I still have no solution to this problem. Will Sheldon had some useful suggestions for me yesterday, but messing around with boot.ini did not do anything. The /sos option did not display anything. I also tried stuff like /safeboot, /safeboot:minimal, /basevideo and etc. It seems that the problem happens before NT loader even gets to parse the ini file soo none of these instructions really do much.
Ben on the other hand seems to think it might be a power supply problem. It could be but I have full access to the hard drive when I boot off the CD. It just doesn’t boot. As far as I can tell my problem is somewhat unique. I have yet to find someone having exactly the same problem. There are a lot of documented issues out there that are somewhat similar (ie share the blinking dash thing) but most actually make sense and are some sort of easily solvable driver problems.
Either way, I figured out that I take a vid of what is happening so that you guys can see the what is this thing all about. This was taken at approximately 3am in a dark room with my Nikon Coolpix S50 so sorry for the quality. Also, don’t mind the mess on my desk.
The computer usually doesn’t sit on the floor like that. It’s actually tucked in the nifty little “computer shelf” of my desk but I moved it out when I was ripping out all the USB cables from the back hoping this will fix the issue.
And yes, that is a Think Geek binary clock on top of the monitor. :mrgreen:
I wiped the drive clean and reinstalled Windows on it today. My machine boots once again. I already transfered my firefox profile from the backup drive so I’m 80% back to normal. Now I will need to slowly install all the little pieces of software that I will need. I’ll probably keep it light this time – this is bound to happen again. I just wonder when – I got 2 months out of it last time around. Let’s see how long can I go this time…
[tags]windows, blinking dash, winxp, windows problem, youtube, boot problem[/tags]