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Unsuccessful startup, can't boot Toshiba Satellite 1405-S151 running Win XP

Posted on 2007-08-04
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As  stated in subject line, can not get this laptop to boot up.  goes to an error mesage stating "Windows did not start successfully".  Starting in safe mode, able to see that it loads about 20 commands, and always stops on "....Windows/sys32/drivers/alim1541.sys".  Have no clue what or why.  did get into bios simply because I did not know what else I could check out, found things as normal as I could expect, thought may have screwed up boot order but was going to HDD as should.  

If I let it start Windows normally from the errror message screen, it tries to start for about 5 seconds.  Just as it fails, you can see a blue screen flash and dissappear.  Can't seem to captue it or slow it down to read message.  Appears to be two very short paragraphs, maybe one sentance in first, 2-3 in the second.

Do have the Restore disks, but don't want to lose my friends data.

-Is there a way to capture and read the blue sceen error message?
-Is it even necccessary?
-Can I use restore disks without trashing data?
-Might it be to far gone to worry with any of this?

Thanks E-E Community,
Question by:Gale W
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try reseating your memory

this is normally a STOP 0x0000007B (INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE).  or divide by zero error

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Screen_of_Death

Microsoft Windows can also be configured to send live debugging information to a kernel debugger running on a separate computer. (Windows XP also allows for kernel debugging from the machine that is running the OS.) If a blue screen error is encountered while a live kernel debugger is attached to the system, Windows will halt execution and cause the debugger to "break in", rather than displaying the BSOD. The debugger can then be used to examine the contents of memory and determine the source of the problem.

do you have another pc that could ask as the debugger
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No, restore disks wont help on this issue unless you use them to wipe all data on the drive. I would take the hard drive out and casing a usb external closure or use a ide adapter to hook up on other system and copy data off. Then, use restore disks to install.

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Think I'd like to try the debugger second (reset memory first, even substituted chip, no joy), but how do I connect the two units and what do I do once the connection is made?

Thanks folks!
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The message "Windows/sys32/drivers/alim1541.sys" indicated the Ali AGP video problem, so you might have either video card or motherboard issue here. Try access bios and reset all to default settings.

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Thanks folks, but still no joy here.  Unsure what Bios settings should be, but did select "set defaults" on all fields in both screens of Bios settings.  Would like to attempt Debugger with another PC per IanTH's suggestion.  But how do I connect the laptop & PC, and what do I ask the PC to do once connected?


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Just got it fixed last evening.  A local friend used a Windows 2000 Professional utility to fix the disk and it works now.  He found the Windows XP had been corrupted beyond recognition, even the Toshiba boot disks would get it going.

Thanks to the folks who sumitted answers, but none were solutions to the problem.


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