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
     
    David Robinson, Sep 25, 2004
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  3. Graham Chapman

    BigH2K Guest

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

    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
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  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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