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zachumsted



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:12 am    Post subject: On boot, two versions of windows xp but only one works

please help, only the top option works and i just want to get rid of that ugly black page on boot please hellppp!!! Smile
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drwho07



Joined: Nov 29, 2007
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Location: Central FL, USA

PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:45 pm    Post subject:

How long is that ugly black page displayed on your PC?

If it's more than just a flash, then you've never done the recommended setup fixes for XP.

Here it is: (this should be done by everybody, running XP)
Get into XP and run MSCONFIG.
Then from the tabs on the upper tool bar, click on "Boot ini".
You will see where the boot delay is set to 30 seconds.
Change that number to just 3.

Then to complete the job, if you have more than just one core in your CPU you should tell XP that you do, or it will forever use just one core, by default.

If you know, for sure, that you only have one core, then click APPLY and exit the window. Reboot!

To set the number of CPU cores that XP will use:
After setting the boot timeout to three seconds, click on the "Advanced Options..." button.
In the new window, put a check next to /NUMPROC=
In the little box to the right of that comment, will be the number 1, if there is also a down arrow there, click it to scroll down to the number of CPU cores that you actually have. Select that number.
Then click OK, then APPLY and close that window.
Now reboot, for a much faster running PC.

There's a lot more, to get an XP PC running at peak efficiency, but that's already been discussed in other threads.

Good Luck,
The Doctor Cool
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shane0613



Joined: Jul 02, 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:40 am    Post subject: Correct answer here.

I don't know what this guy is talking about with WIndows and dual/quad cores processors. That has no effect on the boot screen that gives you the option of selecting more than one version of Windows.

On you C:\ drive in My computer you have a file (that is hidden) named boot.ini
If you have installed XP right it should look something like this:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

If something went wrong it will look something like this, or if you have a dual boot Operating System. For example you have XP and Vista installed. The black screen you are seeing is to allow you to choose which operating system you want to boot.,
If this is the case your boot.ini file will look similar to this:

[[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

When the black screen shows, take note of which one works. If it is the top one, then delete this:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

The easiest way to fix this is to:
click start, click run, type:
notepad c:\boot.ini

This will bring up you boot.ini file in notepad. Remove the second line, which is this:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

Probably the easiest and best way to fix this is to use msconfig.
You can use the start menu, run prompt by clicking start, then run.
Then type msconfig and press enter, then select the boot.ini tab
or even easier
in the run prompt type
msconfig /4 and press enter

Then click:
Check All Boot Paths.
It should show an error and give you the option to fix it.
Select yes and the click apply.

The next time you reboot, the problem should be gone. It has nothing to do with the number of CPU cores your system has. You could run WIndows Server with 16 dual core CPUs, but as long as you are only running one operating system that screen should not show.
Now as to how it got like that, there is not telling. Possibly an error, or maybe someone started to install XP again and something went wrong. Who knows, but my instructions will work.

Good luck.
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drwho07



Joined: Nov 29, 2007
Posts: 2293

Location: Central FL, USA

PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:25 pm    Post subject:

And you leave that timeout set at 30 sec's? Ridiculous!

The first option, the default option, worked, but he was left looking at it for 30 long seconds. That's what he was complaining about.
If a person in already in the boot ini area of MSCONFIG, shortening that boot delay time, it's pointless to leave that area without setting the number of cores, which can greatly speed up the PC, if for instance someone has four cores and Winders is only using ONE by default.

Your long winded reply has him editing his Boot.ini file which if done incorrectly can prevent any booting at all. (and you still left that boot delay set at 30 sec's) That should only be done by those with experience in that area. Not by "users".

The Doctor Cool
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