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    I have WINXP laptop and lately about every third day it fails to start. "Loading Windows XP" is all I can see and you can never get in. I tried through safe mode, or last known good configuration, but yet it just hangs on the boot up screen. And about after several hours i can go to safe mode and then i do a system restore and 9 out of 10 times it works. It is hell annoying and I am a little concerned even shutting down it, not knowing whether it will start up again. All my data is on an external hard drive (160 gb).
    I did scan disk etc. didnt really find any errors.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    I.am
    <span style='color:black'> I am a part of all that I have met - Lord Tennyson</span>
    <span style='color:blue'>Try not to let your mind wander...it is too small and fragile to be out by itself</span>

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    its prolly time for a formatt and clean install

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    That is one of the options but I am not considering that right now. Has anyone encountered the same thing or can speculate for the reasons and possible solutions to this?
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    Originally posted by I.am+30 October 2003 - 01:30--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (I.am &#064; 30 October 2003 - 01:30)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>That is one of the options but I am not considering that right now. Has anyone encountered the same thing or can speculate for the reasons and possible solutions to this?[/b]

    You said previously:

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    @29 October 2003 - 23:38
    I did scan disk etc. didnt really find any errors.[/quote]

    What do you mean, it "didn&#39;t really" find any errors? Either there were or weren&#39;t errors.

    Check your RAM using Memtest. Let it run overnight and replace it if there&#39;s any errors.
    Check the hard drive for errors using WinXP&#39;s Checkdisk utility, making sure there&#39;s a tick (checkmark) in both boxes.
    if your font size is this small i'll add you to my ignore list because you're wasting my time, OK?

  5. Software & Hardware   -   #5
    Originally posted by Smurfette+29 October 2003 - 20:41--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Smurfette @ 29 October 2003 - 20:41)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
    Originally posted by I.am@29 October 2003 - 23:38
    I did scan disk etc. didnt really find any errors.
    What do you mean, it "didn&#39;t really" find any errors? Either there were or weren&#39;t errors.
    [/b]

    I was expecting some errors and it didnt find errors. Its just an expression for God&#39;s sake.


    Check the hard drive for errors using WinXP&#39;s Checkdisk utility, making sure there&#39;s a tick (checkmark) in both boxes.
    Have you read what I wrote:
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    @29 October 2003 - 23:38
    I did scan disk etc. didnt really find any errors.[/quote]

    I have done scan disk/ check disk with obviously a check in both the boxes.


    I will try the Memtest you mentioned tonight. (How can this be related could you give some insight?)
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    Originally posted by I.am+30 October 2003 - 01:52--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (I.am &#064; 30 October 2003 - 01:52)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
    Originally posted by Smurfette@29 October 2003 - 20:41
    Originally posted by I.am@29 October 2003 - 23:38
    I did scan disk etc. didnt really find any errors.
    What do you mean, it "didn&#39;t really" find any errors? Either there were or weren&#39;t errors.
    I was expecting some errors and it didnt find errors. Its just an expression for God&#39;s sake.


    Check the hard drive for errors using WinXP&#39;s Checkdisk utility, making sure there&#39;s a tick (checkmark) in both boxes.
    Have you read what I wrote:
    <!--QuoteBegin-I.am
    @29 October 2003 - 23:38
    I did scan disk etc. didnt really find any errors.
    I have done scan disk/ check disk with obviously a check in both the boxes.


    I will try the Memtest you mentioned tonight. (How can this be related could you give some insight?)[/b][/quote]

    Hey, gimme a break&#33; No-one can help with a line like that - you might&#39;ve meant that it only found a corrupt user.bin file or even that you only lost a gig of pr0n LOL.

    When you load Windows, the registry is loaded into memory and when you quit Windows writes it back to disk; if you&#39;ve got a bad stick then what gets written back is corrupt.
    I&#39;ve had this myself with 2 separate sticks (on 2 different mobos and 3 different HDDs as well) - random corruption of the registry that sometimes manifested itself as registry errors on bootup, sometimes just hanging on boot and sometimes resetting half way through the boot.
    That&#39;s not to say it&#39;s your problem but it&#39;s something to throw in the mix.
    if your font size is this small i'll add you to my ignore list because you're wasting my time, OK?

  7. Software & Hardware   -   #7
    Originally posted by Smurfette@29 October 2003 - 21:03

    When you load Windows, the registry is loaded into memory and when you quit Windows writes it back to disk; if you&#39;ve got a bad stick then what gets written back is corrupt.
    I&#39;ve had this myself with 2 separate sticks (on 2 different mobos and 3 different HDDs as well) - random corruption of the registry that sometimes manifested itself as registry errors on bootup, sometimes just hanging on boot and sometimes resetting half way through the boot.
    That&#39;s not to say it&#39;s your problem but it&#39;s something to throw in the mix.
    Better&#33; I prefer actual answers than people confronting me for unnecessary stuff.

    Anyhow, I will do a Memtest, although it doesnt seem to be the case in mine, but I am not losing anything trying that so I will.

    Cheers&#33;
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    Having re-read my original post, it does seem a little confrontational, which was not my intent. The trouble with written words is not being able to hear the tone as one would in a voice.

    I didn&#39;t say why as you said there weren&#39;t errors, but running checkdisk with those settings is like the old scandisk &#39;thorough&#39; setting, which would enable you to mark bad sectors as such and perform a repair-install (not that bloody useless recovery console thing) to salvage what you could before changing the HDD.
    if your font size is this small i'll add you to my ignore list because you're wasting my time, OK?

  9. Software & Hardware   -   #9
    Originally posted by Smurfette@29 October 2003 - 22:32
    Having re-read my original post, it does seem a little confrontational, which was not my intent. The trouble with written words is not being able to hear the tone as one would in a voice.

    I didn&#39;t say why as you said there weren&#39;t errors, but running checkdisk with those settings is like the old scandisk &#39;thorough&#39; setting, which would enable you to mark bad sectors as such and perform a repair-install (not that bloody useless recovery console thing) to salvage what you could before changing the HDD.
    So it is.

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    Thats what I meant. I did the scandisk = checkdisk, with thorough setting already. My last option was system restore which i dont usually prefer but does come in handy at times like this. I dont think there are bad sectors in the HDD. It has to be something else. I might just do a reinstall to see if that helps. Otherwise last resort would be to format my hdd which I havent done since i bought the laptop(2 yrs - i know )
    <span style='color:black'> I am a part of all that I have met - Lord Tennyson</span>
    <span style='color:blue'>Try not to let your mind wander...it is too small and fragile to be out by itself</span>

  10. Software & Hardware   -   #10
    It didn&#39;t work. Anyone else has any suggestions/ insight into this?
    *bump*
    <span style='color:black'> I am a part of all that I have met - Lord Tennyson</span>
    <span style='color:blue'>Try not to let your mind wander...it is too small and fragile to be out by itself</span>

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