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#1 codsmith


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Posted 26 July 2006 - 02:30 AM

I have a very weird problem.

I have a dell inspiron 5100 notebook w/ XP pro and I was searching different sites for my research paper when I came to a site that locked my computer up. I tried everything to get it to turn off before pulling the plug. Now for some reason when I try to turn it on it will just cycle and take me to the setup menu telling me that it might have been a power problem or something else. When I try to select to run in safe mode, normal, last know good config, etc. it acts like it is about to boot and shows the windows xp loading screen and then it restarts and does the same thing.

It will boot from the CD but im not sure what I need to do after I boot from the cd drive.

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 05:36 AM

I think the fact that you were on a specific site is only a coincidence.

Was the notebook running on battery or plugged in when this occurred?

In any case - can you get to a command prompt?

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 01:56 PM

Since it will boot from the CD, the simplest thing is a repair installation of Windows XP. Here's a link on how to do it: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

If this is a computer from a major manufacturere it may not have an XP CD to work with - in that case, check the computer manual for instructions on system recovery and a repair/non-destructive system recovery.
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