My computer hangs up and stops working at the Windows welcome scre

Discussion in 'Windows 64 Bit' started by KR, Nov 6, 2008.

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    KR Guest

    I have just built at new gaming system and desided to load windows XP Pro as
    the main OS. At first it would not recognize the new SATA drive as a boot
    drive so I installed a new PATA drive. The OS installed ok this time but when
    it started to boot it froze up at the welcome screen.

    Can anyone offer any sugestions???????
    KR, Nov 6, 2008
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    Carlos Guest

    Is it Windows XP Pro 32-bit or 64-bit?
    This is a 64-bit exclusive NG.
    All that being said, the first step is to unplug as many unnecessary devices
    as you can and disable in BIOS unnecesary ports (serial, parallel, etc.) and
    Just make a bare metal installation and see what happens.
    Installation of Windows on a SATA drive might require you to have an "F6
    disk", which is a floppy containing the SATA drivers to make the installation
    program "see" it.
    Carlos, Nov 6, 2008
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  3. Also, try cutting the memory down to a single stick.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Nov 6, 2008
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    KR Guest

    Thanks guys I will give your sugestions a try. As for wheather my OS is 32bit
    or 64bit I am not really sure. It is a retail box version of MS-Windows XP
    Pro. W/SP2........... The user manual and other paper work that came with it
    doesnot indicate one way or the other.
    KR, Nov 7, 2008
  5. Then it's 32-bit.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Nov 7, 2008
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, KR.

    As Charlie says, chances are about 99+% that it's 32-bit.

    To test for sure, just remember <Win>+<Break>.

    Keyboards are not all the same, but most have the Windows key (often called
    Start or the Windows logo key) in the lower left, and the Pause/Break key in
    the upper right area. Use the Win key like a Shift key while you press the
    Break key. The System Properties page should pop up on your screen. While
    there have been some variations from one Windows version to the next, this
    has worked at least since Windows 95. (Control Panel | System should get
    you to the same screen, but <Win>+<Break> is quicker and always available,
    no matter what else your computer is doing.) Somewhere on that screen, it
    will say 64-bit - or not. SOME 32-bit versions say 32-bit, others are
    silent about this, but if it doesn't say 64-bit, then it's 32-bit. This
    screen doesn't tell you about your hardware, but it tells which OS you are
    running. Many users nowadays are running 32-bit Windows XP or Vista on a
    64-bit CPU.

    Whenever asking for help in any NG nowadays, be sure to mention your full OS
    version. It eliminates a couple of layers of follow-up questions and should
    get your answer more quickly.

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 0908 in Windows 7 x64 6801)
    R. C. White, Dec 11, 2008
  7. Won't work on my keyboards, RC. I'm still using (and buying when I can find
    them) my old Northgate keyboards. Ctrl key next to the A, Alt key at the
    outside bottom edges, Caps Lock next to Shift, and function keys along the
    right hand side. And no Windows keys. At all. ;)
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Dec 11, 2008
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Charlie.

    I never had a Northgate keyboard, but I heard good things about them. But
    that key layout is so 20th Century! :^{

    <Win>+<Break> is one of my favorite shortcuts. I used it several times just

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 0908 in Win7 x64 6801)
    R. C. White, Dec 12, 2008
  9. Well, I don't miss it. MUCH more important to have my control key next to
    the A where I can reach it for Ctrl+ combinations. Most of my Word macros
    are dependent on that, and this way I don't have to move my fingers from the
    home keys, nor look down at the keyboard. Also, having the function keys on
    the left is a lot easier for me, though not as critical.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Dec 12, 2008
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    XS11E Guest

    Don't blame you, I'm very fond of the IBM "Clicky" keyboards. I get
    along very well w/o the Windows keys.
    XS11E, Dec 12, 2008
  11. Yup, the Northgates have that same clicky feel. And weigh in at 2.4 kg (5
    Lbs) apiece.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Dec 13, 2008
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    John Barnes Guest

    I've never had a computer that is frozen let me use any key, just the power
    button. :)
    John Barnes, Dec 13, 2008
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