computer crashes at windows loading screen
first off, i'm going to apologize for the long post. i built the computer myself. here are the specs:
Abit AG8 Motherboard
Intel Pentium 4 520 2.8 GHz
Corsair 1GB PC3200 (512x2)
Hitachi 120GB Hard Drive
GeForce 6600 256MB
i installed windows xp pro with service pack 2 with no problems. i originally had the hard drive and my dvd burner set up on a single IDE cable with the dvd burner as master and the hard drive as slave because at the time, that was the only way i could set it up. The computer would lock up at the "Verifying DMI Pool Data..." screen. I ordered an IDE to SATA converter because i had two dvd drives and a hard drive and the mobo i have only has one IDE port. i put the converter on the hard drive and connected it to a SATA port and used the IDE port for both of my dvd drives.
my problem now is that it boots up and gets passed the "Verifying DMI Pool Data" screen just fine. it gets to the windows loading screen, stops for a second and then flashes the infamous blue screen of death. it reboots right away so i don't get a chance to read what it's saying. i read through some other posts and found someone that was having a very similar problem although he had a seagate drive. they told him to run the seagate seatools diagnostic software, which i did assuming it wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a hitachi and a seagate drive. here's what it came up with:
SeaTools Desktop v3.00.07
Copyright (c) 2004 Kroll Ontrack Inc.
1/17/2005 @ 2:11 PM
The following information has been generated by SeaTools Desktop. Use
this information to help you recognize and resolve potential data access
BIOS Date 08/20/04
Conventional Memory size 638 K
Extended Memory size 58532 K
IO Channel type PCI
123.5 GB HDS722512VLAT80
Serial Number = VNR32AC3DEZUDS
Int13 Num = 80, PHYS CHS = 16383x16x63.
ParmTable CHS, Rsvd = 15017x255x63
PARTITION CYLINDER SIZE
---------- ------------ ----
# Type Start End MB
1 NTFS 0 15015 123518
90-Second Test Result: Passed
The "Quick Test" is adequate for most situations.
Consider running the "Full Test" which
verifies each sector on the drive if you need to run a more
SMART Status Check Result: Passed
S.M.A.R.T., (S)elf (M)onitoring (A)nalysis and (R)eporting (T)echnology, a built-in hard disk drive failure prediction method reports an 'Alert' if a problem has occurred. It reports 'Passed' if no problems are found and 'Unsupported' if a hard disk drive does not support S.M.A.R.T.
Full Diagnostic Scan Result: Passed
File Structure Test Result:
Partition 1 (NTFS (123.5 GB) ) Result: Failed with critical Errors
NOTE: Any report of possible errors in the file system tests are for
informational purposes only. We suggest you should consider testing with
the official file system diagnostic utilities for your operating system.
Seagate is not able to assist with troubleshooting or reviewing
file system test results.
All selected physical diagnostics passed.
If you are not experiencing data loss and SeaTools reports File
System Structure errors, they may be caused by a lock-up or
failure to shutdown Windows correctly. Many times, these errors
may be repaired through normal system maintenance which
includes using the Windows provided "Defrag" and
"Scandisk / Chkdsk / Error Checking" utilities.
If you are experiencing a hardware error, you should isolate
the cause and replace the failing component. If you are unsure how
to proceed with repairs, contact a computer professional. After
completing any maintenance tasks, run SeaTools again to
verify that all errors have been repaired. If errors continue to
occur, the system may not be stable. Again, contact a computer
so obviously my one and only partition on this drive failed. it doesn't explain what the errors were so that's why i'm asking here. does anyone have any idea how i would go about fixing the problem? do i need to reformat? thanks for any replies!