When PC started up it gets past the single post bleep, loads up some IRQs and then hangs. I have found that using a boot disk or booting from Acronis rescue disk gets windows going and all appears to behave normally.
I tried restore but no change in last weeks when all was booting correctly.
I then tried all of my Acronis images, going back to the first one and every time the same problem. All previous images booted normally in the past. I have run out of ideas.
The Acronis image does have an MBR on it and I included this in the restore, but as above no change.
I have used Recovery Console to fix MBR and boot and this has not made any difference.
Yes, I thought so as well and I have checked device manager and no problems there. Any where else to check?
Tapping F8 no joy nothing happens. I can only get into safe mode via boot disk.
"loads up some IRQs and then hangs"
It loads up to 10 items and then hangs. For the life of me I cannot remember whether there were any more loaded in the past when it worked properly.
Interestingly when the boot floppy takes over booting into windows it starts at the point where without the boot disk the system hangs. I do not see on screen any further hardware / drivers being loaded once floppy takes over.