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#1 Evan198

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 07:07 PM

Okay, so here's the problem. I boot up my computer, and all it does is give me the screen that says:

Startup Normally, Startup in Safe Mode, etc.

No matter what I choose, it always just takes me back to this screen. Any ideas on how to fix this? Because I'm at a total loss.

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 07:31 PM

Whenever there is a boot problem the first thing I recommend is to run Check Disk from the Recovery Console. Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD drive, and then restart the computer. Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD drive if you are prompted. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.

Type: chkdsk /r

It's important to have a space before the "/".

To exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer, type exit at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 06:04 AM

Could you post a copy of your boot.ini file from your C:\ drive? You may have to enable the viewing of hidden files in Folder Options in order to see it.
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 06:23 PM

Could you post a copy of your boot.ini file from your C:\ drive? You may have to enable the viewing of hidden files in Folder Options in order to see it.

Yes, I will try to do this.

Also, I'm on a different computer, so I may have to just write it down and copy it here.

And what if I don't have the Windows XP disk still?

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 06:26 PM

USASMA: I am unable to view the boot.ini file. Any suggestions?
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 06:27 PM

And what if I don't have the Windows XP disk still?

Install Recovery Console without an XP CD
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 06:29 PM

And what if I don't have the Windows XP disk still?

Install Recovery Console without an XP CD

The link says that it is unavailable.
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 06:39 PM

Try the link on this page:

http://www.pcguide.com/vb/showthread.php?t=49552

More info here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058/
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 08:43 PM

Try the link on this page:

http://www.pcguide.com/vb/showthread.php?t=49552

More info here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058/

What do I do with this link?

Sorry, it's a little confusing for me. Ha
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 09:13 PM

On that page I linked to, there is a link to a file called rc.iso. Download this file, then burn it as an .iso to a CD. Then use this CD to boot your computer and you'll be into the Recovery Console. Once you've got in the Recovery Console you can run Check Disk.
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 11:04 PM

When I put the disk in, nothing happens, just the same things I"ve been getting.
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 11:07 PM

How did you burn the rc.iso file to the CD?

Also, are you sure that your computer is set to boot from a CD?
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 11:08 PM

How did you burn the rc.iso file to the CD?

Also, are you sure that your computer is set to boot from a CD?

I just put in CD-R and let it copy the files over to the CD.....Is there another way?

And how do I set it to "boot from a CD"?
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Posted 06 June 2008 - 12:23 AM

I just put in CD-R and let it copy the files over to the CD.....Is there another way?

How can I write (burn) ISO files to CD?
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Posted 06 June 2008 - 10:33 AM

I'm still not having any luck with this. :thumbsup:

How do I set my computer to boot from a CD if I only have that screen?

Any other suggestions maybe?

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