Windows XP Will not boot, SAFEMODE & Normal

By linkz0r ยท 24 replies
Jul 4, 2007
  1. Hello all,

    Currently, My windows XP is not booting in either safemode or normal mode. In the normal bootup, it is loading to the login screen but as soon as it reaches there, the computer screen goes black. In safemode on the other hand, it just stops when the text screen comes up and wont go inside it.

    Ive tried many things. Earlier, when i was able to go into safemode, I tried to run a chkdsk. It asked me if I wanted to run it again next time i started up and whenever i load now, the system runs a chkdsk just like when you restart improperly. The chkdsk, when running, goes into stage 4/5 and just stops at 93% before blacking out again.

    sadly, i also have disabled system restore.

    the problem happened after i started trying to resolve some spyware issues with HiJackThis. I removed some pieces and dont know if i screwed up the startup data. So when i was able to get into safemode a while earlier, i restored all of this. Now i am at the current stage where i cannot boot neither safemode or normal.

    I will try my best to provide other information if it is needed. Thanks for anyhelp in advance :)
  2. linkz0r

    linkz0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Just some basic information.
    CPU: AMD 64+ 3500 - something like that
    2 dvd drives.. -.- computer wont boot up, i have it all in a file.

    edit: i have already looked at this thread.

    When i try to repair, it says my hard drive was not detected. However, this was also the case when i was able to get into safemode and it IS there.
  3. herr5407

    herr5407 TS Rookie Posts: 101

    Try to boot into the recovery console using your XP CD and type fixboot. That's if you can boot into the recovery console.

    Always be cautious with HiJack this. It's a powerful tool that can quickly mangle you PC (as seen here possibly).

    Let me know how booting to the recovery console works and if it doesn't work, I can suggest a couple things afterwards.

    Also do you remember much of what you removed with hijack this?
  4. linkz0r

    linkz0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21


    I cant get into recovery console right now. When i try, it states that there are no detected hard drives. I remember with Hijackthis that I removed some things that were marked as spyware. I might have removed something by mistake though =/ but i shouldve restored it all in safe mode
  5. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    Try going into "setup". See if those drives are listed there, or if they are not "seen" either. Take out battery to reset bios, just in case. That's a rough one.
  6. linkz0r

    linkz0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21


    yup the drives are still there. thank goodness
  7. linkz0r

    linkz0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    hmm anyone else? this seems to have no good outcomes because i cant boot into anything =/
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    consider installing a 'parallel system'; boot the CD and install into a new
    directory eg \windows2
  9. linkz0r

    linkz0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    ok thanks, ill try that
    my only concerns are if it detects a HD or not and if its going to be easy to remove :p

    yup same error "windows cannot detect a HD"
  10. linkz0r

    linkz0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    is there anyway to stop windows from resetting itself?
    IE. go to the blue screen with the critical error line? i recall being able to do this last time when something happened but i forgot how to do it
  11. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    You provided little info and your profile, as is usual with many posters, has nothing there as well.

    What kind of drive(s), how many, set up in bios as what????

    While I may not be able to help, it is a whole lot easier when you provide something to work with.

    Ya know?

  12. linkz0r

    linkz0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    haha sorry im relatively BAD with computers
    from my bios
    1st boot device is my floppy
    2nd is VIA VT6420 1st HDD its my only hard drive
    3rd is my DVD players

    my hard drive i believe is seagate 250gig
  13. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

  14. linkz0r

    linkz0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    okay thanks for the link

    how do i find all these things out right now? i did not set up my computer and all the specs are on a file on it right now which i cannot access

    the first download link on that site seems to be old and doesnt refer me to a file, i tried to look for file 330 but im not sure if thats the right one ( doesnt seem to be the right one.

    help? lol
  15. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    You need to go to the Asus site and downloard the manual for your motherboard.

    Then READ IT!

    The A8V (don't know if it is different for the A8V Deluxe) is a bit of a early board in the Sata line so it may not support AHCI.

    You probably need to install what that site says are 'Raid' drivers for the Vista chipset to get the OS install to see the drive. edit: and those are available from the Asus site - so go get the info.
  16. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    Hard drive cable? (intermittent short).
  17. linkz0r

    linkz0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    ill do what u said right now, my cables are in tact and fine :)
  18. linkz0r

    linkz0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    ok so i downloaded the driver. so what i do is during windows setup, i press F6 and boot this from a floppy, and install the driver?
    what does it mean by this

    "Make sure VT6420 BIOS is executed by the system BIOS when POST"?
  19. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    I have no idea - you must remember that Asus is an Oriental company and is often inscrutible.

    As a guess, it means to be sure and use the F6 floppy during initial OS install boot to add the VT6420 drivers.

  20. linkz0r

    linkz0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    okay great! i can get int othe recovery console.. finally it recognizes my HD. what do i do from here? how do i get my OS fixed?

    i tried the fixboot command but it didnt work. ok so now im trying the repair install and came across 2 errors but fixed them. VIAAGP something couldnt be detected so i dl'd it and put it on a floppy and used that. Also"The procedure entry point GetIUMS could not be located in the dynamic link library msdart.dll". I just followed these steps foudn on

    1. Press Shift+F10 to open up a DOS box
    2. Type taskmgr.exe and press ENTER from the command line
    3. When the task mananger opens, select the Processes tab
    4. Select the unregmp2.exe and end it
    5. Click the Applications tab
    6. Select the error window and click End Task
    7. The window will close, you can exit your DOS box, and continue installation

    so right now im patiently waiting :) thanks all for ur help and ill ask if i have any other issues!
  21. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Just keep plodding - lol.

    If Repair doesn't work then you need to save what you REALLY need by slaving that drive and copying then do a fresh install.


  22. linkz0r

    linkz0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    yup it works! thanks for the great help. do you know anything about the Marvell drivers for ethernet? i cant connect to the internet and i think i may have to reinstall all the drivers for my computer to work now lol.
  23. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Order suggested:

    Operating system
    Motherboard chipset
    Input Drivers (if needed - eg, keyboard/mouse)
    Modem (Desktop computers have a separate CD for the modem)
    Network card/chipset

    Connect to internet:

    Service pack update(s) and all the security and other updates since the last service pack

    edit: a note for you - Your registry is now chock full of details about stuff you previously had installed (programs, locations, etc) that won't really all be correct now. I recommend, now that you control, to copy any data etc you wanna save to cd and then do a clean install. You are gonna have to download all the security updates anyway and sp2 if it isn't on your cd so why not?
  24. linkz0r

    linkz0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21


    okay so you suggest a copy of all important files from C:\ drive, format it, then clean install?
  25. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Yes. I have always looked at Repair Install as a way to get control and save valuable data. Knowing that there WAS a problem and it could be lurking still has encouraged me to re-install. You might also look into a 0-fill before hand.

    Anyway, gl and have fun.


    edit: I may be wrong about the registry, but I hate having things done halfway so I reinstall anyway.
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