I have a dell xps 400. I turn on my cpu and got on the desktop. 1 sec later, it rebooted. Now it can't get past the windows xp loading screen. I can't even boot to safe mode. I unpluge everything except for moniter and the power cord, took out any usb, ethernet, disk, and cd. And it still get stuck on the Window's loading screen.
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Re: stuck on windows loading screen.
This means there is a damaged boot sector on your hard drive.
If you have a WIn XP installation disc you will need it to repair the system, but you need to set the bios to boot first from CD Rom.
When system boots press enter to start from disc, then when prompted press 'R' for repair.
The easiest way, would be to remove hard drive, and set it as slave, then connect to a friends computer as the slave drive.
Go to My computer and right click on your drive, down to properties and then click on tools tab, then click 'Check Now' on Errror checking to check the hardrive for damaged sectors.
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Here is a link to your computer's service manual: ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_xps_desktop/xps-400_Service%20Manual_en-us.pdf There is a section on Advanced trouble shooting which details Beep codes and LED diagnostic codes.
First unplug all the connections from the pc.
No cable at should be connected on the back.
Keep pressing the power button for a minute completely without leaving it.
Connect only the necessary cables which is power , keyboard and mouse ....nothing else.
Try if this works.....if no please reply for furthur help
In regards to installing your new harddrive if you are installed a SATA drive the issue is that not all versions of Windows has SATA drives native on the Windows install CD. So during the first part of the install you will need to press F6 to load the SATA drivers of the driver CD. If you do not have it you can download the drivers from support.dell.com
Let me know if you have any more problems or questions
first make sure the keyboard is plugged in all the way. then make sure there isn't a button stuck on your keyboard all else fails wal mart has some cheap ones if it STILL presists. your PS/2 port may be messed up unless your using usb
when its powering on let it get a little ways in then hold the power on off button until it just shuts off. Then boot it on and see if it gives you a safe boot option if it does select it. Then do a system restore to before this problem started. Hopefully this will restore the drivers.