Will not boot up

  etlcnes 17:10 10 Mar 2008

Hi there

Have Sony Viao TR5MP running XP SP2.

Machine was working fine, logged off one night, restarted next morning, and will not boot up, enter the 'Windows Did not start successfully screen' I've tried starting normally and machine just reverts back to 'Windows Did not start successfully screen', I've tried last known working config and all I get is 'Windows Did not start successfully screen'

I've tried booting from XP install disk with no joy

Has anyone got any suggestions - machine has new screen and HD (a few months back) so not keen to bin it just yet

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:36 10 Mar 2008

Repair XP by install over the top of existing system

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
click here

  etlcnes 17:39 10 Mar 2008

Thanks Fruit Bat - will give it a go - fingers crossed

  etlcnes 17:50 10 Mar 2008

When the CD runs Windows Setup I get the error message

The file ntfs.sys is corrupted

Press any key to continue

......and the setup fials

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:28 10 Mar 2008

Ntfs.sys missing or corrupt error message click here

  etlcnes 18:41 10 Mar 2008

I do not get the chance to run the Recovery Console as the Windows Setup fails before I get to this point

File setupdd.sys could not be found

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:09 10 Mar 2008

Clean the CD and the drive with a lens cleaner.

  etlcnes 19:16 10 Mar 2008

Swapped the DIMM modules over - as referred to in one of the various articles and it at least now boots up - lets see if I can get it stable

  etlcnes 17:11 10 Aug 2008

Was one of the memory modules

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