Posted 01 September 2010 - 03:22 PM
I'm a technician for a helpdesk at a small university. Apparently a lab computer wasn't booting to windows one day, so a professor dropped it off. The computer is going through a looping reboot, but the confounding thing is that there is no bluescreen. I ran memtest and found a failed stick of ram. I replaced it with a new stick, ran memtest again, and came up without any errors. Just for good measure, I also ran spinrite, which also came up clean. It now sits, mocking me, looping through a cycle where the windows loading screen comes up, the bar starts to go across below the logo, and it reboots before it even has the chance to bluescreen.
I have no way of knowing the recent activity of the computer, so I don't know if anything was installed, if someone kicked it across the desk, or anything that could give any indication as to why this is happening.
Windows XP Professional Corporate SP3
AcerPower FH (APFH-EP9250P)
Pentium D CPU (Not sure which one specifically)
2 GB DDR2 RAM
160 GB HDD