Windows XP on Bootcamp - Won't Boot with Strange Bar

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  1. Sveetly macrumors member

    Sveetly

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    Last night I shut down my computer as usual, and I haven't installed any new hardware or software, or changed what's been plugged into my computer in over a month.

    But this morning, I went to turn on XP (on my Mac Pro, see signature) I get a bar, similar to the restoring Windows bar, at the bottom of the screen. Nothing else is on the screen, no text, or anything. Nothing appears before the bar. I tried the restore disk and bootfix, but to no avail.

    Any ideas what might be wrong? Mac boots fine, so I don't think it's memory or a hard drive.
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Does the bar ever make it to full, or does it just sit there? If the bar is filling, Windows is probably just restoring itself from hibernation.

    If that doesn't work try booting Windows into Safe Mode.
     
  3. Sveetly thread starter macrumors member

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    The bar remains empty. After an hour, it was still at 0%.

    I can't get to safe mode because this is the first screen that comes up. Unless you can access safe mode or similar from the XP disc . . .
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    You can't get to safe mode from the XP disc, that I know about, but you CAN get to the recovery console from there. I don't know what commands to use at the recovery console, but it's designed to get a Windows system that won't boot working again.
     
  5. Sveetly thread starter macrumors member

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    I all the commands in the recovery console failed to fix the problem but I got it to a point where you can select to boot into safe mode, I do, and it freezes on the 6th thing, "multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS\system32\config\system.log" everytime.

    Any ideas?
     
  6. Catch Them macrumors regular

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    Holding option at start up select Windows and immediately hold F8 and try a Reboot with last known good config.

    Sometimes when starting up in safe mode it will hang on something for awhile then boot into windows
     

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