XPSP3 PC Hangs b4 starting windows

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By mariPCIssue
Nov 7, 2010
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  1. PC Info:
    XPSP3 (an authentic copy)
    Dell 2.4GHz
    2GB Ram
    I have to drives (recovery and main boot drives)

    I think I have a bug on my BIOS.

    Problem:
    The problem started after I was on Facebook (Had Win SP2 an authentic copy) and I reloaded the page and the page only displayed FB's loading vertical rectangles (in a way I had not seen before), across the top right of the page. After that I ran Norton 360 v.4 and didn't find any bugs. Eventually, I restarted my PC and I would hang before Windows had an opportunity to start. The only way to get the PC to start was to force the PC off and then unplug the power supply 3 times before I could eventually get windows (windows logo) to start.


    Some of the things I did:
    - I was able to eventually run Norton through safe mode and it didn't find any bugs.

    - I was able to update my PC to Win SP3 through the MS Update Site

    - I tried booting from CD drive and after many failed attempts I was able to reinstall Win SP3 on my boot drive. But, my PC continues to hang before windows starts, the same way it was doing before.

    Some of the errors I had, prior to Installing XP SP3:
    - Windows setup file nvrd32.sys could not be found setup failed. ( So I reinstalled GeForce 8600, my nVidia Chipset, and Theater 650 Pro which are all my nVidia drivers).

    - <windowsroot>\system32\hal.dll is corrupt or missing ( I searched for this file and it was on my PC)


    Any advice is greatly appreciated!!
  2. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 45,279   +243

    Welcome aboard [​IMG]

    I don't see how this is malware related, do you?
  3. mariPCIssue

    mariPCIssue Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thx. Broni

    I would consider viruses malware. If I'm posting in the wrong location, can you plz direct me to the right place. Thank you.
  4. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 45,279   +243

    OK, is the computer bootable in any mode?
  5. mariPCIssue

    mariPCIssue Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I can boot from the CD Drive, but it takes multiple attempts (The only way to get the PC to start is to force the PC off and then unplug the power supply 3 times before I could eventually get windows to start.)
  6. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 45,279   +243

    I doubt, we're dealing with any infection here, but, if you wish....

    Please, complete all steps listed here: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic58138.html
    Make sure, you PASTE all logs. If some log exceeds 50,000 characters post limit, split it between couple of replies.
    Attached logs won't be reviewed.
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