Windows XP Boot Failure : System Halted

By TechRanger
Dec 28, 2007
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  1. Hopefully someone here can help me. :)

    I have an older comp that I was using, and it was working great. Then when I disconnected it and moved it downstairs it all of a sudden can't boot. It first goes to a flashing curser then to what appears to be a memory test then Boot Failure: System Halted. I can't even get to the BIOS to check boot order (because there appears to be a password on the setup, which I don’t know) I went to reinstall the OS thinking that was the problem, and it won't even boot from the disc. I'm at a loss. :( I'm going to check the insides to make sure the cablings are all ok, but other then that. I have no idea. If anyone ca think of a way for me to install the OS. I'm sure I can go from there (hopefully). Thanks
  2. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    First thing to check should be that the IDE cables are properly seated

    If you have 2 sticks of RAM in there, i would try removing one stick and boot, if it still doesn't work insert the other stick and try to boot. You can also try changing the jumpers on your drives to change the boot order
  3. TechRanger

    TechRanger Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I'll give that a try. Do you have any ideas on how to get it to aleast read the CD rom so I can boot the OS install?
  4. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    Like I said I would open the case and check the IDE cables (Ribbon looking cables) make sure they are plugged in good, would have been easy enough for one to wiggle loose

    If that doesn't work, does your CD-rom spin when you put in the disk?
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