Win XP hanging on boot up

  tonyq 17:44 10 Feb 2009

My Evesham Win XP PC (about5yrs old) as started hanging for 4 minutes on boot up at the following screen.
click here
As the picture is not very clear this is what is says.
Phoenix-AwardsBIos v6 . 00PG, AN Energy STAR ALLY
Copyright(C) 1984-2002, Phoenix Techologies Ltd
W6729MS V5.1 050503 15:28:38

Press DEL to Enter Set Up

I have run cccleaner/Superantispyware/antivirus ect.
Have tried System Restore to no avail.

  Pineman100 17:51 10 Feb 2009

Is it making any beeping noises? If so, can you describe them?

  tonyq 17:56 10 Feb 2009

No beeping noises.

  Pineman100 18:03 10 Feb 2009

Can you boot into Safe Mode successfully? Switch the machine on and then immediately start tapping the F8 key.

When you get into the startup options menu, select Safe Mode (without networking) and hit enter. You'll get a load of scrolling white text, and after a minute or two you should get a crude Windows desktop with 'Safe Mode' in all four corners.

  woodchip 18:06 10 Feb 2009

As its not started to load windows, the Hard Drive may need Disc Checker running on iy also a good clean round the SPU Fan Heatsink

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:10 10 Feb 2009

Certainly not a windows problem more like BIOS is struggling to see the hard drive.

My advice is to backup all data immediately then follow woodchip's advice and download the HDD diagnostic tools from your hard drive manufacturer and run that as well.

  tonyq 18:13 10 Feb 2009

I have no problem booting into Safe Mode,I have been in safe mode to run cccleaner/Superantispyware.
Then when I continue to load the hanging screen still happens.

  Pineman100 18:20 10 Feb 2009

Woodchip and Fruit Bat /\0/\ have given you good advice. Take all precautions against the loss of your hard drive, and then check its health.

But if it seems to be OK, and you can get into Safe Mode with no problem, then you might also try using System Restore to roll back to a date before the problem began.

  tonyq 18:41 11 Feb 2009

Hi All,
I have checked the Hard Drive using Win check Disc and all seems well.
What I have come across by accident is that when I remove the USB Dongle(if that is the correct name)that is used for wireless connection,the computer loads O.K.
Please could anyone suggest a reason/cure.

  woodchip 20:06 11 Feb 2009

I sounds like this is a old Computer. Motherboard having problems dealing with USB on boot. You could check BIOS to make sure all USB is Enabled in there

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:10 11 Feb 2009

DISABLE boot from USB in the BIOS

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