Unable to start in safe mode

By WarriorMP
Jan 6, 2010
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  1. WarriorMP

    WarriorMP Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 29

    There's also a line under C:WINDOWS>copy /? that says The destination cannot be removable media. I'm assuming that means "flash drive" and "burnable cd's" as they are
    "removable media".
  2. HellfireXD

    HellfireXD Newcomer, in training Posts: 28

    if you can boot into the Vista OS there should be no problem accessing the XP HDD. that would be much easier then using the DOS commands in the recovery console.

    there is a different command you can use:
    xcopy /E /I C:\Documents and Settings\"YOURNAME" D:\"YOURNAME"
    replace "YOURNAME" with your username

    as far as burning to CD's the computer needs certain drivers to burn CD's and im not failure on how to load those drivers using DOS commands. most likely the same thing for the USB drives im guessing.
    im not a good with DOS commands as i would like to be.
  3. WarriorMP

    WarriorMP Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 29

    Well OK!
    I did the reinstall as you discribed previously and everything seems to be back in order :). All my files seem to be left in tact (atleast for the moment.) Although, as this HDD is not part of this comp, I'm getting "Since Windows was first activated on this machine the hardware has significantly changed. You have 3 days to activate your copy of Windows".

    The hardware changed as this HDD doesn't belong in the case it's in now so I'll have to place it back in it's original case and see if things still work. Cross your fingers...
  4. WarriorMP

    WarriorMP Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 29

    HellFireXD,
    you've been MOST Helpfull in assisting me with this problem and I can't thank you enough!

    There was no way to access the Vista OS as there's only one CD Drive in that case and no floppy. I have another SATA cable but didn't think the two Operating Sys.'s would recognize each other so I didn't even bother to connect both HDD's in the same case. Just been swapping out parts.
    Would you believe this all started from downloading a voice over program for Team Speak? (long story). Damn MorphVox and Vuze. I'll be uninstalling those as soon as possible.
  5. WarriorMP

    WarriorMP Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 29

    Another thought is now that the HDD is back running again, and after I return it to it's origianl case since the HDD in the dell is also SATA I can put that in there too as a back-up drive but I'd most likely have to reformate it and install XP since it's Vista now. Problem is though I don't have any install cd's for it. One of the problems it has is it won't sign on line through a router, only when directly plugged into the modem so I was going to reformat it anyway.
  6. WarriorMP

    WarriorMP Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 29

    just did a restart before swapping to see if everything is still ok and I get an "Error: Unknown SEEPROM Device (Devid-1320c2)" Error box has "nvsulib" in upper left corner. I click ok and it appears again, click ok and it's gone fully. Not sure what that's about but everything else seems to be in tact.
  7. WarriorMP

    WarriorMP Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 29

    Ok, Just swapped the HDD to it's original case and.... NOTHING :-(. It didn't work. Screen stayed black and there was no "post" beep. HDD light came on then went out. Switched the SATA input on the board from SATA 1 to SATA 2 and still nothing. Also tried the monitor cable in the on-board graphics with the same result. Put the HDD back into the DELL case and she fires up. Of course there's the usual "since you last installed windows blah blah... but I'm lookin at my old desk top.
    So, I think either the board is fried or the 9600 GSO is fried. Going to try and swap the video card into the DELL and see. (Have to move the P/S over also as there's no PCIe power connector on the DELL P/S)
  8. HellfireXD

    HellfireXD Newcomer, in training Posts: 28

    most likely its not the GPU, do you get any sound from the speakers maybe a windows startup tone? do the systems fans spin up, lights, etc?
    hopefully not but it could be that the motherboard is dieing and that could have caused the HDD to malfunction and cause a bad sector on the HDD where the ATAPI.sys file was located.
  9. WarriorMP

    WarriorMP Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 29

    All the system fans spool up along with all the lights. The HDD lilght (amber) comes on then goes out and remains out. The Power on stays lit continuously. There is no sound what so ever.
    Going Way back (just prior to failure) there was a voice over program for Team Speak that I downloaded. Through some freak twist of nature after I installed the screen went black then came back on with a little error box with an "alpha numeric code" and a count down timer from 30 sec. at the end of the timer the system shut down.
    I restarted and thus began my journey. After a series of repeated restarts I shut down (hard power off). when I went to start it back up, that's when I got nothing. No video signal, no "post" beep, NOTHING. and that's where I am now. (Only now I/We got the HDD back.)
    There was absolutely NO indication of any system part failing. Matter of fact I built this rig back in Feb of '09 brand new.
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