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Ok, so I rebooted the ol' windows xp for a refresh and it won't post.

 

stops at the first screen that says

 

hit tab to post or del to enter bios setup

 

it used to just go on to windows without any interaction at that screen but

 

now it won't pass that screen no matter what key i hit

 

 

sound like a dead motherboard or what ?????

 

thanks for your input

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well I unplugged the usb chord running to a printer that won't power up and the pc rebooted.

 

hmmmm

 

might just be time to do that windows xp clean re-install thing I been putting off.

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Possibly something like a short in the USB cable/printer that's locking up the motherboard? I wouldn't think Windows, if it won't even POST.

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well I unplugged the usb chord running to a printer that won't power up and the pc rebooted.

 

Since newer computers now allow booting from USB this would explain your problem. It hung trying to identify the device or find a boot record at the end of the USB cable.

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I believe you are probably right, madman.

 

Thanks all.

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don't mean to piggyback, but I got a computer like that, it will start to boot, get to the windows XP splash page, then go back into reboot mode, the go to the splash page, over and over...i found a site that says that it might be the memory...can that be true?

 

 

Thanks

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Yes Jayson can certainly be a memory issue. If you have other memory just try changing one of the cards of memory to isolate which one might be bad, if more than one module. If you only have one module, then take it out and see if you can use it in another machine or a friends machine. Won't wreck anything as long as the memory is compatible with the computer. This will isolate that.

 

It could also be a faulty hard drive as well.

 

Try cleaning the edge connections of the memory module with a rubber the plastic ones and make sure it seats properly as well. Another solution that works at times.

 

Also check all cables are seated properly as well.

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Yes, it could be memory...or several other things. A hard drive as flashram mentioned or the motherboard going bad could also be the problem. Other possible culprits would be bad software drivers, a currupt registry or even a virus. Do you have a bootable CD or DVD? If you can boot to one of these and it runs then that would rule out the memory and motherboard being the problem. You can then investigate the hard drive or other software issues.

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I had the same problem on another problem, did a reinstall and was able to fix the problem, but did not want to do a reinstall...what i plan on doing in take the HD out, and see if my computer will reconize it. Then go from therer......

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Did you try booting to safe mode? and run antivirus and spybot?

 

 

sometimes windows might be looking for a driver it can't find.

 

Did you try a step by step boot?

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