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Boot Problem in Win Me!!!

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Pentium class system with 52MB RAM and 2 hard drives, 800MHz

Can boot into safe mode but when attempting to boot into WinMe as you normaly would you get a blank screen (after inital boot listings and splash screen) and hard drive appears to be "locked" (drive LED light is on constantly but dimmed).

Tried re-installing WinMe, re-installed to different directory, formated drive and re-installed, pulled cards out, etc. -- got same ol', same ol'.

Any suggestions?
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1) Do an fdisk /mbr - you may have a boot virus.

2) I would recommend that you download a diagnostic disk from your harddrive manufacturer's url. This will tell you right off where you are at and if
   you can recover from it. It may be under warranty, the hard drives are usually covered for three years and you can make out the RMA on their site
                     also. Depending on the manufacturer of the hard drive, you can download diagnostic utilities from their sites to check the drives.
 www.seagate.com
  www.maxtor.com 
   www.westerndigital.com
    www.ibm.com 
http://www.storage.ibm.com/techsup/hddtech/welcome.htm
    www.fujitsu.com 

3) Reseat all cables etc.

4) Do it with just the VGA card installed.

5) It could be a motherboard/RAM or other hardware problem

I hope this helps !
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Did you previously have a NTFS partition ?
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I almost did a scan of the hard drive with diagnostics that Seagate sent me (I am a Seagate reseller)....but guess since the drive seemed to perform OK I opted out...I will scan the drive and scan for virus's. Did it with just the VGA card and got the same results.

Thanks, I will try your suggestions.
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No previous NTFS partition
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I'm glad you got this working  !
What was the final resolution ??
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I won't be able (because of my schedule) to try your suggesions until Tuesday the 24th, but will make a point to let you know the result.
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