Black screen after Windows XP logo?
Please help me troubleshoot this problem.
Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe
AMD Athlon 3200+
2x 512MB Crucial PC-3200 Ram (Dual Channel)
Maxtor SATA 120GB
ATI Radeon 9600Pro 256MB w/ TV out
Logitech MX700 and wireless keyboard
SuperFlower 430W PSU
I've been getting a lot of BSOD's lately, and haven't had much time to figure it out, been using my laptop instead. I tried dusting everything off about 3 weeks ago, but that didn't change any of the BSOD's (mainly IRQL's not equal). The computer sat for 10 days, and when I tried to turn it on last night, it loaded everything normally, but as soon as you get past the XP logo/loading screen, it goes black and won't load the desktop. I can't get it to start in Safe Mode or Enable VGA mode.
A few times in the past, when I've had bootup problems, moving the memory around or only running one stick has helped, but not always. I'm running MemTest right now to see if it picks up anything...
I took my Hard Drive down to another working PC and it has the same symptoms (no go past Windows logo), so that leads me to believe it is a HD problem, unless I didn't get the BIOS set right.
I can't seem to find my XP CD, and so I tried to create bootable floppies downloaded from Microsoft to do a repair to the XP install, but on disk 3 it says "The file pci.sys is corrupted", and it won't let me continue with the install/repair...
I really need to get to the files on my HD today, so what options do I have?
I tried to run the working PC (with a 160GB Ultra ATA Seagate HD w/ W98) along with the SATA Maxtor, but while I finally got it to boot, the SATA drive was inaccessible through My Computer and Windows 98. During boot, it did recognize the presence of the drive, though..
Sorry this is so long, but I've spent several hours on this and have reached no good conclusions as to what's wrong, or at least how I can pull stuff off the HD, so maybe I would do a fresh XP install if I can obtain a disk from a friend...
UPDATE: MemTest has completed one cycle (~28 minutes) and found NO errors...