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Windows XP computer wont start

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#1 canager


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Posted 07 August 2011 - 06:47 AM

for some reason, my 6-month old PC suddenly wont boot up normally.

the problem happened today when my cousin tried to use my PC. he said he turned the PC on, then the PC auto shutdown, then the UPS gave out a continuous beep. when we restarted the PC, this problem occurred. (this is what he told me, so mainly this is second hand info)
i used the PC without any issues yesterday, almost all day. i use the PC daily. so im greatly surprised the PC wont work today.

during boot up, the Windows Advanced options menu comes up, showing these options:
1. Safe Mode
2. Safe Mode with Networking
3. Safe Mode with Command Prompt
4. Last Known Good configuration
5. Start Windows Normally
i tried all except number 3 above.
it keeps on rebooting & going back to this Windows Advanced options menu

i tried to remove & reseat my 2Gigabyte Kingston RAM. i cleaned it with an eraser too
i tried to unplug my Hard disk cables too.
i cleaned out the dust.
nothing changed.

I never had any major problems prior this day. a minor 'problem', i encountered 2-3x (the third time happened just the other day) was the PC wont boot because a key in the keyboard is depressed (keyboard keys problem).

the specs.... what i can remember are
motherboard is Asrock 880GM-LE. AMD single core but unlocked (dual core)
Western Digital 320Gigabyte HD
no video card. (motherboard has onboard video)
Windows XP Service Pack 2

some other info
i have created my last System restore point probably 4-15weeks ago.
last time i used Advanced system care free, i think within this/last week (i use it almost monthly). mainly for disk defragmentation.

what are my options?
if i do a Windows XP repair install, will it very likely solve the problem? if i do this, all my files wont be deleted. can you confirm?

thank you very much!

Edited by canager, 07 August 2011 - 06:58 AM.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 07 August 2011 - 08:18 AM

<<...last time i used Advanced system care free, i think within this/last week (i use it almost monthly). mainly for disk defragmentation.>>

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:
  • Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

    The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.
  • Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.
  • Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.
  • Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.
  • The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.
I suggest you remove this program from your system...and don't ever employ anything similar.

As for your options...I would try running the chkdsk /r command from the XP Recovery Console...before I even thought about attempting a repair install.

The fact that you are missing SP3...increases the vulnerability of your system...to malware.

<<...said he turned the PC on, then the PC auto shutdown, then the UPS gave out a continuous beep...>>

I don't employ a UPS...but I would be concerned about its operational status...if the unexpected came forth from it. I suggest taking it out of the loop, connecting directly to residential power...and seeing if your problems continue. Yours is the first post I've ever seen mentioning beeps in connection with anything other than the system BIOS.

IMO...second-hand info is always suspect.


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