No boot sequence after repairing xp and reloading cmos

By PartyHardWK ยท 7 replies
Jul 12, 2009
  1. I decided to upgrade to Windows XP SP3 so i put the disc in and booted it up (i already had sp2 installed) and i got to the choice to upgrade or repair and like the fool i am i repaired it (it was 3 in the morning). After it was finished repairing it restarted and got stuck in an endless boot cycle going from the motherboard boot screen to windows loading screen to a screen that said something about autocheck failed, skipping auto check. Then it just restarted the cycle. I decided to go into the bios and try anything i could to fix this so the first thing i did was reload the cmos just out of curiosity and after it did so, it rebooted to nothing, the tower turns on and functions as if its loading windows and all but nothing shows on the monitor which just stays in standby mode. Anyone have a clue as to whats going on here and how i can fix this problem? Any help is greatly appreciated. The mobo is a BIOSTAR TForce TF570SLI.
  2. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    This probably won't be much help but I had a similar problem when installing SP2, I just uninstalled it from the control panel (add/remove programs). It doesn't look like you'll have that option so you'll need to try a 'system restore'.
    Sorry, this is about all I can suggest.
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,185   +469

    Did you use a full Windows XP SP3 CD to try to upgrade a SP2 installation or did you use a SP3 ONLY disk to do so? If it was a full Windows CD, you would have had to perform a clean install rather than a repair install. If you have a full Windows SP3 CD, set the boot order to CD drive, boot from the CD and perform clean full install.
  4. PartyHardWK

    PartyHardWK TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    cant get into the bios man...
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,185   +469

    When you said "reload" the CMOS, what did you mean and how did you do it? What about my questions regarding the Windows CD?
  6. PartyHardWK

    PartyHardWK TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    neither windows vista or xp cd would boot. I went into the bios and went to the standard cmos features and it said "reload cmos" so i pressed that one...
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,185   +469

    I would try resetting the CMOS by removing the battery for several minutes. That should set the BIOS back to factory defaults. Be sure to unplug or switch off the power supply first. If you can get back into the BIOS, you can then set the CD/DVD drive as the first boot device and try booting from the Windows CD again.

    Alternately, you could press the Tab key when it PC first starts to get to the boot menu and set the boot order temporarily without actually going into the BIOS. However, I don't think that would fix the BIOS problem.
  8. PartyHardWK

    PartyHardWK TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Thanks for that info, i removed and put back in the cmos battery and that did the trick. thanks for the help!
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