Computer Fails To Start After Clean Install Of XP

Hello,
After a clean install of Windows XP Home Premium, my computer fails to start. It attempts to start and runs for about 20 seconds until the XP Screen comes up then it cuts off. On the 2nd attempt, it takes you to the "Windows Did Not Start Normally". I can start in "Safe Mode", shut down, and on the next attempt it starts normally. Device Manager does not indicate any problems. Are some start up files missing, or ? Thanks!
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  1. Any errors in the event viewer?

    I would suggest updating your graphics driver, and downloading SP3, if you haven't already done so.
  2. Thanks for your response! I was not familiar with the event viewer and there were some errors which I haven't been able to resolve yet. I did uninstall and reinstall the graphics driver.

    Thanks again!
  3. Restart, and try to duplicate the freezing problem. If it happens again, look for errors (application or system) that happen at that time.

    If you can't resolve them, post the details here, and we can try to help.
  4. How much ram do you have? I recently had a similar problem reinstalling windows xp on a system with 6 gigs of ram (don't ask I know it can't see more than 3 gigs) I had all kinds of issues until I removed the ram. I verified the ram wasn't bad via Linux boot cd and was able to run Linux just fine and see all 6 gigs of ram.

    That's one possibility.
  5. aford10 said:
    Restart, and try to duplicate the freezing problem. If it happens again, look for errors (application or system) that happen at that time.

    If you can't resolve them, post the details here, and we can try to help.



    Thanks! I failed to mention that I had installed Service Pack 3. I have also updated all drivers.

    When I use the Event Viewer I have 3 errors that are listed under System.

    (1) ID: 10005
    Source: DCOM,
    Name: EVENT_RPCSS_START_SERVICE_FAILURE.
    Message: DCOM got error attempting to start service.

    When I use Regedit and go to the Service Name for the Services listed, they all appear to be system32\Drivers.

    (2) ID: 7026
    Source: Service Control Manager
    Name: EVENT_BOOT_SYSTEM_DIRVERS_FAILED
    Message: Boot-start or system-start drivers failed to load.

    (3) ID: 7001
    Source: Sevice Control Manager
    Name: EVENT_SERVICE_START_FAILED_II
    Message: Service depends on other service which failed.

    I did an sc query and found the WIN32_EXIT_CODE to be zero for all the services.

    It appears that I have corrected a couple of small problems. However, the startup problem continues. I hope I was able to explain what I found accurately. I have not worked with some of these tools before.

    Thanks for you help!
  6. cliffdodger said:
    How much ram do you have? I recently had a similar problem reinstalling windows xp on a system with 6 gigs of ram (don't ask I know it can't see more than 3 gigs) I had all kinds of issues until I removed the ram. I verified the ram wasn't bad via Linux boot cd and was able to run Linux just fine and see all 6 gigs of ram.

    That's one possibility.


    Thanks for your reply! I'm using 4 GB of ram and it checks out okay. It appears that the system drivers are not loading at startup for some reason. I'm still working on the problem and appreciate you taking the time to respond!
  7. There are a few different fixes in this link for the DCOM error. Try cleaning that one up, and see what happens.
    http://www.eventid.net/display.asp?eventid=10005&eventno=612&source=DCOM&phase=1
  8. Will do! I will let you know how it goes. Thanks!
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