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Pc boots but restarts before windows laoding screen

By he11raiser
Jul 5, 2008
  1. Hi,
    Well the problem start last night when i restarted my pc it booted fine but it crashed before it got to windows loading screen and it jsut restarts it doesn't even show the windows logo or nothing but i can see everything else before that. I Hit F8 and it show safe mode and etc... but when i hit enter it ask to start window xp pro and i hit anter again and i get a black screen then restarts again.

    The hard drives boot fine i can hear them running, The green lights come on and i can see wuts on the screen it just restart before windows xp loading screen comes up. It also beeps like once.

    can some plz help me fix it?..


    motherboard:asus a7n8x2.0 deluxe rev 1006
    ram:1g
    videocard:ATI Radeon sapphire x1650 pro 512mb ddr2
     
  2. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Posts: 1,069

    Strip the system down to bare-bones, just a power supply, motherboard, minimum RAM, CPU and heat sink, and video adapter. and post if it still reboots
     
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    You could run Check Disk from the Recovery Console

    Boot from your Xp CD
    Select the first R prompt
    Press 1 to log into your Administrator account
    Then press Enter
    On the command prompt (Recovery Console) type:
    chkdsk c: /r
    (Note: space before /r)
    Allow Check Disk to scan and repair any problems
    Type Exit, to restart
    Did it work?
     
  4. he11raiser

    he11raiser TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK i strp it bare and booted it still same probelm.

    When ever I go in to comand prompt it just restartsand anything else it wont even let me reformate. It says can not find hardware or something like that.
     
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    You mean the Recovery Console prompt using your Xp CD I hope

    Anyway, can you get to CMOS setup? And run setup defaults.
    Actually I'd then disable all that you can, and try starting with the CD again
    This can be a faulty HardDrive ofcourse
     
  6. he11raiser

    he11raiser TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i try a system recovery adn it said it couldn't find and hard-drives connected and both are connected. I know the hard-drives are ATA

    ok i hit f8 and i get this....

    safe mode - tryed didnt work
    safe mode with netowrk
    safe mode with command prompt - tryed didnt work

    enable boot logging
    enable vga mode
    last know good configuration - tryed didnt work
    directory service restore mode
    debugging mode
    disable automatic restart on system failure - this is disable and still restarts

    sart windows normally - tryed didnt work
    reboot
    return to os choice menu

    when i pick one i get this....

    please select the operation system to start.... "microsoft windows xp professional"

    and it just restarts still.
     
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Boot from your Xp CD !
     
  8. he11raiser

    he11raiser TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I dont know wut a cmos is?.

    I boot cd but i dont see R prompt i only F6 and after that F2 then it loads the disk.
     
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    F2 should get you into CMOS where you can set the boot order to CD first
    Actually that F6 part... It gets harder now ! Just ignore this prompt and continue the Xp boot up (from disc)
     
  10. he11raiser

    he11raiser TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I try to boot from the disk it wont let me. windows setup runs and it loads all the files. it also says loading windows


    i get this next.....


    welcome to setup...

    This protion of the setup program prepares microsoft (R) windows (R) xp to run on ur computer.

    . To set up windows xp now, press enter.

    . to repair a windows xp installation usinf recoverconsol, press R.

    . to quit setup without installing windows xp, press F3

    but when i hit "r" or "enter" i get this...

    Setup did not find and hard disk drives installed in your computer.

    Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connect to ur computer, and that any disk-related hardware confifuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer=supplied diagnostic or setup program.

    Set up cannot continue. to quit setup press F3.
     
  11. he11raiser

    he11raiser TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok I booted the disk and i hit F2 and it says...

    please insert the disk labeled: windows automated system recor\ery disk into the floppy drive.
     
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    ok you need the F6 part then. Doh !

    You will need to locate the HardDrive driver for your computer, and then put it on floppy or if you don't have a floppy drive a CD
    When you press the F6 key, you will need to point it to the extracted driver on the disk.

    Where's the driver? you say.
    Try here: http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us
     
  13. he11raiser

    he11raiser TS Rookie Topic Starter

    do i look for the driver or is it on that page?. I had a floopy with sata drivers on it but it the floopy dont read right.
     
  14. he11raiser

    he11raiser TS Rookie Topic Starter

  15. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    How the Asus site works is, it caches (copies) to your drive, so therefore when I click the above it just shows me the main search page (I know it's strange and a little annoying)
    You can prove this by removing all your temporary internet files (I use CCleaner) and then clicking the above, won't show anything about your system.

    Anyway try the driver you think it is (although I thought it was a Dos driver)
     
  16. he11raiser

    he11raiser TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Silicon Image Serial ATA driver version V1.0.0.22 and Utility V1.0.0.11

    i think that is the driver i need in IDE files?.
     
  17. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Serial ATA=Sata

    That looks like it
     
  18. he11raiser

    he11raiser TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok i'm doing a chkdsk c: /r and its checking the system now.
     
  19. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Hooray ! (By the way, this is all just one option !!!)
     
  20. he11raiser

    he11raiser TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So this will fix it?.
     
  21. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  22. he11raiser

    he11raiser TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thx alot man. I have 1 more prolbem thow but different i think.

    I play an RPG called silkroad and i load it and it crashes to the blue screen of death i get a code saying

    code: 0x0000008e (0xc000001d, 0xe430f870, 0xa61c088c, 0x000000)

    also says something about shadowing or caching and memory. i have aenough memory.
     
  23. he11raiser

    he11raiser TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I did fix the problem!.
     
  24. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    No, I did

    Lets not argue, and say it's fixed

    Anyway that game issue
    You need to update all your drivers
     
  25. he11raiser

    he11raiser TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok it's fixed!.. all my drivers i think are updated. how do i find out wut driver need to be updated?.
     
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