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XP won't boot

By Ajohnson3819
Jul 8, 2010
  1. So recently I decided to restart my computer after installing the Daemon Tools program for mounting ISO's. Upon restarting I found that my computer would load past the Manufacturer's Screen except a brief view at the boot options (Safe Mode etc.) before the computer would restart again. This would continue indefinitely.

    So what I've done to remedy this is to create a Windows XP Bootdisk on a Flash Drive which works splendidly, yet I know this is only a temporary fix. I'm wondering if there is any permanent fix to my PC itself.

    Things I know so far:
    -Daemon Tools installs a new Disk driver
    -This could mean a problem with drivers?​
    -The OS does not start without a flashdrive containing the i386 folder and other required files.
    -My computer does not have an i386 folder in the C:\ directory
    -FIXMBR and FIXBOOT commands in the Recovery Console have been tried twice already with no results.

    I feel like I've exhausted all of my own knowledge on the subject so I'm asking for a little assistance.
     
  2. kalsun

    kalsun TS Rookie

    I have a booting problem on a 7 year old IBM Think Pad.
    The Windows comes up,tells me to start with 5 options(Safe Mode,Last
    start etc.) and when I click the line,tells me it is shutting off for my protection
    and loops around and comes back to the starting options page.
    Has anyone had this experience.Please let me know how to get this booted up
     
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    @kalsun: please create your own thread so you can get clear diagnosis information
     
  4. Ajohnson3819

    Ajohnson3819 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Jobeard, I was actually about to suggest the same thing.
     
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    can you boot Safe Mode (w/o the stick) and run SFC /SCANNOW ?
     
  6. Ajohnson3819

    Ajohnson3819 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The screen that allows the option of Safe Mode only appears momentarily (1-2 seconds) before the computer restarts once again. So, I believe the answer is no. I am on the computer right now, without the stick in because the stick is only required up until I physically log in. So if what you're suggesting can be done outside of Safe Mode, then yes I can.
     
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    hmm; run->eventvwr.msc and look for ERRORS in the system events.

    The system reboots because
    • there's a failure in system service
    • and the config allows REBOOT
    when you find the service that is failing run->services.msc (using Admin)
    dbl-click the service name
    click the Recovery Tab
    set all three failure modes to Take No Action
    and then click OK

    reboot and wait for the next event
     
  8. Ajohnson3819

    Ajohnson3819 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, I checked under the "System" Submenu for ERROR's and there are 3 pertaining to just around the time I restarted my computer today. The one that struck me as odd was

    "The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: Beep".

    I have no clue what this means. The other two were

    "The ScreenCamera HR service failed to start due to the following error: The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it."

    and

    "The Automatic Updates service terminated with the following error: The specified module could not be found. "

    That's what I've done so far, but when I tried to find the services that correspond to the ERRORs, none of the ones I found in the Event Log show up. "Beep" for example was not on the list.
     
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    leave the stick mounted & get a command prompt (run->cmd)
    assuming the stick is DL G:\
    g:\
    cd I386
    expand beep.sy_ c:\windows\system32\drivers\beep.sys

    run->services.msc
    find the ScreenCamera HR
    set the startup to DISABLE for now​
    set it DISABLED for now too.

    system should boot clean again and then we can resolve WHY
     
  10. Ajohnson3819

    Ajohnson3819 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, I did everything mentioned except for the ScreenCamera HR bit because I can't find that anywhere in the services list. XP wouldn't start, once again, without the aid of the Flash Drive. The "Beep" error is no longer occurring, nor is the automatic update one. The only errors left are:

    Service 'WMPNetworkSvc' did not start correctly because QueryService encountered error '0x80004002'. In Windows Media Player, turn off media sharing, and then turn it back on.

    and

    The ScreenCamera HR service failed to start due to the following error:
    The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.
     
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    Windows Media Player issue;
    diable or uninstall it - - we can always download another copy
    is this one of these?
    Disable or Uninstall it too and we'll deal with it later too ...
     
  12. Ajohnson3819

    Ajohnson3819 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I dealt with the Windows Media Player issue (I hope), but I honestly have no clue where this ScreenCamera HR error is coming from. I believe I downloaded it in order to stream my desktop/monitor through video chat, but I am positive I uninstalled it. I did a search for it, twice, and manually searched for it through various folders, but to no avail.
     
  13. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    ok - - -

    download Spybot S&D and install it

    run from Admin
    don't bother to run update just yet

    on the menu bar: Mode->Advanced
    click Tools on the left
    click System Startups (if missing, on the right [x] System Startups)
    you get a list of
    [x] HK_LM:Run Value Command line ​
    look for the ScreenCamera in the Value or Command Line columns

    if found, clear [ ] the box in front of it and then click the top window X close button

    reboot *if* ScreenCamera was found
     
  14. Ajohnson3819

    Ajohnson3819 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ScreenCamera wasn't found, but I did find something very interesting the last time I started up my computer. Without the flashdrive, when it gets to the Boot Options screen asking whether or not I want to start in safe mode, it flashes "NTDETECT FAILED" just before restarting the computer. This seemed vital, so I tried using command prompt to copy NTDETECT.COM to my C:\ drive, which worked, but the restart still failed without the use of a FLash Drive.
     
  15. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    interesting. The following *must* be located in the root of the boot HD (typically C:\ )
    1. Ntdetect.com
    2. NTLDR (notice, no extension on the name)
    3. boot.ini

    there's a (should be) duplicate of Ntdetect.com in the \Windows\Driver Cache\i386
    which says your stick\i386 will have one too or Ntdetect.co_ which can be expanded like before

    the Boot.ini is critical, but also trivial to configure
    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /noexecute=optout

    With all (3) of the above located correctly, you should boot ok. I would have suggested
    running fixmbr followed by fixboot but that is unlikely to do much as
    The boot strap loader takes the control over the booting process and loads NTLDR. Ntdetect.com is invoked by NTLDR,
    and returns the information it gathers to NTLDR when finished, so that it can then be passed on to Ntoskrnl.exe,
    the Windows kernel.
    so you're already getting to NTLDR via the MBR settings
     
  16. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    you will need your original CD, but suggest you run SFC /SCANNOW
     
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