Windows XP Splash Screen Freeze

Hello,

I have a Dell Windows XP machine here that instantly freezes on the splash screen once it appears. Here is what I've done.

1. Swapped the RAM
2. Swapped ide hard drive with another one from another machine (same problem)
3. Tried booting from a live cd....freezes during splash screen as well.

What do you think?
NickCat11Asked:
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NickCat11Connect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Thanks for the responses but unfortunately nothing worked. I am chalking it up to a bad mobo or processor. Thanks again for the help.
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houssam_balloutCommented:
had you run virus scan
had you try system restore


Install & run this utility also (Combofix)

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix
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NickCat11Author Commented:
I can't get anywhere to even attempt that. The computer locks on the splash screen. Safe mode does not work and booting from a live cd freezes on the splash screen as well. Like I also mentioned I swapped out the hard drive with another one and it still freezes.
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houssam_balloutConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Unplug the Hard disk and connect it as slave to another computer, then do system scan and virus scan
Then run the combofix in that computer
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raiden69Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi

Check to see if your machine is overheating
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NickCat11Author Commented:
I apologize I forgot to mention that in my initial post, I did do that first. There were viruses on there that I removed. The problem still remained. That's when I pulled another drive out and tried that and it had the same problem (instantly freezing on the splash screen). Do you think it's a hardware problem?
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NickCat11Author Commented:
I am going to reapply thermal paste to the heatsink and will report back...
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NickCat11Author Commented:
Reapplied thermal paste with no luck...
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flubbsterConnect With a Mentor Commented:
May be worth resetting BIOS back to defaults also. At this point, it is try, test, see....
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raiden69Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Sounds like a hardware issues, only other points of failure could be power supply (unlikely, but dont rule it out)/
Hard drive cables (swap it out if u want).You could also try to do a clean install and see what happens.
If all this fails it prob point to your mother board
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MildlyDisturbedConnect With a Mentor Commented:
unplug everything not required to operate that machine.  USB mice, USB flash drives, any weird media reader.  Put the system down to the bare minimum required to even call it a computer (yank ram, drives, etc).

If it'll boot then, add stuff until it stops.

Alternately, boot and run "chkdsk c: /f" as if there's a corrupted directory it's not gonna boot no matter what you do.
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MildlyDisturbedCommented:
NickCat, you may also want to consider a power supply that is not sending enough current.  We had one of these recently, 12/5 fine but was nt providing the amps needed
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NickCat11Author Commented:
I did swap the power supply, sorry for not mentioning it. Still the same freeze on the win splash screen.
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