Complete failure help?

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By griggs
May 24, 2009
  1. Hello all I am new to the forums so stay with me.

    Ok here is the problem,
    About a week ago I started to get the WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM files are missing or corrupt so I looked all over the internet to find a solution. Nothing came close to my problem like at the windows main website at the recovery console it never asked for the admin password so I get Access is Denied.

    So I tried to start off with a clean install of Windows Xp and when I do it can't find my hard drive.... Only my external drive.

    Sooo I called it quits on that hard drive and bought a brand new WD Caviar Green 500 GB drive. Once I installed that drive physically and turned my PC on, nothing just a blank black screen.

    So I thought instantly to boot from the CD that came with the drive and nothing, my computer goes blank restarts etc etc...

    So if any help would be great

    System specs: (all that I can remember)

    Windows XP pro
    Nvidia 7585 (something like that)
    1.5 GB of RAM
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 22,021   +212

    "Once I installed that drive physically..."

    Does the motherboards bios detect the new drive? Do you have the bios set to boot from the CD/DVD first?
  3. griggs

    griggs TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I think it detects the drive because when I use the Boot device menu it shows the Onboard SATA drive and I only have the one hard drive pluged in.
    And yes I changed the BIOs but when I try to start up with the CD/DVD my PC keeps rebooting.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 22,021   +212

    You have probably got a hardware failure... Have you tried resetting the bios to failsafe defaults?
  5. griggs

    griggs TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No I have not, how do I?
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 22,021   +212

    Get into the bios and look at the bottom of the screen. It will be done with one of the "F" keys
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