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Running a Dell Inspiron 8000 notebook.  Win2k pro.  The system starts up with no apparent problems.  After entering the username and password, the system does not continue beyond the logging in dialog box (you know that small WIN2k screen that appears after you click on OK).  The HD light goes on and off, but does not stay on consistently.  I am able to boot into safe mode with no trouble (just seems to take a little extra time).  The system is not hooked up to a network.  Tried running a repair off the Win2k CD, but nothing changed.
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by:CrazyOne
CrazyOne earned 375 total points
ID: 10671013
the profile may be corrupted. Try a different account

Aslso try one of these to see if a startup program is the cuplprit

MSCONFIG for Win 2000
http://www.insideproject.com/showguide.cfm?guideid=31
http://www.insideproject.com/downloads/msconfig2k/msconfig.zip

StartupCop
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,2173,00.asp

AutoRuns
http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/source/misc.shtml#autoruns

Startup Control Panel
http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
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StartupMonitor
http://www.mlin.net/StartupMonitor.shtml
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by:janders6
ID: 10671198
Additional Notes:
On the last try I went with the option of starting up with last known good reg config.  Doing that brought up the menu bar and clock, but not the start button or any of the usual icons.  When the mouse was held over the bar it showed the hour glass and wouldn't allow you to click on anything.

Going to the Task List, the CPU is doing next to nothing after a minute (runs 75-90% for a short while, then drops down to 0-10% till I get sick of waiting and turn it off).  The memory usage is also minimal.

I would try another account on the system (two accounts, the one I'm doing this with and an Adminstrators account) but the ISS guy that put this system together didn't use our standard password list (to top it all off I'm his replacement now).  So, I'm some what stuck on that point for the time being.

I downloaded AutoRuns, I'll try that once in Safe Mode and see what I come up with.  Thanks so far.
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nsilicane earned 375 total points
ID: 10678843
Download the MSCONFIG program that Crazyone linked to above.  Start into Safe Mode and run MSCONFIG.  If your so inclined you can compare the various Startup items to this site:
http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm
and then disable the unneeded ones.  I would personally recommend disabling all the non-essential items and seeing if the system boots then.  If it does boot you can add items back to the startup as needed (or until the system stops working again).
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by:janders6
ID: 10681055
I decided to split the points.  The decision was made over my head to just backup what I could in Safe Mode and reinstall the OS.  Since you both seemed to give similar info, I opted to split the points.  Pity is I had to specify only one of you as the accepted answer.
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