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#1 geno93n0

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 01:07 PM

A couple of nights ago I opened a video file with winamp, which told me that I needed to download a codec to watch said file. So I downloaded the codec and clicked Run (not Save) and suddenly my comp BSOD's on me and shuts down. I dunno if this is important, but I was also extracting a .rar file with WinRAR at the time.

What's happening now is that my comp boots, then I get the "Windows did not start successfully....Boot in Safe Mode, Last Known Good configuration, etc." but it restarts everytime I'm supposed to get to Windows, no matter which option I pick. The loading screen for Windows DOES show, but I get the BSOD when I'm supposed to have Windows.

Can the situation still be salvaged? I don't want to have to pay through the ass for a reformat...

System Specs:
CPU: Pentium Dual Core, forgot clock speed
Video: NVIDIA GeForce 8400
RAM: 2 GB
Hard Disks: 2, with 2 partitions each = 4 partitions

Also, I'm thinking since the problem is only with Windows, can I try installing Windows on a separate partition to back up my files at the very least before reformatting? I lost my XP CD a few months back..

EDIT: I find that my problem is exactly the same, if not eerily similar to the one on this thread http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...howtopic=266516

Edited by geno93n0, 01 November 2009 - 01:15 PM.


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Posted 02 November 2009 - 01:00 AM

can I try installing Windows on a separate partition to back up my files at the very least before reformatting? I lost my XP CD a few months back..

Backing up using a LIVE CD is a better way ... (in reply to your post in another thread)

Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vis...ndows-computer/

.... and you might enjoy using Mint 7 in preference to Ubuntu to do the job ... (in fact, you might even like Mint 7 so much that you will not want to install Windows again ... ?)
Linux Mint 7
http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

Both the above downloads are ~ 700MB
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Edit: Post the BSOD message!

Edited by AustrAlien, 02 November 2009 - 01:02 AM.

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 05:13 AM

The Ubuntu Live CD looks useful, I'll try that :thumbsup:

Also, the BSOD goes so fast I can't even see it before the reboot. I remember you can turn this off in the BIOS, but how do I do that again?

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 05:23 AM

how do I do that again?

Windows Advanced Options Menu
Getting into Windows Safe Mode
http://www.computerhope.com/issues/chsafe.htm

Try this: It might just get you out of strife.
Step 1
Choose "Last known good configuration that worked", and press the Enter key. The computer will attempt to load Windows.
If Windows does not start, try the same thing again .... and continue trying for 10 times, before you rule that option out as a means of getting your OS up and running again, normally.
Why 10 times? Based on past experience, a successful result is sometimes achieved after several consecutive failed attempts.

Step 2
Choose "Disable automatic restart on system failure" and press the Enter key.
Your system will attempt to restart normally, but when it crashes, it will not re-start. Instead, you will see a BSOD with error message.
Record the error message in full detail, and post in this thread.

Edited by AustrAlien, 02 November 2009 - 05:57 AM.

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 07:35 AM

The only options that show are:

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Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Last Known Good Configuration

Start Windows Normally
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I've already tried each of them to no avail; my computer still reboots.

How do I set it to get the BSOD instead of a restart?

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 08:43 AM

The only options that show are: ......................

The same response was received here, but resolved ....

windows xp keeps rebooting
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...t&p=1481926
Quote: "I did try hitting F8 again and saw the option to disable auto restart after system failure. I don't know if I missed it(I doubt it) or if different screens appear at different times with this option."
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Puppy Linux also works well: See the following ....

[SOLVED] Dell Dimension 3000 boots to Black Screen w/cursor (XP SP2)

http://www.techsupportforum.com/microsoft-...tml#post2407757
Quote: "backed up hard-drive via PuppyLinux on a CD"

Puppy Linux (at only 105MB download size, it is one of the smallest)
http://www.puppylinux.org/

Edited by AustrAlien, 02 November 2009 - 08:56 AM.

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 11:26 AM

I'm cool now, did a repair install from the CD, which apparently (and unexpectedly) worked. So this thread can be closed now :thumbsup:




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