Recently my computer turned off for no reason and when I restarted it, it said there had been an improper shu down. It gave me the black screen with my different options (safe mode, last known configuration that worked, etc). So I tried all the options listed one at a time, but each time it would just restart itself and go back to that same screen with the options listed.
Using windows XP by the way. I am not sure if it is Home or Pro, but I have discs for both.
So, figuring there was little else I could do at this point, I put in my windows xp CD and tried to boot windows from the disc. It didnt work either, even after I changed the BIOS to read the CD first. It didnt read either of the XP CD's, but it did read a Windows 98 CD I tried.
I figured I'd reinstall windows 98 so at least I can get INTO windows, and then I'd just update to windows XP. So from the CD, it brought me to the painful blue windows 98 screen with the instructions. I said install windows now, do not erase the files.
HOWEVER, it Freezes just a few steps into this setup, so I cant even do that. It freezes and then the computer turns itself off.
My friend said she had the same problem recently and she was able to get it repaired without losing her files. I actually dont care that much if I lose my files or not since the majority of them are backed up. I just need a working computer, and this is frustrating because only a few months ago I spent over $100 to have this one repaired and now it is not working again.
Any suggestions, things I should try, surefire cures, or shared experiences and recoveries that anyone can offer poor little me?
Edited by mszaw, 14 May 2007 - 06:17 PM.