Wednesday, May 27, 2009

XP - Troubleshoot Boot Problems

Issue: Need a good one stop diagnostic tool for fixing boot problems.

Quick: MSCONFIG

Visual/Learning:
The link below has a lot of good information about this tool.
TechRepulic Link

------ Overview of Info from Link -------------
Start - Run - msconfig to start the tool.
GENERAL TAB
- Diagnostic Startup (Loads only what it needs to run Windows)
- Selective Startup (Deselect startup items to isolate problem)
- Launch System Restore (To go back to restore point)
- Expand file (get a new copy of windows file from cab files)

SYSTEMS.INI AND WIN.INI TABS
Enable and disable sections of code using a check box.
Rearange code sections with 'Move Up' and 'Move Down'

BOOT.INI TAB
Can select boot modes (Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, AlternateShell for cmd prompt)
-Noguiboot (no VGA video driver for boot display)
-Bootlog (enable boot logging)
-Basevideo (forces standard VGA driver)
-Sos (shows driver names as they are loaded)

-Advanced Options Button
--Maxmem (limit memory XP can use to check for bad memory module)
--Numproc (limit number of processors)
--Pcilock (stop XP form assigning sys resources to PCI devices)
--Debug (debugging mode)
---Debugport (port for debuging)
---Baudrate (baud rate for debuging)
---Channel (1394 channel for debug)


SERVICES TAB
-Enable and disable services with check box
-Hide all Windows services with check box (So you just see software added services)


STARTUP TAB
- Prevent items in startup folder from starting with a check box.

------ End Overview of Info from Link -------------

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