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Win2k hangs at startup

Posted on 2002-04-10
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Last Modified: 2010-05-18
Last week everything was going fine ,then i left for the weekend and when i came back for some reasons when booting Win2k , it ramdomly hangs somewhere between the password box and the loading of the desktop , but I never get to to do anything on the desktop before it just locks up dead(I cant use CTRL+ALT+DEL)

But in safe mode with networking , everything is fine.

I've tried uninstalling all the software i didnt needed , stopping services not needed and the startup programs using StartUp Cop , updating all the drivers and all the windows updates but i still cant reach the desktop in normal mode before it locks up.

I thought the memory could be the problem so i set all the config in the BIOS to the safest options and i tried other sticks of memory and no change.I tried clearing the CMOS too , but that didnt do anything.

My setup is as follow:
athlon xp 1600
ECS K7S5A w/LAN Mobo
128mb PC133
gf4 MX440
40gb Maxtor
Win2k SP2 with all the updates possible to date.

Also , the temperatures are not a problem , 37C for the cpu and 24C for the mobo

I would really appreciate any help for fixing this problem.

Question by:The_Poche

Author Comment

ID: 6933109
I forgot to mention , when in the event viewer , the only thing there is , is "Event log was started"
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Expert Comment

ID: 6933155
Sounds like you have a courrupted system file.

Try this. Go to safe mode and do Start > Run sfc /scannow

The Crazy One
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ID: 6933165
If that doesn't work then you may have a corrupted registry hive. The following MS KB article is about XP but you can do the same thing in Win2000. Although keep in mind where you see the article mentioning c:\windows\..... in Win2000 this is usually c:\WINNT\

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Also in safe mode when you open Device Manager do you see any thing there that indicates there is a confilct? Usually if there is you will see a red or yellow icon residing next to the offending device.

Is the system connected to a network? Could be a problem with the Network Card. Whether or not you are connected to a network if there is a Network card you might try pulling it and Deleting the driver from the Device Manager.

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ID: 6934189
I've got this before, are you running any antivirus ie to scan the system for any viruses. Cant remember what virus I found...

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ID: 6935383
I tried the sfc /scannow , but it didnt do anything. For the registry thing , i'll wait a little before doing this , cause today I managed to get a little further and found out that the service "Sytem" (not "system idle process") is using 100% of the CPU all the time when booting in normal mode , but safe mode , it doesnt , so i'm gonna play around with the services a litlle and let you know whats up.
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It sounds like a virus or a bad program in startup.

 Cleanup the startup stuff. For  NT or win2k,
Download the Startup COP a free pcmag utility from
 Run it and it will show you everything that is listed in all the possible startup
 places, and allow you to disable things one at a time until the problem is eliminated.
 A lot of probelms are caused by excess old baggage - programs that have not been properly  un-installed. Startup Cop will eliminate leftovers and un-wanted programs that you no longer want.
Older Antivirus programs and Norton Utilities have been known to cause problems
try disabling them also !

Update and run 2 good, updated antivirus program- Norton, McAffee etc.
I hope this helps !
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Umm SysExpert Poche said
"I've tried uninstalling all the software i didnt needed , stopping services not needed and the startup programs using StartUp Cop" :>)

Author Comment

ID: 6935982
Well guys , I took the easy way out .... a:\>format c:
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I am curious why didn't you at least try doing the registry thing metnioned in this link? It may of saved you from having to reformat. :>)


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