It is an AMD Athlon64 3.2+ system running Windows XP. In the last couple of days it has stopped initiating windows after POST. After a windows repair, different RAM, and new video drivers, the system will now run but only from the windows XP CD. It still hangs after completing the POST (with no black screen).
I have also tried FIXMBR as suggested by the microsoft knowledge base, which fixed some bad sectors, but still Windows will not initiate. Short of completely formatting the HD any ideas how to get out of this mess?
As ever, any advice would be very much appreciated!
As I said in my first post, I've tried out the RAM... it was my first thought and actually bought another GB of memory and tried that and still no joy. Plus I'd be surprised if windows would work through the CD if it was a memory issue - you tend to get stop codes when the RAM fails and nasty blue screens!
disconnected everything that you dont need, all the cards, drives such as cd drive, floppy drive and any other drives...then maybe you could find the problem from there?.....does it boot with cd in so you could reinstall windows if it came to the worst situation?
Type sfc /scannow in the run box, press enter and let system file checker find and replace missing / corrupt file in windows and explorer. This will take awhile to complete and you may be asked for the CD to be in the drive if windows is not preinstalled on the hard drive.