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Xp Restarts After Boot Screen


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#1 Extrodewise

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 05:27 AM

Hey Guys,
I'm having a hard time trying to fix a Compaq Armada M700 Laptop with XP OS. Turns out that whenever the computer system is booted up, windows XP restarts right after the Windows XP Boot screen just before the welcome screen. Boooting into safe mode doesnt work as the same problem occurs, using last known good configuration doesn't work either as the computer always restarts. My initial guess was that some critical boot-up files had been deleted or something relatively similar to that had happened so I tried booting from CD to see if I could repair the XP installation. Surprisingly the damn thing won't boot from CD. Went into the BIOS & checked that it was configured to boot from CD first. Made Sure 'Notebook Multibay' was first boot device and 'Notebook hard drive' was last, but it still won't boot from CD. What could be wrong? And what can be done??? Help Needed Please.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 07:53 AM

It could be that the CD drive in the laptop is bad - and that could cause problems with Windows booting.
It could be that the CD itself is bad - trying another bootable CD would tell you this (or trying to boot from that CD in another computer would do the same).
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Posted 08 July 2008 - 08:57 AM

Just did two XP installations from the same CD, so the CD aint bad or damaged at all.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 01:48 PM

Then it's most likely that the CD drive in the Armada is bad. If replacing the drive is out of the question, you'll have to determine if your BIOS is able to boot from an external drive - then borrow an external CD drive to run the installation.
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