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Computer keeps rebooting


snowy30

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Can somebody help me with my computer please?

Just now, as I switched on my main computer, it powered up for a second then shuts down - but the light remains on on the power switch. Tried this for a few times.

Since I've laid it on its side it now just keeps rebooting, and not loading up windows at all. Although it goes as far as the Windows XP logo, but it fails to fully boot up to windows and restarts again. It doesn't even boot up to safe mode, but it can boot up to BIOS.

HELP!!

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Repair XP by install over the top of existing system

  1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

  2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

  1. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

  1. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

  2. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

  3. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

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lotvic

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and disconnect your 2nd HDD and any other extras, printer etc etc before you do the above.

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snowy30

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Is this a repair or a fresh installation?

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rdave13

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It's a repair installation. Hopefully the hard drive is ok.

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snowy30

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In the end, I had to reformat my computer. Because there wasn't an option to repair it - I went through the procedure as if I was about to reinstall XP, but in doing so somewhere along the line, I had options of reformatting the hard drive the "quick" way or a more thorough one. To be honest with you, I think it was a blessing to reformat rather than repair. And I have my photos saved to a USB drive, and as far as I know, they were all on there. That's all I cared about is the photos.

Thanks for all your help.

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