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Laptop Booting Problem

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Jofus, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. Jofus

    Jofus Guest

    Hey Guys, having a booting issue at the moment. Not sure if you guys can help but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    I have a HP Laptop running XP that I use as my DAW. I also have an extra HDD with Vista Business loaded. I swap the HDDs when I want to use my laptop as a normal pc (surf the net, etc).

    I was on the net one day using the laptop (Vista HDD) and the battery went flat and the laptop shutdown. At this point I was over the net anyway and wanted to do some work on the DAW so I swaped the HDs and plugged the power cord in and tried to boot up my DAW (XP). What an idiot!

    The message that popped up was that vgaoem.fo was missing. I did a bit of investigating on the net and found that I could expand this file from the original XP CD and copy this to the windows/system directory. I booted into Linux and copied this file to c:windows/system directory. I then rebooted but still would not boot into Windows. I did some more investigating on the net and found if I ran the chkdsk /r from the recovery console from the original XP CD should fix the problem.

    The chkdsk /r function found some errors and fixed them. I then rebooted but this time the XP splash screen comes up and all looks good. After a moment the splash dissapears to a black screen. I then rebooted and went back into the recovery console and ran the fixboot and bootcfg /rebuild commands. Rebooted but does the same thing - XP splash screen then hangs at a black screen - this is where I'm at now.

    What's a boy to do?

    Any help guys would be appreciated. cheers
     
  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    The only thing I can think of is to swap your Vista HDD back in and see if it boots, or needs some repairing (if so repair it ofc).
     
  3. Jofus

    Jofus Guest

    Thanks for the reply - tried that Vista boots up fine :(
     
  4. blaumph2cool

    blaumph2cool Active Member

    I had this EXACT same problem with my VIAO laptop. I think it's due to a currupt video driver.

    I ended up reinstalling XP and everything works smoothly now.
     
  5. GeckoMusic

    GeckoMusic Guest

    I had a similar problem when I installed a video driver that wasn't actually for my computer. I was able to boot in safe mode and uninstall the driver. Maybe you just need to reinstall the video driver from safe mode? However if your video driver got hosed, who knows what else is toast. Maybe it's time to pull off all your documents though Linux and do a clean XP install?
     
  6. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    "I have a HP Laptop running XP that I use as my DAW. I also have an extra HDD with Vista Business loaded. I swap the HDDs when I want to use my laptop as a normal pc (surf the net, etc).

    I was on the net one day using the laptop (Vista HDD) and the battery went flat and the laptop shutdown. At this point I was over the net anyway and wanted to do some work on the DAW so I swaped the HDs and plugged the power cord in and tried to boot up my DAW (XP). What an idiot! "





    What? This reads like you are using two external hard drives. And where does Linux fit into this multi-platformed rig?

    What does the hard drive that is on the laptop run? MacOSX?
     
  7. Jofus

    Jofus Guest

    howdy, sorry for the confusion. I swap the internal HDs - 1 HD has Vista installed (general computing) and the other HD has XP (DAW). I booted in Linux from CD to install the vgaoem.fo file.

    Thanks guys, I might look into reinstalling the video driver.

    cheers
     
  8. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Boss if you are swapping out internal hard drives in a laptop, you deserve to have a broken computer:)
     
  9. Jofus

    Jofus Guest

    thank-you very much Space for all your wonderful help. much appreciate it.

    you're a kind person with a kind heart! - don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

    ANYWAY

    tried booting into safe mode with no luck. not sure how I can install the video driver (if it's the video driver that's causing the problem).

    I guess my last resort would be to re-install XP - not sure what else I can do at this point :(
     
  10. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Not re-install....repair.

    It is an option on the xp install disk

    EDIT:
    http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/780/execute-system-restore-from-the-command-line-safe-boot/

    RESTORE from command line
     
  11. Jofus

    Jofus Guest

    thanks mate, unfortunately i cannot boot into safe mode. The option is there but when I select "safe mode with command prompt" or just "safe mode" for that matter the system starts loading the drivers then just hangs.

    The system hangs at windows\system32\drivers\hotcore3.sys (if that means anything).

    cheers
     
  12. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    It is Vista, so loading can still take a while, so patience should be used. Watch the hard drive led(rapid blinking), if it is doing this, the computer is still loading so you wait.

    Hotcore3.sys is part of the Vista engine or graphics. Could mean something to a Vista tech, doesn't mean anything to me.

    If you have the start up or boot up Vista CD/DVD use that instead. If you have the option to repair or recover, this may be a better option. Either way, repair or re-install, is going to take a long time so this should be your "history" lesson on hot swapping lap top hard drives .
     

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