then each of the other available modes with the same result. my bios screen was coming up, but it's an oem installed system & useless, couldn't open anything at all in it. After several hours of frustration, i attempted to re-install windows from disc. no can do, always got the bsod with varying error messages, several of which referenced irq conflicts, also, tried using a full version of xp home that i don't use, but no dice. The error messages were always different too. After several tries to install, the installation just halted at the "installing windows executive" screen. The next try all i got was spinning fans , no reading any discs or from a floppy. I tried to run a copy of spinrite to see if it's the hard drive, but it won't even read that. Current situation is that when i fire it up, all i get is case lights and fans, the disc access light activates, but i do not see or hear anything that indicates disc activity. My next planned step is to replace the cmos battery, I don't think it's the issue, but it's all i know to do.
    ANY SUGGESTIONS WILL BE ENORMOUSLY APPRECIATED, I'M USING MY OLD LADIES LAPTOP AND HATE IT THANK YOU
     
  2. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9



    If the CMOS Battery replacement does no good, and all of your cables are hooked in correctly, I would try another power supply from a different computer to see if that is the boot up problem, and then we'll go from there.
     
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