weird bootup problem

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Graham Chapman, Sep 25, 2004.

  1. Hi, I've just noticed that whenever I start the PC from a cold boot, the
    error message comes up "we apologize for the inconvence but windows did
    not start normally,blah blah, etc.. and it highlights the start windows
    normally. I click that, then the PC reboots all over again, and the same
    error message reappears! So, it seems to go on in a constant error
    cycle. I've pulled my original xp disc out, started recovery console,
    tried fixboot, tried fixmbr, but the problem keeps appearing! I've
    checked the connections, the CMOS set-up, to make sure it's found the
    HDD OK but everything appears normal. I'm suspecting a virus, but surely
    fixing the mbr, would have sorted that out? I puzzled as to why this
    keeps happening! If i persist with the cycle, keep pressing the "start
    windows normally" after a while it boots normally! weird...
    Graham A+
    Graham Chapman, Sep 25, 2004
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  2. Could it be a faulty IDE cable? I had one that nearly destroyed over 200GB
    of data before I swapped the cable.

    David Robinson, Sep 25, 2004
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  3. Graham Chapman

    BigH2K Guest

    Check your memory.
    BigH2K, Sep 25, 2004
  4. Could it be a seating problem, or a general problem with the memory?
    Graham A+
    Graham Chapman, Sep 25, 2004
  5. Graham Chapman

    BigH2K Guest

    Reseat it by all means, sticks can "creep" out of their slots over time but
    I've never come across that problem personally.

    I was specifically thinking of running "Memtest86" or similar to check the
    memory isn't actually faulty. I don't know whether this is a general problem
    but I've experienced a lot of faulty memory lately, not just generic either.
    I've just swapped out two sticks of "Crucial" memory from separate machines
    and have just returned a stick of my own "Corsair" high performance RAM

    Incidentally, my RAM was RMAd on Tuesday to Ebuyer and the replacement is
    due on Monday, that's not too shabby and a bit of a surprise too.
    BigH2K, Sep 25, 2004
  6. Graham Chapman

    Lou Scannon Guest

    Problem solved- I think!!! Swapped the sticks over, all seems to be
    running OK now, it might be unseated just a bit....
    Graham A+
    Lou Scannon, Sep 28, 2004
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