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Windows does not start

By akarimov
Feb 19, 2010
  1. I formatted my computer, and install a legal and clean copy of the windows xp. I have installed the same cd on the same computer before and it worked perfectly.

    Here is what happens. I turn on the computer, and then Windows starts loading. Its the screen where the bar is loading. Suddenly, the screen goes black and that's it. Nothing is happening, but computer is still running.

    I tried to start the windows in safe mode, and it worked, but normal start does not work. It is a clean copy of windows, i know that for sure.

    What could be the problem??
    Thanks
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    What are your complete system specs?
     
  3. akarimov

    akarimov TS Rookie Topic Starter

    its a
    1.7ghz processor
    1.26 gig of (dont remember the exact number)
    40gig of harddrive

    I had this computer for over ten years now, and it worked perfectly; never gave me trouble; i reformatted it and installed a fresh copy of windows once in a while; and it worked ok, but now ....
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    10 years... on-board video? Is the hard drive original? Memory original? It may be time to upgrade the computer with a new power supply, motherboard, CPU and memory. Are there any puffy or exploded capacitors on the motherboard near the CPU?
     
  5. akarimov

    akarimov TS Rookie Topic Starter

    just before i formatted it. i was backing up all the data from it. and it worked perfectly, gave no problems at all. i stopped using this computer maybe 2-3 months ago, and it was working without glitches. the equipment is outdated, but it is still in great shape. I opened it, nothing looks out of place
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Capacitors are little metal cans around the CPU socket. The CPU heat sink might be hiding the "puffy" caps. An untrained eye might not see "anything out of place"... I am positive something has died in it, or you wouldn't have posted here. Some easy things to rule out are hard drive and memory. At 10 years anything can be bad, including CD or DVD drives
     
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    @tmagic650

    In their first post
    They can boot into safe mode but not normal mode. Would that still likely indicate hardware issue? (Or maybe just software issue? Maybe try a repair install?)
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yeah LookinAround,
    I missed that... driver issue? akarimov has installed Windows successfully many times. Bad PCI modem or network card?
     
  9. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    @Tmagic650

    I know. Is easy to skim through posts and miss some detail. Done so many times myself!

    @akarimov
    Try starting in normal mode but using the base video drivers
    Start->Run, enter msconfig
    Click Boot.ini tab, check Basevideo box, click OK then Restart
     
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I can't imagine a 10 year old computer not having some sort of hardware failure here. What about CPU thermal paste drying out and turning into cement? Or an original CMOS battery still working correctly
     
  11. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    I hear ya.. but if it consistently boots into safe mode (but not normal mode) then i'm not sure. Tho it might just be the video card... which needs to do more "stuff" with the normal driver running. So maybe just "base video" running or maybe with the video driver uninstalled might make the difference (to test it more like during a safe mode startup)?? dunno... just guesses here
     
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