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safe mode -Question mark , error

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#1 c12i513


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Posted 18 December 2009 - 08:05 PM

Running dell dimension dm051
windows xp media center
service pack 2

the problem im getting when trying to boot safe mode, a blue screen appears with a question mark ( ? )

i have no problem logged on to windows however when i open task manager and try and end a process on any process

any help or luck?

there are also numerous files in my temp folder that wont delete. for example., c.exe, d.exe, e.exe, f.exe ... etc

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#2 homersimpson


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Posted 07 January 2010 - 08:33 PM

Dell Dimension E510 here, xp media center sp2 also.

Same problem here with the safe mode -> a blue screen (not THE blue screen, btw) with an odd looking prompt and a question mark. Not a real prompt, nothing blinks.

Except on mine I can't get into windows any other way. It'll just hang at the logo screen with no hdd activity whatsoever.

Just spent couple hours cleaning this thing of trojan.generic, winlogon86 and some rogue.antispyware.antivirus. Seemed to be running ok. Then did 2 things before last reboot: [1] set page file back to 'system managed size' (it was set at custom and much larger than recommended), and [2] installed windows update 'office xp service pack 3'.

Edited by homersimpson, 07 January 2010 - 08:36 PM.

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