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I have a 1.4 Athlon computer with 256 megs of Micron Ram, Microstar motherboard, GeForce graphics card (I cant remember exactly which one), and Windows 2k. I am on a different computer right now because my real computer died while I was at school, and I didn't have time to fix it.

Long Part :sleep:

One day the computer restarted mysteriously on its own, and I thought nothing of it, but this eventually led to no starting whatsoever. We determined it was the power supply, but after installing a new power supply, the computer lasted for three days and died again. It would power up, but not go into boot mode on BIOS. The screen stayed blank. We determined the Microstar motherboard was the culprit after reading forum posts (my uncle is a computer tech who helped me out). We got a new motherboard from the company, but it flaked. We got another, and it flaked, too. Then, the the main developer guru checked the board himself to make sure it was OK, and he sent it on over, and I CAN power up my computer. The first try worked fine, and I decided to clean it up a bit, so I began to uninstall some things and update it. Then it restarted mysteriously. Uh oh.

Well, it restarts in BIOS fine with no errors. When it gets to the windows screen it crashes when detecting Network connections or when doing something before that. I am not sure how to solve the problem because the computer crashes to a blue screen of death 2k style, and the computer restarts about .2 seconds after the blue screen appears (I can't read the error). If I were to leave the computer on, it would fire up and restart at this error indefinitely (I assume). Any suggestions?

I can go into BIOS and edit stuff there. I cannot get into Safe Mode because the computer dies earlier in booting Safe Mode than it does in booting Normal Mode.

This is my first post, so be kind and welcome me with a good response. :D
 

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Next to me

I have the computer set up next to me, so I can work on both at the same time. I have noticed that the keyboard works (Caps, Scroll and Num Locks) until the W2kPro screen comes up to load (the little bar that moves from 0 to 100%). They no longer toggle on and off (keyboard lights) at this point.
 

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Thanks

I am going to try to boot into Safe Mode. I went to the listed Boot Disk site on here and made the 4 Window 2kPro boot disks, which I was trying until I saw these posts.

Cheers to you who responded so quickly. I want to get moving on this so I can play NWN and work on Web Sites for my employer at the same time. :D :angel: :bandit:
 

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No Dice

I tried booting into Safe Mode and the computer froze. I cannot use the restart button, so I have to hold down the power button for 5 seconds and completely reboot.

I tried booting into Safe Mode with Networking, and the computer restarts immediately after the Starting Windows bar completes.

I tried booting into Safe Mode with Command Prompt, and the computer restarts immediately after the Starting Windows bar completes as well.

This is bizarre. In normal boot I at least get a Windows Screen.

By the way, I have a GE Force 2 MX (64 MB). I did not include this in the description.
 

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Virus Protection

Yes I have Virus Protection, and it was always running because I was on a Campus Sever - Norton was part of our computing package. I always updated. I am letting it constantly reboot, and I have even tried booting from my Windows 2000 Pro CD, and the Directory Services Restore Mode. Enable Boot Logging has been tried as well, but I don't know how to read the boot log.

Any more ideas? Is there a way I can reinstall W2kPro without losing everything? Some stuff on here is irreplaceable. :| :no:


Hey I've noticed that the blue screen says something about dump and physical memory. I am trying to decipher things in the .2 second blink of the blue screen. I think it says contact technical support, too. How utterly ironic.
 

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Searching

I am going to search for one, but if I can't find one laying around, can I take that HD and put it as a slave somehow in my Dell (the one I am typing on) and back stuff up here?

I am still searching, but I can't find the 2Gig I used to have lying around here. :no:
 

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Cool.. Getting Late

Alright, it's late now, and I just had a late dinner, so I will work on the rest of this tomorrow between web design and going to German class. I am going to slave this HD in the Dell I am on now, and see if I can access the drive to back it up. If that is finished and actually works, I will format and reinstall 2kPro.

Both computers run Win2kPro, so I don't see a conflict with NTFS drives or such. Thanks for the help so far. My uncle worked on this comp for the first two months of the summer, and it still is not fixed, so I really need to get my computer running again before going to college in end of August. I used to have such a beautifully fast system.. sigh.. X(
 

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A bit

Well, I am currently backing up everything I need and sorting through the HD, which is slaved in the computer I am writing on.

After this is done, I guess I should use fdisk, but can I use fdisk from this computer and just pop the 0000 HD back in my "broken" computer?

I am optimistic now. :D
 

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Format

I am formating the HD right now with the W2kPro format option in Explorer. I doubt this is the best way, but I am just going ahead and formating the disk now that it is backed up.
 

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Odd

Well, I formated the HD, and something odd appears. Capacity: 12.6, Free: 12.5, Used: 67.5 MB. I guess this is normal? I just formated the HD and there is about 68 MB of used spaced on it?

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W2kPro Setup Error

My Windows 2000 Pro disk is failing to setup for some reason, so I am not sure how to run setup for Windows 2k Pro now.

I should add that I made my Win2kPro disk from a "Dell Only" disk because my computer wasn't entirely a Dell anymore (I upgraded nearly everything). The disk has worked in the past, so I don't know why it isn't working now, but I am going to try installing Win98 and upgrading from the FAT32 drive to the NTFS during the upgrade from Win98 to win2kpro. The last time I wiped my system clean I had to install win98 first, too. Sigh. :no: :tongue2:
 

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Recap

OK, so the problem drive is in the problem PC. I put the problem drive in my good computer and formated from there after backing it up. Now the problem drive is being formated during the setup for win2kpro, which never completes due to an error.
 

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The HD size is correctly detected, and the HD is a Western Digital 12.7 Gig.


Here is the error during Windows 2000 Professional Setup:

The following value in the .SIF file used by Setup is corrupted or missing:

Value 0 on the line in section [SourceDiskFiles] with key "SP1.cab."

Setup cannot continue. To quit setup, press F3.
 

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Ok, sorry bout that. The drive is very very old, but I do have the Universal Boot Disk that came with it. However, a couple of files on it are corrupt now, so I made the 4-disk Win2kPro boots. In other words, the floppy died. :( When you mean wipe do you mean format? I formated it as a slave on this computer (the one I'm typing on), and I formated two or three times before attempting to install.
 

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Heh, yes I don't know much about this sort of thing. I am a web designer, and hell I don't even know that much about web design. But when you get hired you don't ask questions. :D

This process is listed at taking 67 minutes, yowza.
 

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Yeah, it isn't taking 67 minutes.. I think the 120 gig would take 2 days because mine is taking roughing 3.5 hours. multiply that by 10 and you take my 12 gig and get a 120 gig, 3.5 hours becomes 35 hours give or take. That's a day and a half. That equals outrageoridiculoludicrousity.
 
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