Posted 10 February 2006 - 05:25 PM
If you can boot from your system restore disk then you should be able to boot from another CD but you say you cannot????
1) When booting press the F8 key to take you to the boot menu. Choose the 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt' option. Can you see any error messages before the system reboots?
2) Open the case (this is a desktop?) and remove all the cards except the video card (if present). See this tutorial for static precautions: Cleaning the Interior of your PC
Disconnect the power from the CD/DVD drives. Leave only one RAM stick in place. Power up and reboot. Any difference?
If so your power supply may be faulty. Borrow one from another computer to test or order a higher power model to replace it.
If there is another PC available we can talk you through fitting your hard drive into it as a slave so you can save your data. Find the make and model of your hard drive first.
Soltek QBIC, Pentium 4 3.0GHz, 512MB RAM, 200GB SATA HDD, ATI Radeon 9600XT 256MB, Netgear 54Mb/s WAP, ridiculously expensive Satellite Broadband
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