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Windows Xp will not boot up + i cant boot up in safe mode

I was using my pc and then it restarted, came up with an error warning, after about 1 hour it did the same again, but now i can get into windows. Windows Xp will not boot up + i cant boot up in safe mode, safe mode hangs on gagp30kx.sys and then restarts. i have tried building a boot disc by selecting Tools,Folder Options ,show Hidden files and and folders,then View Tab. unchecked "Hide Protected Operating System Files (recommended) and copied the files ntldr,ntdetect.com and boot.ini onto the disk. i  used the disk when Windows XP won't boot,place the disk in the drive,and then re-boot,the computer, but Windows did not bypass the basic boot files on the hard drive, instead it did'nt read the disc stating that it is not a system disc. i tried using recovery console but it gets stuck on examing the disc (i say stuck it's been examing the disc for 10 minutes now), i have a retail windows xp disc, i could install windows with out fornmating the hard drive, thus keeping all my files. Any advice would be helpful.
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myfootsmellsCommented:
(1) Boot up the system and enter the BIOS.  Make sure the 1st boot device is the CDROM.
(2) Stick in the WinXP retail version and boot off of it.
(3) When WinXP Setup appears, press 'R' to enter the Recovery Console.
(4) Follow the directions until you reach the prompt.
(5) Type in:  chkdsk c: /r and press enter.

This will run a check disk on your hard drive to make sure there are no errors.  Sometimes, hard drives that have errors on them will display similar symptoms.

Try this and get back to us.

Thanks,

myfootsmells
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
or maybe not

try a repair install on windows using your cd :)
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andrewdunkAuthor Commented:
i dont seem to be able to get into the recovery Consol how long should it normaly take.
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myfootsmellsCommented:
You're booting from the WinXP CD correct?  When does it get stuck? Before or after you press R to access the recovery console?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
dont bother with the recovery console try a repair install

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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andrewdunkAuthor Commented:
after i press R, it tells me that it is checking disc at the bottom of the screen, but after 10min nothing happen
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myfootsmellsCommented:
Why not bother?  It's a whole lot faster than doing a repair install.
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myfootsmellsCommented:
In that case try following Jay_Jay's advice.  I'd wait a little longer and see if anything happens though.  Is it at least reading ur hard drive?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
i only said dont bother andrew said above that recov console falls over :)
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troyhmcseCommented:
Couple of things that can be done.

From my research it's a MS AGP(Graphics card) sys file.
 
You can use a PE disk like Bart PE to load a GUI and find the relevant files and rename it or replace it, check drivers folder and remove relevant drivers or find what hardware/driver owns that file and remove that hardware/driver via PE. Obviously it's something to do with your videocard so uninstall it.

second thing to do is to do a new folder install. that means going into recovery console, renaming the windows folder and documents and settings folder. Once you have done that you can reinstall. Only do this option if the Repair and Bart PE options don't work.

Good luck  
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andrewdunkAuthor Commented:
well i could not complete any of the above, so i have plugged my HDD into my other pc, i have run a scan disk and virus check, everything is ok. Deep in the back of my mind i believe there are some files i can over wite on the damged hdd to allow boot up. i think these files are in C:\WINDOWS\system32, maybe i'm wrong. any help would be very much welcome
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andrewdunkAuthor Commented:
I think it might be these C:\WINDOWS\repair,
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troyhmcseCommented:
Thats where windows keeps a copy of your initial registry hives.

From my experience with errors like yours, I've use a pre installation environment tool like Bart PE to resolve it or new folder/parrallel install.

I suggest you you download PE builder from another computer and make a Bart PE disk.  
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myfootsmellsCommented:
You know, if you've already moved the drive to another computer, you might as well copy over the files you need and do a clean install of WinXP.

Just make sure you know where the installation CDs are for your programs
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
why could you not complete a windows repair?
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troyhmcseCommented:
Ok you have plugged the HDD into another computer, well first thing I would do is check to see where gagp30kx.sys lives in your system. search for it and rename it, then try boot again.
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troyhmcseCommented:
even try to replace it. you can find a copy by using google
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dnojcdCommented:
http://www.dynamiclink.nl/htmfiles/rframes/info_sys/info_g/5.htm . you can get the gagp30.kx.sys file from the above link.
This may  happens because the graphics card driver is corrupted.i think you are using a GEforce graphics card
I found the same problem in other forum also. the author is of the opinion that the graphics card driver is having some conflict with xp SP graphics drivers
http://www.short-media.com/forum/showthread.php?p=224441
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scrathcyboyCommented:
The GEAR driver gagp30kx.sys is incompatible with many other drivers in windows.  Need to get to recovery console, and disable the gagp30kx.sys driver there, then system boot fine.
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JimsZCommented:
Was there just a recent update you did to windows XP that caused this?  Maybe installation of SP2 or another update?   If so, find out if there is a command line you can use from recovery console to remove it.  Either that or put another graphics card into your box, then go into safe mode and remove the drivers for the card you have, shut down, re-install your card and reload drivers
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