Posted 23 July 2007 - 05:35 AM
I've encountered a similar problem with an endless rebooting cycle on my desktop. Dell GX 260
When I purchased my computer about three years ago, I bought it from someone at work and didin't receive the operating disks for Windows XP. I was wondering if I could just purchase Windows XP Pro software and follow the same steps to repair my computer - Recovery Disk/Repair XP? Or, wil I have to do a complete re-install and loose all of the files/data that are currently on the hard drive?
I had a similar problem back in Feb. and when I had a computer guy come out to repair it, he recommended that I purchase an external HD to avoid future situations like this. I do have an external HD with data from a few months ago on it but I see from my system BIOS that I cannot boot from a USB device - only allows HD, CD-ROM and floppy. Oh well, live and learn.
(I did post this message in a previous thread but it seems that the thread was "closed" due to the other person's problem getting resolved)