win2k everlasting boot progress

By nessusman
Jun 30, 2007
  1. i've got one machine here with win2ksp4.
    when it shows the progress bar... then it'll shows that forever.
    i've done the repairs (win2k cd) except fix the master boot records.
    what should i do?
    the RAM is SD 128...
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    I am a regular user of W2k, but I am not understanding what you are telling me...

    Is it just slow... or does it stop all together?

    What antivirus and which antispyware are yu using?

    One problem with W2K is that a lot of the security software doesn't really work on it well anymore because Microsoft says it is "No Longer Supported"

    Tell us more about where you have installed it... computer, or motherboard, and other configuration details... cable vs telephone or DSL... and so on. And what your security software is... age, age of hard drive, how long OS has been installed.
  3. nessusman

    nessusman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    win2k sp4

    dell optiplex GX 150

    12b sd ram

    20 GB pata hdd

    52x cd rom

    installed for 3 years

    when comes to progress bar of win2k (black and whit screen) before passes to win2k boot it will stuck there forever..

    avg free 7.5
  4. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

  5. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    My guess is your hard drive is going bad. For all brands and models except Toshiba drives, you can go to the manufacturer's web site and download their drive fitness tests to quickly learn if it is going bad or has other problems. Also look at the S.M.A.R.T results.

    I am a bit dumb so I don't know what 12b sd ram is, but you need more ram to run W2K well with SP4. The continual updates provide so much bloat that the system cannot survive it.

    And finally, you might want to take another look at your security by runnning an outside scan for infestations such as Virus, Spyware, and the like... Being aware that a lot of the antivirus and Antispyware companies no longer support Windows 2000. Try, also, Spybot and Adaware 2007.

    Then download and run HiJack This latest version and see what is reported there.
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