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My desktop computer is screwed.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Trevorus, Apr 21, 2006.


  1. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    It won't boot. Tried a Win XP restore, it won't boot. Safe mode, won't boot. HDD wipe are reinstall, won't boot. It'll get into windows, then everything locks... What do I do???
     
  2. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    When booting in safe mode, it seems to hang on a driver called agp440.sys

    Any clues?
     
  3. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Saw that, but the recovery console locks even...
     
  4. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Did a restore with my OEM cd's. It goes to the "Please wait while Windows prepares to start.." and it just sits.
     
  5. Throw it out a window.
     
  6. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    +1
     
  7. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    You people aren't helping...

    I'm predisposed to destruction anyways...

    :p
     
  8. Linux?
     
  9. popinfresh

    popinfresh

    Dec 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Aus
    Stop looking at porn?
     
  10. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    I had something similar happen when the hard drive went bad on my laptop. I had a diagnostics suite that I could run from the bios and that was able to quickly identify the problem. Can you get into the bios settings?
     
  11. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Sure can. Let me know what that program is!
     
  12. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Looks like a video card driver. Do you have a video card or onboard video?

    -Mike
     
  13. It does look like a video card driver, but may not be. Could be a multi usb reader too or something else.

    If you've already wiped and reinstalled try it again, but this time take out all the PCI cards etc. and make sure that no other hardware is plugged in. If that gets going ok, then add one piece of hardward at a time (ie: soundcard etc) with a proper driver install and reboot after each piece of hardware. Do you have another video card to try if it's not onboard video?

    Have you recently updated your BIOS? You may want to try that too. Don't use anything BETA though, just the latest known working BIOS for that board.

    Is it the memory? Try taking one stick out if there's more than one. You may also want to try memtest.

    Maybe chkdsk/r would help but I doubt it if you've already reformatted and reinstalled and it's still the same problem.

    Make sure you do all the Windows and other software updates after you get it going again. Also make sure your firewall and antivirus are installed and up to date as much as possible before putting it online!!!!
     
  14. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Yeah, I took out the video card and stuck with the onboard. The other card I have installed is a SATA card, and a network card. I'm not quite sure what it's hanging up on, but it won't get past the little loader screen when you start windoze for the first time.
     
  15. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Ok, now a different setup CD tells me that the registry could not be updated. So it won't work...
     
  16. Maverick Blues

    Maverick Blues Being a Thumper is all about ATTITUDE!

    Apr 28, 2005
    Richmond, VA
    Do you have another drive you can drop in there, format, and try loading Windows onto? Doesn't have to be big enough or fast enough to be usable... just to see if you can get through the install and boot.

    By far the most common problem I've had with all the machines I've used through the years has been hard drive failures (so I tend to check that first if it's a possible cause). Motherboard and PSU follow that. Never a memory, video card, or CPU failure... dunno if that's typical or not, though. (I tend to run my machines 24/7 also, which surely skews things.)

    Good luck... keep us posted...

    'rick
     
  17. re partition the drive making a small partition and then a large one load windows on the second one this usually works if the hard drive is screwed up
     
  18. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    The rcovery cd's make a partition automagically. I think I just got it working with the new drive. I'll hook up my old HDD with an external power supply and dump the files off of it.
     
  19. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Alright, now when it gets to setting up windows time settings and all the junk, it locks. This is with EVERY expansion card removed and in factory condition.
     

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