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#1 jeremiahbear

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 03:23 PM

I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 with Windows XP Pro. The computer is stuck in what seems to be a system restart loop. It keeps saying the following:
The last attempt to restart the system from its previous location failed. Attemp to restart again?

The it gives me the following options:

1. Delete restoration data and proceed to system boot menu

2. Continue with system restart


I have tried the 2nd option, system restart and the screen goes black and that is the end, or so it seems from looking at the screen. I have not tried the 1st option because I really do not understand what it means. What does this mean and where do I go from here? Thanks for any help.

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 05:32 PM

Do you use the Hibernate feature? Choose the first option. See here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/294427
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Posted 20 February 2008 - 05:54 PM

It gives you that message when you boot?

If so, when you turn on the computer, hit the F8 button for startup options. Choose safe mode. Then turn off auto restart

Control Panel/System/Advanced/Startup and recovery
uncheck auto restart.

Then the restart cycle shouldn't happen again.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 02:23 PM

Than you for all of your help. The problem has been fixed. I couldn't get in to safe mode. That option wasn't available in the startup options for some reason. I thought the same thing at first. I went through several different setup changes with no fix. I don't know why I even tried this because theoretically I would think it would have no effect, but I changed the device it booted from. When I chose the cd-rom drive nothing happend, but the second time I chose the NIC, and it booted up and worked like it never had a problem. Maybe it was just something quirky, but I am holding out hope that nothing else fails in the near future. Thanks to all for their help.




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