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System Failure - Operating System question

Postby jemmo » Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:34 pm

I'm in a bit of a quandry.

I was running Malwarebytes and I had a crash causing the sytem to reboot. I'm running (or rather I was running) XP pro.
Now, when the system boots, it goes through POST, gets to a driver file and reboots. And repeats. So I guess I have a corrupt driver file.
I have tried booting from a floppy but using DOS commands but I am unable to see the main C: drive. I can only 'CD' to a secondary drive with various files.
So, I'm wondering what the best option is.
What makes things worse, I'm damned if I can find where my XP CD is.
So I was thinking of getting a XP Pro OEM CD (off ebay) as they are quite cheap these days, then installing on a new hard drive, and connecting the dodgy C: drive as a slave and rescuing any personal data. The current drive is IDE, and I have a new SATA.
After this, I was thinking of getting one of the software packages I have sen that will transfer all of the installed programs etc onto the new hard drive.

But, my first question is, would I be better opting for a newer operating system, and would I be able to still connect the dodgy drive as a slave and use the transfer software?

Secondly, are these transfer tools any good (can anyone recommend one) or would I be better off just reinstalling all the programs I have?

Lastly, is there a better solution?

Thanks.
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Re: System Failure - Operating System question

Postby liljim » Sun Sep 25, 2011 1:09 pm

Hey jemmo

If it were me, i would go to win 7 and start fresh with software. I wouldnt even attempt to transfer over installed programs but i would add that drive just to get normal data off.

Alternately, at what point is the machine rebooting? what driver file? maybe we can straighten that prob out.
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Re: System Failure - Operating System question

Postby jemmo » Sat Oct 01, 2011 3:57 pm

It was sticking at ACPI something in POST.

But I purchase a WIndows Rescue disc off ebay and managed to get it going.
It's been okay for a week or so now but just keeping an eye on it - nothing untoward has happened - other than McAfee eating all the resource (gotta get rid of McAfee).

The only other issue I have is trying to install more RAM, and I am getting the constant fast bleep code. According to the mobo manual this means 'Power'. But 'Power' what?

It will recognise 3 sticks but won't boot, 4 sticks and I get the bleep codes. All RAM is the same (Kingston KVR400X64C3A/1G). I reckon it could be the mobo.
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Re: System Failure - Operating System question

Postby icecube » Sat Oct 08, 2011 5:28 am

Hi Jemmo

You probably have a bad stick of memory. Down load windows memory testor, here is a link. Burn the iso and run the test, great little program. http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp-- it runs on boot in DOS so its quick.
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