xp repair doesn't fix - dead pc?

  sebkarlsson 13:50 18 May 2008
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Hi all,

Two days ago I wake up and go to the computer, which has been on overnight, and see that the screen is scrambled bits of colour. I restart. Windows won't boot and get's stuck at loading page, then freezes. So I restart in safe mode. Same result. :( I restart with last known good configuartion. Same result. :( I can't run safe mode with command prompt either (all I want to do is do a system restore!). I then get a boot cd with tools and run hardware tests on m/b, hdd (incl. chkdsk), graphics card and memory. All seem to be fine.

I then get this boot cd that let's me run a very minimal version of windows (with networking). I can access data on drive c: (this is a 35mb drive b: with this cd) and I can see my data seems to be fine. Yet I can't run programs from c:, I can't run operations from c: (mainly privilidges I guess).

So now I finally found my xp pro cd and have carried out a repair on the current version of xp. Same result. I can't boot windows. I've failed to mention that I have also repaired both the boot and mbr with the repair console.

I don't know what else I can do or where the problem could lie?? Am I now just looking at getting a new hdd and doing a clean install on there and transferring over? New pc?

I appreciate all answers very much!

Seb

  Ditch999 13:58 18 May 2008

If you can boot from a cd and have run diagnostics then it is most likely a software issue. Have you tried a System Restore from Recovery Console after booting from XP CD? click here

  sebkarlsson 23:51 19 May 2008

thanks ditch!

Sorry, bit long for the reply. I have now run a manual system restore from the recovery console and that achieved nothing - it still hangs at windows load screen. Then I carried out an upgrade/repair install. Same result. I have fixed the boot and carried a different manual restore of the registry (it didn't let me do the same before). Still I cannot run windows, even in safe mode.

I can access the drive from this live cd, have tested RAM, graphics, video and hard disk and carried out a repair install, what else can I do?? :( I'm quickly losing any hope.

  woodchip 00:11 20 May 2008

My guess also is faulty Hard Drive, check cpu fan is working ok

  woodchip 00:12 20 May 2008

PSU can also be the problem

  sebkarlsson 13:14 20 May 2008

Thanks, although my fan seems to be working ok, I'll test the heat on the cpu. Will try to find a tool on my boot cd that will test psu - I guess stress or burn-in tests should be able to check both these factors? (I'll have to play around with them, i'm no technician)

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