Windows XP loads on the 2nd boot only. During the first boot, my PC will POST no problem, and right when the XP boot screen should show up, the screen is black and nothing happens. Then I hit the reset button and I get the Safe Mode, Start Windows Normally, etc. Menu. I start Windows normally and everthing is fine. I checked all of my device drivers and that seems fine. The event logs show plenty of errors but the only one with an exclamation with any regularity says:
*The Netedsn5pca service has failed to start due to the following error: The system cannot find the path specified.
Here's what I get when I follow the link for this error:
Windows Operating System
Source: Service Control Manager
Symbolic Name: EVENT_SERVICE_START_FAILED
Message: The %1 service failed to start due to the following error:
My computer is running great except for this one thing, and it's pissing me off. I am thinking it's XP, but I don't know for sure.
Thanks for that. I tried starting some other service that I noticed kept showing up in the event viewer (probably not causing my current problem) and it says: "The specified path cannot be found". I wonder how this happened?
If you run MSCONFIG, go to the startup tab. Walk through that list and you should be able to identify most of those apps that are starting up. If you see something that doesn't point to a directory and you can't recognize it, disable it. It won't hurt your start up.
See if that error keeps coming up. Sometimes things aren't deleted out of the startup menu and they call programs that don't exist. It can be a pain, but the quick fix is just disable that stuff.
As for myself.. my home computer has 8 things that are listed in there. My work computer has about 22, 10 of which are IBM related. You shouldn't have a huge list of things in there. Disabling them will give your computer some speed improvements though.
Ex. Disable Quicktime Boot Agent, Winzip's Agent, Etc. Stupid little things that run in the background that you really don't need like that "Random Pop-up porn generator" - You don't need that either.