Posted 15 September 2008 - 11:47 AM
I have been having trouble with my computer recently. A combination of some RAM going bad and viruses.
While running in safe mode (MSCONFIG, checked /SAFEMODE on boot.ini tab) and using Anti Virus and Spyware remover software, the system crashed in the middle of an attempted repair. After that booting the PC produced a message saying the windows installation was corrupt and could be repaired using the original installation disc. I figured out some RAM was bad by booting with an Ubuntu boot disc and performing a memory check. I am guessing the bad RAM caused the system to crash.
I pull the installation disc out of the filing cabinet, boot from the CD/DVD drive, and begin the repair. All goes swimmingly until the repair needs to reboot the system so the setup can continue. The system reboots, starts Windows XP in safemode, tries to continue the repair/setup and pops up a modal dialog stating setup cannot run in safemode, and the system will reboot. All I can do is click "OK" in the dialog, and immediately the reboot happens.
The PC reboots, windows starts in safemode, tries to continue setup, has to reboot, etc...
I am not sure how to get out of this cycle. Ideally I would like to restart NOT in safemode, but I do not get a chance to change the setting back once windows start. I do not know of a way, prior to windows starting to force normal mode.
I am about to try setting bios again to boot using the CD/DVD, but instead of running a repair, do a complete re-install. I would prefer to just get the repair working so I not do have to spend hours reinstalling all my software.
Any help is appreciated.