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Computer in a startup loop


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#1 Keith2556

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 07:42 PM

computer starts : windows startup screen shows and the bleeps once. Whole process continues. It goes to a screen that asks for various modes for startup, but whichever one i choose it eiter hangs or goes back to startup! i'm fast losing the will to live......

windows XP, SP3, and i have changed the hard drives, but get the same thing.

Any help would be gratefully recieved :thumbsup:

Many thanks anyone

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 08:04 PM

<<i have changed the hard drives, but get the same thing.>>

Does that mean that you installed XP anew on a hard drive?

No error messages?

Something to read, Logon, Logoff Loop - http://thinkinginpixels.com/quick-fixes/fi...onlog-off-loop/.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 08:51 PM

Keith, Unfortunatly the logon loop usually can only be fixed by re-installing windows, Fortunately you dont have to...When re-installing using a windows installation cd, in this case windows xp, You will be given the option to take advantage of their repair function. What the repair function does is it overwrites the existing operating system's core files, with the ones guarenteed to work(via valid cd of windows xp).So you can throw yourt hands in the air and party that you wont lose your files!!!

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In case you arent so tech savvy here is MY step by step tutorial.

Step 1 - Boot up your pc, and enter the system bios setting, to do so press either the f10, f12, or del key, and ensure that your computer boots your cd/dvd drive before loading the hard discs

Step 2 - Insert the WindowsXP installion cd into the cd/dvd tray

Step 3 - Proceed through the cd, CAREFULLY, as to not select any options other then the ones to reinstall/repair windows. until you are asked whether to reinstall XP, or repair the existing one.

Step 4 - Select the "repair" option, and proceed further on in the installation.

Step 5 - continue the installtion, and reboot your pc.

Step 6 - Follow the wizard to complete the installation

Step 7 - Enter windows, yada yada, etc etc, and then install all needed drivers.

Step 8 - Delete all remnants of programs that need to be installed again. and re-install ONLY what you need desperately at the time being, like firefox, cus' the defauly internet explorer, version whatever it is, sucks serious poo covered eggs.

Step 9 - Reboot, this time simply to check if it still is stuck in a loop

Step 10 - update windows via windows update.

Step 11 - Reboot(huh, seems a lil' repetitive, i know, but its on for precautionary reasons)

Step 12 - Your all set, note to you, stop downloading porn from untrusted sites, lol...just kiddin'...just be aware of what you install, and what you download.

best regards

-Mr.GeekySqueeky

Edited by Mr.GeekySqueeky, 29 January 2010 - 09:01 PM.


#4 Keith2556

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 06:34 AM

Thanks to both of you for your replies.

I had a HDD with Windows XP already installed, which I just swapped over.

I can't reinstall XP via CD, as the boot doesn't get that far and won't acknowledge the CD/DVD drive, I tried that...... :thumbsup:
I have been into the BIOS and verified that the first boot is the CD drive, made sure all settings in there are as they should be etc.

It goes to a screen which gives the option of booting in: Safe mode, Safe mode with network, safe mode with command prompt , last known good configuration or start windows normally. I have tried them all!!!!! They all give a stream of DOS commands and hang except Start windows normally which goes back into the startup loop?????

I am suspecting my daughter (age 14) has been on some social site or other an a virus has crept in......

Any more suggestion??
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 09:18 AM

System manufacturer and model?

FWIW: If that second hard drive...was not used with the same motherboard and same system...you should not expect it to boot properly. The drivers and settings for a system vary with the motherboard and other components.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 11:15 AM

Unamed system, built to my spec about 5 yrs ago. ASUS motherboard. As cheaply as poss!!!

Extra graphics driver

Windows XP professional pre installed (No disk). External USB Cd read/writer. 80Gb HDD. can't remember how much RAM possibly 768Mb

Have not got a Windows disk, so am now waiting for a friend to lend me his :trumpet:
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PS I have put the original HDD back into the computer
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