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#1 Sparkleflap

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 08:01 PM

Alright so, I have this very old Acer at work. It had a dead HDD so I put a new one in (Checked and is working fine) When the computer boots up, just before the Windows loading screen appears, the computer reboots. So far I have checked the HDD, Battery, RAM and Windows Installation.

So any idea's on what else could cause this problem?
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 08:42 PM

It sounds like a driver issue.

What version of Windows is on it ?

Try starting it in Safe Mode
Turn it on & as soon as the logo or POST screen disappears start tapping F8
You should get a screen with startup options
Start in Safe Mode

If the unit starts OK in safe mode it is a driver issue.

The usual suspects are video,sound, or LAN [network adapter]

You could go to the device manager, uninstall all 3 , & reinstall the proper drivers.
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:27 PM

Forgot to add that it does the same thing after loading all the files for Safe Mode.

It is running XP Pro.

Edited by Sparkleflap, 30 March 2009 - 09:28 PM.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:56 PM

Did you wipe the hard drive & reinstall XP when you put it in the computer ?

If XP was already installed the only way you will fix it is to reinstall XP or put the hard drive in the computer it came out of & remove the video sound & LAN in the device manager.

Sometimes just sticking a hard drive in a different computer with XP already installed on it works.
More often then not it doesn't .

If you put the3 HD back in the computer it came out of to remove the devices in the Device Manager don't let the computer restart !
Remove all, turn it off , & remove the HD .
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 10:24 PM

So you think it's software and not hardware? (Please move this if it is indeed software)

I'll try re-installing Windows I guess!
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 11:00 PM

If I was correct about the HD already having XP installed on iy I'm 99% sure it's a driver issue.
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 11:38 PM

I just re-imaged the computer and it is now fine.

Thanks for your help!

Edited by Sparkleflap, 30 March 2009 - 11:39 PM.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 12:02 AM

You're welcome. :thumbsup:

Glad you got it fixed.
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