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So I'm building a computer for my boss's son, and everything was going great until I installed UT2K4. I had this game running fine on my old computer. So the problem came after I tried to start the game, and the system crashed... black screen, but no restart. I had to reboot, and the system goes through preliminary boot screens, then hits the "start windows normally, or boot into safe mode" screen (you know what I'm talking about). The thing is no matter what I choose, as soon as I hit "Enter", the time countdown stops (it gives you like 24 seconds to choose), and nothing happens after that... basically it freezes. If I let the timer go down to zero (prompting it to start normally), it still freezes. Only thing I can do is reboot again. I tried booting from the CD-ROM and using the XP installation CD, then opting out of installing again, hoping it would reset whatever was wrong, but no help there... same screen "choice" at next boot, same frozen screen.

So should I just reinstall the OS without reformatting the HDD, and take the chances that inherently has, or reformat and start all over? This is a clean install from about two days ago, and I have no reason to think anything is wrong, other than the messed up game install. The only thing I can think of is that something went awry in the system files... so is there something else I should try first? Or should I just re-install the OS over the last install? Or should I reformat and start alllll over again? Thanks!

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What about if you go into BIOS, set primary boot device to CDROM, put the XP CD in and try to boot from it that way?

Unless you already put it as your primary boot device, of course..
    
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I did that too... just letting it bypass booting from the CD, and then trying again booting from the CD, which takes me into the "Install Windows" path... which I opted out of (F3) once given the choice (after all those files are loaded)...
    
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You'll probably have to use the repair option to get it to boot successfully. There's no guarantees, but at least you can keep all the programs and stuff you have on now if you do a repair rather than a reformat.

I've heard that you'll want to go on with the install as if you were doing a fresh install but when it comes to selecting the partition where you want to install it, highlight your existing Windows partition and simply press 'R' to repair it. It'll replace all the vital drivers and system files with the ones from the CD.
    
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ok, so you were able to boot to the xp cd? If so boot to the cd again and select repair. I forgot what it says, but when you boot you select install windows xp, pust f8 i believe and then it should say something along the line of windows has detected a corrupt instalation do you wish to repair? Something like that, then select repair, and it will reinstall the system files. Personally I hate xp because I've had to reformat numerous times, but that's microsoft for you. But anyway, try to repair the installation and see if that works.
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Well, I didn't get to read your last replies after my last post, but I kinda did the same thing... kinda. I went into the repair portion, then tried a few commands that I don't think should have fixed anything, eventually got into a place that I didn't know what to do, exited out a few times, it restarted, and then its now working... either way, it appears the problem is fixed! Thanks, and rep for helping!
    
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