Hey guys, i'm really lost atm and could use some help, any help!
Asus p5nd2-sli deluxe
intel pentium d 830 3ghz
1 gig corsair xms2 667
creative audigy 2
hitachi 400 gb HDD
2x Maxtor 200gb HDD
Asus Nvidia Geforce 7800 GTX
Here is what went down. Everything was working fine and been working fine for the past 5 months. I decide to go ahead and update my mobo's bios using the asus uograde windows utility. Flash the bios, all seems well, restart, windows boots up normally, but starts to hang while loading my system tray icons (such as steam, aim, norton, peer guardian, winamp etc.) Hangs and basically crashes. So i force restart by using the power button. (ctr+alt+delete didn't bring up the system screen) restart does the same thing loads all the way to the desktop but hangs when loading backgroung applicaions. restart again.
Now while my computer restarts the first windows load screen does not show up at all! Jus black (where the windows XP logo should be with the little scrolling loading bar).
I think well, damn, bad bios or sumthing. So i reflash in dos using a dos boot disk to my old bios where EVERYTHING works. Still not good same thing.
So i run windows in safe mode thinking maybe the registy or some thing got corrupted and used system restore to a previous date. No go same thing, and now i can't even get into safe mode.
My last hope was to use the windows disk to repair an install. Installs like nothing is wrong. But after installtion same deal. It will auto restart rgiht before the first windows logo.
All my attempts to fix windows did not work. So now i gotta think maybe its not windows? Could the newer bios for my mobo screwed up my memory? My HDDs? i'm so lost and vry upset i have soooo much important data on my primary drive.
If worst come to worst and i have to reinstall windows. Could i just buy a new HDD install windows fresh and boot from the fresh windows to access files on my orginal windows installed HDD? (of course only if there is no hardware issues and the fresh windows boots like its supposed to)
Sry for the long explaination but explainging EXACTLEY what went down i thought would be a better way to help describe my odd situation. Thanks guys!