i have an hp laptop with xp home on it. every time i start it when it gets to the xp loading screen it will power down and restart in an endless loop. right before this happens though you can see a quick flash of the blue screen of death.
i tried loading in safe mode and also restoring the default settings in setup. i then came here and downloaded the xp recovery console and followed some of the commands from this thread. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic138692.html
i ran chkdsk /r and it said it fixed some problems. i restarted, but it was still messed up. i then ran fixboot and it said it fixed a corrupted boot sector, but again it still didn't work. i then ran fixmbr even though i was skeptical about it because of the caution warning it gave and about it messing up the partition tables, but since it said it was a non-standard or invalid master boot record i pressed yes to fix it.
i'm not sure what else to do. i want to see the error message on the blue screen but i don't know how to stop it and get the info from it. i've been trying to see if there's a way to turn off the automatic restart on it, but i'm not sure how without actually getting into windows. maybe there are some more commands i can run with the recovery disc.
please help, for all i know this could be a hardware problem. so i'm not sure.