Windows XP boot up stops at checking file system
Posted on 2007-10-10
Just began upgrading to new Dell PCs - ran into apparently identical problem on 2 PCs. They ran fine for awhile, and then they failed to boot. During the boot process, the initial Window screen shows - bar at bottom continues to move. Then screen disappears after what seems like a normal time - but then nothing. Screen is blank. Never gets to the login screen.
No problem getting into Safe mode. Tried to eliminate all start up programs and eventually everything else, but still would not boot into Windows. Also tried disabling video drivers in Device Manager.
Then I added the /SOS switch to the boot.ini file to see if I could see exactly where they were stopping in boot up process. Both PCs stop at the same point: Displays both freeze at the following point:
"checking file system on c:
The volume is clean
windows has finished checking the disk."
Any suggestions as to what could be causing this problem? Thank you.