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XP with SP3 hangs in safe mode and normal mode with no activity RRS feed

  • Question

  • Business computer that has been in use for 6 years.  Recently started to hang / freeze in normal mode, usually overnight with no activity.  Has become more frequent.  

    Brought system up in safe mode and system hangs (with no messages) within 30 minutes with no activity.

    Updated mouse driver and verified that display driver is up to date.

    Have run full scans with Symantec Corp edition and Windows Defender.

    Running 5.1.2600

    Dell 2400 desktop

    Sunday, October 23, 2011 4:21 PM

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  • repair the windows xp installation:

    Set your first boot device in the Bios to CD-Rom. Insert your Windows XP CD, save the bios settings and exit. Soon "Press any key to boot of CD" will appear on the screen, hit the space bar to continue.

    Now setup will inspect your hardware and software, it then will load various files required for the repair. Just wait and be patient, this may take a few moments.

    Soon a menu will appear, press enter to continue.

    Now the "End User Agreement" Press "F8" if you agree, "ESC" if you don't. 

    You will now have to select the installation you wish to repair. Usually there is only one, but sometimes, there may be 2 or more (i.e. you have done a parallel install to resolve a problem), use the up/down arrow key to select the install, and then press "R" to continue.

    Setup will now examine the disk be patient, it can take a few minutes.

    Setup will go through a percentage - 1 to 100%

    A screen will soon appear. Press "F3" to continue

    Now setup will reboot system, wait 15 seconds or just press enter.

    Now it is time to see if this has solved your problems.


    Regards, h9ck3r.
    Sunday, October 23, 2011 4:41 PM
  • Thanks. I'll give it a try.
    Sunday, October 23, 2011 6:32 PM