PC wont boot.

  Hetti 09:32 20 Apr 2010

I replaced my hard drive in my stand by PC, all was well for a week of so (Idont use this PC much now it is only a spare). Now when I try to boot up it goes to the Windows logo and then the progress bar just stops.(Win XP)
I did have this problem before replacing the hard drive, and thought I had sloved this by replacing it (and as i say it did work fine for a while after replacing it)
PC is about 4 years old so do I persevere or call it a day? I would like to have it as a spere but need to look at costs that maybe involved.

  howard64 09:44 20 Apr 2010

this could be a power supply problem - 1 line not putting sufficient voltage out. The psu is usually a cheap simple replacement and well worth trying.

  Hetti 10:18 20 Apr 2010

OK Howard,
Ill do that.
Next question is how do I find out which PSU I need for my pc.

  ame 12:31 20 Apr 2010

Before you replace the PSU I suggest you start in safe mode and see what happens - read the screen until it stops. Sometimes driver conflicts etc can cause Windows to hang during boot up. Had you recently added any devices or changed drivers?

Re. PSU, best to open case and check make/model/wattage then list existing connectors in use - i.e. no. and type.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:01 20 Apr 2010

XP stopping at the scrolling bars is usually a driver problem.

You need to try and start in safe mode (tap F8 during boot until menu appears)

Once in safe mode try disabling divers one by one until you find the problem (start with the graphics driver) then reinstall / update drivers.

  Hetti 13:56 20 Apr 2010

Thanks all

Pc will not start in safe mode ethier, Ill check all you say before I get PSU.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:05 20 Apr 2010

Do you have a XP CD?

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

  Hetti 15:23 20 Apr 2010

Fruit Bat/\0/\
i did that and it seems to have worked PC booted fine.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:24 20 Apr 2010

Glad your sorted.

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