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Won't reboot even in "Safe"


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#1 dbrucks

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 03:20 PM

I downloaded tons of crap that finally caught up with me. The first thing was I downloaded a bunch of drivers to get my computer to play a DVD; my videos now only play in Windows Media, I never got the DVD to work, and I moved on.

Next I downloaded some stuff b/c I wanted to do video editing. I dl'ed DVDFab HD Decrypter, and AutoGK. After installing these (esp. the second one - it had a bunch of other installations with it), I rebooted my computer as instructed, then it just kept rebooting itself, in an endless loop, never getting to the desktop. I got to the boot screen and selected "Safe Mode" / still just endlessly looped...I tried all other options like Debug mode et al to no avail.

Any ideas?? Its an HP, don't know the model exactly, and there's no boot or any other disk (new HP system). It's a little over a year old.

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 04:31 PM

Make a Recovery Console CD with this file: http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.iso

Insert the Recovery Console 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 10 November 2008 - 05:08 PM

Sorry I don't know too much about computers...I dl'ed that ISO file and burned it to CD, not sure if I did it correctly though. (ie I just dropped the file image onto CD drive and clicked "burn file(s) to CD"...when I boot up the computer (which, as I said, just endlessly reboots itself before getting to the desktop) I don't know how to get the computer to read off the CD. Is there some command or something that forces it to boot from the disk? F8 gets me to the boot menu but I see no option that let's me do this...any ideas?

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 05:17 PM

You have to burn the ISO file in a special way:

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetr...burnisofile.htm
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Posted 13 November 2008 - 01:59 PM

Hmm...I enter "chkdsk /r" and it returns something like "...there are one or more unrecoverable problems.", and does nothing.

I also tried copying over files to a flash drive, but when i try the "cd" command to change directories it says "The path or file is invalid..." A friend suggested getting a bootable xp install disk and running it as "repair", trying to keep any files. Is this recommended?

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 03:41 PM

I chkdsk is saying there are unrecoverable problem then your hard drive may be failing. You should run a diagnostic check on the hard drive.
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