So you havn't done much customization on that machine, right? I suggest you
to boot with the installation CD and perform a system repair. If that does
not work, you can reinstall it. It will be done in about thirty minutes
anyways and save you a lot of headache. If the problem happens again, you
may need to check the BIOS firmware and ensure it is the updated one (you
can try to use the manufacture applications to flash your BIOS firmware) and
run some hardware test (memory and hard disk, etc) to see whether they are
in good condition and compatible with Vista. It is always good to have a
backup of registry so you can restore it with any sort of startup.
How to automatically repair Windows Vista using Startup Repair
For hardware testing, you can download memtest to check your memory and use
some manufacture testing tool to check your hard disk. There are some
software specifically designed for testing all your hardware.
Best of luck.
"thecelloslave" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I just built a computer this night, and when i booted it up, it ran
> smooth for about 10 minutes. i just remember getting comfortable then
> looking up and the screen was black. i left it alone for a minute but
> eventually reset it. now it ALWAYS takes me to the "Windows failed to
> boot..." blah blah you know start windows normal, safe mode, etc. i have
> tried all those, but it always loads for a minute and then says
> something about not loading the "hive" file and dumping physical memory.
> but the screen flashes so fast i cant read it. then it reboots and does
> the whole thing over and over. now keep in mind, i built this so i used
> Windows Vista Basic for Builders. i tried to start my computer with the
> system disk in it, but it did nothing. im getting rather frustrated...