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Computer will no longer boot without restarting

Q: Computer will no longer boot without restarting

Hello, everyone. My problem all started when I was playing a game called World of Warcraft. My computer would get these thin, vertical, blue/aqua colored streaks (made up of dots) going down my monitor while I was playing, causing my computer to crash. The next day my computer would start freezing when I barely loaded the game to the login screen, but this time it was different. I'd get a bunch of flashing colors over my monitor from the game. I basically ignored it and hoped it would just go away. Now my computer will boot up and then it will have the streaks pop up and it'll freeze, then restart itself. Before it started restarting my computer when I wasn't playing the game, I was told that my graphics card could be overheating so I ordered one online. I installed it today but it doesn't make a difference at all (and I'm not surprised since I don't think that my graphics card has enough time to heat up when it first boots). I've cleaned some dust out of my computer (there wasn't much except for on the outside of the case) and updated my video drivers. Thank you, guys.

XP Home SP2
GeForce FX 5200
1gig of ram
P4 2.8ghz
Only 2 years old.

Preferred Solution: Computer will no longer boot without restarting

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Computer will no longer boot without restarting

Screen artifacts can also be caused by RAM. Go to www.memtest86.com and download the program. Make a boot CD or a floppy and boot the computer to that. It will test all your RAM. Let it test 2 passes at least. For 1gb of RAM that could be a couple hours.

Next suspect CPU. It can be overheating, regardless of cleaning the rest of the case. Make sure the heatsink is still seated tight (you might take off and put fresh therm on it) and make sure the fan spins good. A CPU can heat up and burn within a few seconds if heat isn't being transfered good. Not likely though if only 2 years old.
You could leave the side off and blow a desk fan in it.

Next we'll want to test the CPU. Try http://downloads.pcworld.com/pub/new/utilities/system_resources_tune_up/stabilitytest.exe
This runs in Windows though. We may have to find something else.


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I am running windows xp 64 bit pro. Everything worked fine yesterday but today I cannot get it to boot properly. After the POST screen I get the windows logo with a loading bar like normal, but then after that it just goes black and I can hear the drives running for around 30 seconds before the computer restarts. I used Hiren's Boot CD and can start the computer in linux off of that. Unfortunately I lost my windows xp CD's in a move and I have no idea if it is possible to get new xp 64 bit pro CDs from anywhere these days. Any ideas?

A:Computer restarting during boot, Will start up with Hiren's boot disk

Please do the following:Get a look at the error message presented by the BSOD (blue screen of death) ....Start tapping the F8 key after you press the ON button, and continue tapping until you are presented with the "Windows Advanced Options Menu" screen.
Use the UP/DOWN arrow keys to select "Disable automatic restart on system failure" and press the <ENTER> key.Your system will attempt to restart normally, but when it crashes, it will not re-start: Instead, you will see a BSOD with error message.
Record the error message details (contained in the areas outlined in red, in the above example image), and post in your reply.==========================Please be aware of the following:Hiren's Boot CD is deemed by BleepingComputer.com management to be illegal due to copyright infringements (illegally distributed Microsoft files as well as a few questionable/illegal applications). Recommendation to use it or instruction on its use is not allowed on the BC forums.

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Hi all,
I have another issue that I am hoping you can help me with. When I boot my HP Pavillion 9500 it starts with the screen with the F keys at the bottom, then goes to the welcome screen (for about 5 seconds) then from there it goes to a black screen ( for 3 secs) then to a blue screen ( for 3-4 mins) then on to the desk top
Is the blue screen a problem I should be worried about ? as the blue screen seems to be getting longer and longer every time I boot
It previously had a new MB and HD
I don't recall a blue screen prior to this

thanks Neil

A:Blue screen on boot taking longer and longer to pass on each boot

The blue screen is just a warning, that you have crashed. The time is insignificant. To stop the blue screens post
Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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attempted to go through preparation guide but could not completeIm new to this site and seem to have run into a problem with my laptop. I was looking for a funny picture for a fantasy baseball league and most have come across a bad website. Im pretty sure I didnt download anything but the one site I went to through google images would not let me go back to the google image page so I x'ed out. I then got a windows security screen that I have never seen before saying I had been infected so i shut down the computer and went to sleep. Today I start up the computer and see 3 icons on desktop youporn, pornotube and i do not recall the third one. My computer then froze. After attempting to restart a few times i kept running into issues. So i decided to search google on my sisters computer, which im on now, to see if similar problems have happened. I came across this site and see you had helped people with this similar problem on this forum. While going through the preparation guide i downloaded the program to disable the cd emulation on a portable jump drive and was able to open it up on the infected computer and disable cd emulation. While downloading the DSS program on the jump drive from my sisters computer the infected computer froze. I shut it down and attempted to the reboot. The blue dell letters come up then the next screen says pb2..done then a screen comes up asking please select the operating system to start:Microsoft Windows Recovery Console or Windows XP media ce... Read more

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Last night, I turned off my computer like normal and nothing out of the ordinary happened, but this morning I try to boot up the comp and it tells me the the computer was shut down incorrectly and to choose and option for starting windows (safe mode, last good configuration, etc.). No mattter which option I choose, windows starts to load up and then out of nowhere a blue screen with words that I can't read quickly flashes and the computer restarts and the whole things happens again. It's an endless cycle. Does anyone know what I could do?

(My computer is old, so it doesn't have the system recovery option when it boots up.)

I tried using bootfiles from bootdisk.com and they let me access the recovery console. The command FIXBOOT didn't help, and I wouldn't mind formatting the hard drive if it would do me any good. The problem is that I don't have a Windows XP CD that I can use for re-installing windows. Any help would be appreciated.

A:My computer keeps restarting when I try to boot it up :( .

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I need help when ever I start my computer up it takes me to a blue screen thats there for a split second and then a black screen and I cant see the mouse and then it just says "Monitor going to sleep" then restarts and keeps going on an endless loop I tried pressing F8 at start up and selected Last known good configuration and it did the same thing then I tried all the safe modes and still no good anyone know how to fix this? Thanks in advance.

A:Computer keeps restarting at boot

Hello, try this please : Advanced Boot Options Select Repair my Computer if you are able

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When i turned my computer on the other day a blue screen came up saying 'fatal system error', it just froze on this screen so i had to turn the computer off by the switch. Now when my computer is booting up it just keeps restarting itself just after the windows xp pro loading screen. Before the computer restarts there is a clicking noise.

I have tried re-installing windows, running the repair option on the windows xp pro disc and starting windows in safe mode but none have worked.

Also when the computer does memory testing on boot up the numbers just keep going round and round about three times unitl finally displaying the amount of memory it should do. This never used to happen before.


AMD Athlon 1ghz
128MB Ram
Windows XP Pro

Can anybody help me please?

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Whenever I try to turn my computer on, it turns on for a few seconds, then reboots. I do not believe that it is overheating, as it has been working fine up until now (a few years) . Any ideas?

A:Computer keeps restarting upon boot

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it seem that my computer is booting slower each day, i hope i dont have any viruses.

here is my log, please help. thank you.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 1:31:46 PM, on 7/15/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVMVFM\LVPrcSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_05\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Saitek\Software\SaiMfd.exe
C:\Program Files\Saitek\Software\Profiler.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\QuickCam\Quickcam.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LComMgr\Communications_Helper.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\G-series Software\LGDCore.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\G-series Software\LCDMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel Audio Studio\IntelAudioStudio.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program File... Read more

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All of a sudden my parents computer will not boot up. It gets a blue screen with the following message on it:

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to be sure you have adequate disk space. If a driver is identified in the stop message, disable the driver or check with the manufacturer for driver updates. Try changing video adapters.

Check with your hardware vendor for any BIOS updates. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Start up options, and then select Safe Mode.

Technical Information:
**** STOP: 0x0000007E (OxC0000005, 0x80537009, 0xF8A7B1BC, 0xF8A7AEB8)

I tried several of the options in the Advanced Startup options, Safe Mode, trying to go back to last known working configuration, etc... and they all result in this same message and Windows not starting.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Really want to at a minimum get it booted up to save files off of it.

A:Solved: Computer no longer will boot up

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Today, my computer has been crashing for some reason and I had tried running a chkdsk and now I can't even get into Windows. It merely goes to a stop error screen and says to disable or uninstall any anti-virus, disk defragmentation, or backup utilities and to check my hard drive configuration, but I can't get it to boot to Windows. I've even tried booting to the last known good configuration and that didn't work. Please help!

A:Computer will no longer boot to windows

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Having the same problem.... I came home started up my computer, goes through post screen then says your computer didn't start correct (safe mode, etc, etc) but doesn't matter what one you click on as soon as it gets to the windows loading screen it. flashes a quick bsod screen that you cannot read... and restarts again. So im lost... reseated memory pull all 4 of them out when 1 by 1 thou different slots doesn't matter does the same thing... tried reformatting with XP Pro, Vista, Vista 64 all pop a NTFS. SYS bsod screen.........

I can not get mini's cause it wont load anything with out quickly restarting or when tryin to put a disk in to get another system loaded it. you get NTFS.sys problem....

any help lol getting aggravated about to just order another hard drive lol...

A:Computer keeps restarting, wont boot

tried reformatting with XP Pro, Vista, Vista 64Click to expand...

You're showing 4GB of RAM. Clarify the operating system that is on, please. 4GB is hefty for Windows XP.

And please clarify something for me: You specs are headed by word "BlackIce". Explain.

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just built a computer from old parts. cant seem to get it to run yet

it starts up then when it gets to booting from the hard drive it sits there and does nothing

and when it boots from the CD it scans for hardware then restarts.

how do i fix this?

A:[SOLVED] Cant Boot Computer, keeps restarting

Post a detailed list of the hardware, with specs, etc....

First thing, reset the CMOS. If it won't boot then, get a DOS floppy disk and see if it will boot to that. If it will, flash the BIOS and see if that fixes something.

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i'm posting this on my laptop but need my computer for storage. It's a dell

When I turn on it gets to the windows didnt shut down properly where you get the options start with last known good setting, run in safe mode, start normally etc when i chose an option it just restarts and does this everytime no matter what option. Anyone know why this is happening I took the back off the fan is working etc and the battery attached to the computer seems fine

A:Computer restarting everytime i boot

When you turn on the laptop, continuously tap F8 until you get the Advanced Boot Menu screen. From here choose "Disable automatic restart on system failure". Then when you restart, you should get a blue screen. What exactly does it say on the blue screen?

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I had the XP Smart Security 2010 virus and I turned off my computer, when i tried to reboot the computer kept restarting while the windows xp screen is up.I dont know what to do i cant get on to my pc to even fix this thing !

A:My computer wont boot, Keeps restarting

Can you boot into safe mode by hitting F8 just after the BIOS Posts the RAM checks and other things?

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Ok, my computer has done this every once in a while, i will push the on button, it will do the memory check, check the IDE drives etc., then it goes to the Windows XP screen where the bar on the bottom shows its loading, then right after that when the screen goes black - and you think that it is now supposed to go to the windows desktop, it just restarts itself. It used to do it maybe like once a week, now it does it over and over and i cant even log onto my computer. *PS* I dont have a floppy drive installed in my system so booting from that is not an option.*

I tried going into the BIOS and reseting it to defaults, but it didnt do anything, this is very frustrating hopefully someone can help. I tried going into safemode as well, but when i try to open any program in safemode it says that there is an error and the program needs to close. I really doubt that its a Virus, ive only had my system running for about 3 weeks, and i havnt downloaded anything off the net that could have had it attatched, i also havnt installed anything new since it started doing this. Anyone know anything about this ? thankyou

And incase you need the computer info.
Windows XP Home SP1
AMD Athlon 64-bit 3000+
Gigabyte NForce-3 Mobo
512 ram
WD 80g HD
GForce FX 7500 Ultra

...funny thing is i played Half Life 2 last night for about 4 hours, i restarted my computer once and everything was ok, then when i boot up this morning it just totaly is crapped out.

A:Please Help! Computer wont boot, keeps restarting over and over!

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Hello, this is my first time using a forum such as this so I apologize in advice if I am not up to par communicating here.

Yesterday I purchased a used Dell Inspiron 1525. I got home with the machine and it ran Vista just fine. However; the user prior to me did not have the default settings and still had material left so I performed a factory restore to return the machine to out-of-box condition. It performed the restore just fine and proceeded in restarting. The Dell splash screen comes up, the loading bar fills and the computer restarts again. It does not get beyond that point. I still have access to the BIOS and Boot Menu. If I press F5 at the splash screen it asks me to choose an OS. I chose Vista and it just starts restarting again. I have even tried booting Vista from a CD but this is not working either. This is starting to become frustrating seeing how my machine worked fine before the factory restore. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

A:Windows won't boot. Computer keeps restarting.

Every time the loading bar fills it restarts. It is like a loop. It keeps happening over and over.

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Hi everyone:
I have an old Acer with Windows Vista installed. I haven't touched the thing in quite some time. I shoved it in the closet because it wasn't working and can't exactly remember WHY or WHEN it stopped working.
When the computer is powered on, it begins to boot and displays the ACER Logo. It then briefly shows some text at the top. I think it reads as follows:
"AMC1 Option ROM BIOS Revision 01.05.92 Date: 02-19-2000
Copyright © 2006-2008 Phoenix Technologies, Inc.
Port 01: WDC WD6400AAKS-00A7B2        SATA-2, Hard Disk    640 GB
If you do nothing, the computer will restart within about a second and repeat this forever, unless you shut it down.
You do have the option to go the setup screen by hitting the delete button or go to the boot menu by hitting F12.
You can access the set up screen, but I can't see any reason to.
You can also access the boot menu, where I assume is where something could be done.
I think I was able to use other boot options in the past, but I'm not sure where to go from here.
Any help that anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

A:Computer Keeps Restarting on Boot - Vista

Damnit I've gotten stuck into so many boot loops and gotten out of them, but it's been so long since the last one i can't remember what i did. Welp, for starters you could try:
- Checking whether a peripheral is causing the loop by unplugging everything
- Repairing the system files with the installation CD
- Defaulting bios settings
- If it's a desktop computer try changing your cmos battery
- Flashing to ubuntu and updating your bios
- While on ubuntu downloading software that checks the boot loader for errors eg. TestDisk

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Hello my friendly experts,

I have set my computer to boot up every day, via the BIOS, for the past year and its been working perfectly.

However, recently it has started not to do so. What could be the problem?

Could it be the computers battery that runs the internal clock?

Any ideas?


A:Automatic Computer Boot No Longer Works

The big question.. What did you do to break it?

Is the setting still there? Try re-applying it.

If the battery was dead, then it should be forgetting all kinds of other settings too, giving you errors at startup.

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After installing Windows updates on a brand new computer, it will no longer boot.  The monitor is blank, the power lights are on but it does not sound as though the disk engaged.  Have checked connections and all appear OK.  Suggestions?

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I am trying to revive a computer that hasnt been used for a few years. Its a barebone system with additional 128mb graphics card and 512ram. It came from Novatech complete with there Windows XP home disc.
The system was working fine when it was in use a few years ago. I packed it away for just under a year and tried using it about a year ago and it was fine until i noticed the CD/DVD drive not working. Some using it also mentioned a pop came from it but on my investigation following this it seemed fine all but the CD/DVD drive.
Anyway it got packed away for a further year and no I have decided to recover it again.
I sorted out the CD/DVD drive which seemed to be down to loose cabling or something inside, works fine now.
I loaded the XP recover disc (Nova techs own) and did a complete reinstall. I added some basic software such as Firefox, Avast and drivers and did a restart and all was good.
Shut it down and restarted but cant complete the process. Just after I see the Windows XP Graphic on screen the computer reboots its self again and then again and so on and never recovers.
So I put the disc in again and did another reinstall.....same thing happened again.
I left it a few weeks and started it up...it worked....installed a couple of software aps again...shut down, restarted...same again. Another fresh install and ...you guessed it....same again.
The one thing I need to change is the clock battery inside but I doubt that should cause all this...should it?

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A:Computer keeps restarting itself and wont fully boot up.

A flat "clock" battery as you call it (the CMOS battery) can cause the BIOS to "forget" the hard drive parameters and other configuration info, so renewing it is a good idea. If still no joy, I can't help thinking it's caused by something you've installed which is incompatible with a relatively old and low-powered system, as a lot of software these days is written with the assumption that everyone owns a PC which contains the latest technology and bags of RAM. From the software you've mentioned, I have a suspicion that Avast is causing it.

With only 512MB RAM installed, that leaves very little for third-party software after Windows has taken the lions share, and since Avast is something that loads with Windows, that's why I suspect it as being the culprit.

If it's not Avast or some other software, it could be a corrupt or incompatible third-party device driver.
If Windows will start in 'Safe Mode' (give it a try) it usually means a driver issue.
Remember, antivirus software installs drivers too, so yet another reason why it might be Avast that's causing your startup problem.

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CHKDSK keeps restarting after Windows XP tries to load up. CHKDSK runs through the 3 steps and says everything checks out okay but after windows tries to start up it goes right back into CHKDSK again. It will keep on doing this continuously until you power down the computer. I have ran the Windows Recovery from my startup disc that came with the computer with the chkdsk /r. I have also downloaded a Windows Recovery disc from the internet. But when it tries to load up I get 0X0000007E error message. Tried to start in Safe Mode but it will not go to Safe Mode.

A:CHKDSK keeps restarting and computer wiil not boot up

How to Create a Bootable XP Recovery Console CD - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/276527/how-to-create-a-bootable-xp-recovery-console-cd/ Try following the above...and then running the chkdsk /r command from the Recovery Console.How to use CHKDSK in the XP Recovery Console - http://pirules3.14.googlepages.com/recovery_console_chkdsk System manufacturer and model?Louis

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Hi. I just got the new MSI 660TI 2GB PE Graphics Card. After installing the card, the computer keeps restarting after a couple seconds before showing anything about starting windows. In other words, the computer is restarting in the BIOS after a couple seconds.

Here are my PC specs:

Intel Qaud 2 Core Q6600 2.4ghz CPU
650W PSU

OLD GPU: ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+

I have tried to troubleshoot in everyway I can think of. The computer boots fine when I put the old GPU back in. Putting the new GPU in my brothers computer works totally fine (he just got the same new GPU). I have tried updating drivers, updating directX, disabling restart on system failure (from within Windows, although it doesn't seem to be getting into windows at all). The power supply could be the problem I suppose but the 9800 GTX+ was a heavy power user so I figured that wouldn't be a problem (and my brother is running his system with the 660TI off of a 600W PSU).

Is there anything that could be overheating from simply installing the new card? If the card itself is overheating, why would it be working fine in another system?

Thanks in advance. Hoping to get this figured out.

A:New Graphics Card - Computer Restarting on Boot

The MSI card is PCIe 3.0 and your old Zotac card is PCIe 2.0. your motherboard only supports PCIe 2.0 EVGA | EVGA 750i SLI FTW | EVGA 750i SLI FTW

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I posted this in the Windows 7 forum as well.
I'm having a problem with my laptop lately and so far I've been unsuccessful in finding a solution on the internet.
Dell Inspiron 
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
The laptop boots without any issues and loads into Windows without any problems at all. When I click to open any program after a few seconds or so the laptop automatically says it is 'Shutting Down' and restarts back to the Windows login screen. This all happens gracefully.
I believe this has something to do with the Networking on this laptop. My reasons for this are as follows:
1. I boot into Safe Mode with Networking and I experience the issue as stated above.
2. I boot into Safe Mode and everything works fine
3. I shut down all services via msconfig, rebooted and the laptop never restarted. Once I activated all services the latop started rebooting.
I've tried updating the Wireless and Ethernet drivers but I still experience the same issues.
I booted into Safe Mode after experience the issue and took a look at the 'Event Viewer' and the Windows logs. Here are the errors that are showing up a lot.
The Network List Service service depends on the Network Location Awareness service which failed to start because of the following error: The dependancy service or group failed to start.
DCOM got error 1068 attempting to start the service netprofm with arguments "" in order to run... Read more

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I have been trying to install Windows 7 Pro 64 OEM to my newly built machine on to my SSD drive.

It begins the install fine then when it goes to the windows logo on black (boot screen) and is updating the registry, it restarts and goes in to a restart loop. I have tried loads of different settings including the original BIOS settings. I Currently have it set up to boot from SSD drive first.

Why is it doing this? I have hunted around on forums but cant quite find the answer to my situation.

You can see the components I have on my profile. I have taken out the other HDDs for now but all the other hardware is including a LG CH10LS20 Internal DVD?R/RW & Bluray Combo SATA Drive.

I have been trying to do this all day and really want to get my new beat up and running I have a big project to do on it!!

Thanks in advance for any assistance!


A:Computer keeps restarting during boot whilst installing

Woohoo! After many ours of troubleshooting I have finaly managed to solve it!!

I finaly change the BIOS setting from IDE to AHCI and that seemed to do the trick!

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Hi all,

Last nite, I forced my computer to turnoff (when I was working in windows) by holding the power button . And this morning, the computer (sony vaio) failed to boot into Window (the screen goes blank after the Sony logo appears, the Windows logo even hasn't appeared yet). Then I took out my harddisk, and I could still get access to the data inside when tested by my another machine.

I tried to use a Windows XP CD to boot into Recovery Console, and after doing the following things, but I still got the same blank screen after the Sony logo:

COPY the ntldr file from the Windows XP cd to my computer

Then I tried pressing F8 after the sony logo appears, and got into the SAFE MODE, but it stopped and hang in :


Since the last line is ......\NDIS.sys, so i thought it might be a problem relating to the file, then I copy both NTFS and NDIS files from the windows CD to my computer, and that still didn't work.

Now I am running chkdsk, it took really long time, and I JUST FIGURED OUT THAT THERE IS A "CYCLE OF COMPLETION": i.e. whenever it goes to 73% completetion, it went back to 51%.

Please someone helps, it will be greatly appreciated.

A:After I forced the computer to turn off, no longer boot into windows

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Good evening,

One of my laptops has been running very slow and internet searches are very strange and showing me results that I did not ask for. Microsoft Security Essentials also stopped working and when I uninstalled and reinstalled it started finding a few trojans. I tried multiple times to remove the trojans using MSE and everytime it would require a restart, so I did. Now my laptop will not boot past the Microsoft Error Recovery screen and I am unable to boot in any mode. I've been doing searches now for a few hours and see that this has happened to quite a few people not just me. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

A:Sirefef and Alureon infection computer will no longer boot

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We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.
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I managed (don't know how)
a, to get my 8100 to fail to boot.
b, try an incorrect restore disc (that created an invalid partition)
c,then enable a hdd password i can't remember or bypass(using DELL)

If that lot doesn't seem unlucky enougth after loosing my mobile i now realise my (lil millenium bug) is the only HD with my childrens pictures on it.

Been diviorced with a real bunny boiler of an x i would be grateful for any asssistance in getting to the stored data...(that can't be replaced)

I aplologise if this thread isn't writen the best but is first forum i've ever visited...

Can anyone offer assistance as i would really like to be able to retrieve the pic's some taken 10yrs ago that can never be reproduced

Thanks in advance (a stupid beginner)......

A:Computer will no longer boot, how to retrieve data off hard drive ?

I'd suggest paying someone to do it professionally as then it will get done properly, as opposed to someone here telling you how to DIY.

Just my 2 cents.

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I am trying to help a family member fix their desktop they got from someone else and when I turn it on the computer keeps restarting and won't boot past the Windows start screen. It gives you the black screen with options of which way to start (i.e. safe mode) and no matter which one you select it restarts the computer and sends you right back to the same screen, it was an endless loop of restarts(I tried clicking each mode type and tried to get it to restore from the last working restore point after each it just restarted again). Can anyone help me figure out how to get back to the regular operating screen so I can get it virus/malware free and working again?Other Info:- This computer is as far as I know infected with at least one type of virus/malware (which was part of turning it on,so we could download software to remove whatever is on it.)- We do not have any software disk(s) for the PC -It is a Windows XP editionAny help or direction to help would be greatly appreciated, as I am completely lost! [Moderator edit: post moved to more appropriate forum. jgw]

A:Computer keeps restarting and won't boot past Windows start screen

Hello, and sorry for the delay!We Need to Diagnose Your BlueScreenWhen you boot your machine, press F8 to list the startup options, exactly as you would if you were trying to enter Safe ModeSelect "Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure", as shown here:
When your system BSODs, write down the STOP error code, as well as any written out error message back here. The STOP error will always appear, but the message may not. You are looking for this:
Please post me the error(s).

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hi, im a new member and ive had a really bad computer problem this year. When i open my computer, it loads normally up until the black windows loading screen pops up. It stays on it for ages and doesn't load, after about 2-3 minutes it automatically restarts and the problem starts all over again. I've tried all the booting options (e.g. safe mode) and i have also formatted my computer 3 times in 6 months. As you can probably work out, it has happened this year on about once every 2 months this year. I've had this problem once before but it has never repeated since now. I have also tried system restore, but it does not seem to work. I have also checked if my computer is overheating, and it doesn't seem to be the case as there is no dust in my fans or anywhere else inside the computer. Can anyone offer me some help please?

Thank you very much.

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So my laptop is about a year old and aside from having to switch out a bad graphics card about a month ago, it's never had any real problems. This morning, though, I noticed my laptop didn't seem to be booting correctly. It would display the HP logo as always, then show a blinking cursor which just sat there. Normally, my laptop boots in a little under a minute, and that cursor is only onscreen for about 3 seconds. Now, the cursor remains for 2 minutes or so, after which the computer continues booting. Overall boot time is now 3 minutes or more. This last time I restarted it, the screen was totally blank for three minutes, after which the vista logo suddenly popped up followed by my desktop.

The other odd thing is that windows can no longer recognize my DVD/CD drive. It seems the same as always physically, at least as far as I can tell, but windows does not seem to know it's there; it's gone from both My Computer and device manager, and nothing happens when I insert a disc (even though it's set to autoplay.) The drive light still lights up and it still pops out like normal, however. I played a DVD on it just last night with no problems. Earlier that day I had burned a DVD, but that's something I do often and it's never posed any issues; the program I use is ConvertXtoDVD 3. It can't detect the drive either now.

I would assume these problems are connected somehow, since they both started at the same time; but I can't figure out how they're connected. I'm wondering if one cau... Read more

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I run Windows 7 Home Premium and have the installation CD. My PC is homebuilt. It's about 1.5 years old.

My problem started on Tuesday. I turned my PC on Tuesday morning and everything was fine (Windows was allowed to do an update the previous night). I turned my computer off and later that day turned it on and it would no longer boot. Oddly enough, Windows appears to have done another update that morning without my consent according to the system restore information. I did not do much at all that morning other than things I did on a regular basis. I run top notch antivirus and blocking software (though it could always be a crazy new virus these days). I am able to go to the admin account's recovery tools page. I have tried system restores at all 7 points and none work. They all "finish" and then pop up a message saying an unspecified error caused it to fail. I have tried to use the repair disk to reinstall the MBR via the dos prompt in the recovery tools (using the installation CD as the source) and even though it says it restores it, the PC still won't boot. chkdsk says everything is fine. I'm at a loss for what to do next.

I think it's one of 2 things at this point. Either the HD is failing (with no signs prior to this incident), or a windows update messed up something. I doubt it's something I did that morning as I didn't do anything new and actually did very little at all.

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A:Error Code 0x490-Computer Will No Longer Boot to Desktop-Repair Fails

You can download a Liinux ( Ubuntu ) distro, and run it in the Live CD mode, and recover all of your files to a separate drive/partion/USB drive, then reinstall the OS... Hope this helps...

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I'm hoping you guys can help me out, I just know I am infected by some malware, virus, or both and really need some help.

It seems everyday my computer gets slower and slower and I have to reboot often throughout the day to get it to run somewhat smoothly again. Its gotten to a point now though that I can hardly ever get a clean boot into Windows without a blue screen or crashing. I have ran several programs in safe mode to try to clean it such as Ad-Aware, SUPERANTISPYWARE, etc. and no luck.

I have Windows XP and whatever other information you need to help me out, I will be glad to provide. Thanks in advance!

A:Computer runs slower the longer it is on, now its almost impossible to boot windows without a blue screen or crashing...

Hello and welcome .Lets try to run these. Please post the logs and tell me how it is after.What is your Antivieus?Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop. * Double-click SecurityCheck.exe * Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. * A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.Run TFC by OT (Temp File Cleaner)Please download TFC by Old Timer and save it to your desktop. alternate download linkSave any unsaved work. TFC will close ALL open programs including your browser! Double-click on TFC.exe to run it. If you are using Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator. Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion. Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately. If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.Download Link 1Download Link 2MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
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ok so my laptop's a few years old. It came with Windows 7 Home Basic. it still has it.

My question is that it take A LOT of time to boot. Heres what happens:

1. The starting windows doesn't take that long to disappear, im satisfied with it.
2. But the welcome screen, ugh, First it just displays the Welcome screen background without the 'welcome' text, only the loading circle. Then after a little while the 'welcome; text appears, this par takes a lot of time.

Then the desktop finally appears, but wait theres more!!!

The icons on the desktop appear as white pages (files) then one by one their respective images appear. Sometimes even after the desktop appears it wakes about 5-6 seconds for the login sound to be played.

I have a Intel core i3-2330M processor 2.20ghzz
With 4gigs of ram and 500Gb of harddisk space, which is filled more than 50 percent (about 210 gbs are available).

I've tried to defragment my harddisk, Use CCleaner, used MsConfig to disable a lot of startup rpograms and services and remove a few programs. I would like you to suggest some other software for 'cleaning' or 'optimizing' my harddisk, as i think that its filled way too much and that may be the cause.

OFF TOPIC: is it possible to remove everything from my harddisk 'except' Windows? Because i don't want to format my harddisk and then reinstall Windows.

Any tips and tricks are also welcomed.

A:Windows is taking longer and longer to Boot?

For a test, disable ALL startup programs in msconfig.

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Hope you guys can help.

Lately I've noticed that it is taking my PC longer and longer to fully boot-up after switching it on. It's af if there are loads of programs being loaded minutes after the desktop finally appears. When the desktop is on, the icons on the desktop dissappear and refresh numerous times and the 'egg timer' next to the pointer goes through a process vanishing a re-appearing as if there are lots of things going on in the background.

My PC was never this slow at starting up, what could be the problem? Time to get a new PC?

What info do you require in order for a diagnosis to take place?


C h r e d g e

A:PC taking longer and longer to boot-up...

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How do I restart windows XP without restarting my computer?

The reason I ask is I suspect that auto shut off monitor gets tired of going on then off then on again.

A:Restarting Windows XP without restarting computer

You can't actuall restart XP without restarting the computer. You can logoff, but that will still wake up the monitor.

If you want to turn off the monitor auto-shutoff, go to your control panel and open up power options.

You can get use the presentation mode to not turn off the monitor.

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I have been using windows xp for a long time. I have two actual HD, one partitioned into 4, and another without any partition, giving me a total of 5. I was using two instance of windows xp installed in drive C and another in drive E (both are actually located in just one HD, but the other HD somehow got in between the two)

I finally decided to change the windows xp in drive C into windows 7. After installation, my previous option of choosing between which windows xp to use no longer appears and it goes straight to my new windows 7. I tried these four command :

bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "Windows XP"
bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=E:
bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr
bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast

So now an option appears before loading any windows but whenever i try to go to windows xp, it cant. It seems like i need to do more bcdedit.

Please help. Thanks!


A:Dual boot with Windows 7, and XP no longer appears in Boot Manager

Another physical hard drive can not possibly get between 2 partitions on a totally seperate physical hard drive.

If you can get in to your machine, post us a shot of disk management.

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I used MicroTool partition manager to delete the extra partitions on an OS drive with win10 (leaving just the main C partition on the drive), and now the laptop will not recognize the SSD with the OS on it, and obviously cannot boot. I also tried using the bootable partition recovery tool from MicroTool, but restoring the partitions also does not work, it will only allow one of the two partitions to be restored.
Any suggestions to recreate these necessary partitions?

A:Deleted recovery and boot partitions; can no longer boot

Install Macrium Reflect Free on an operating computer. Create a rescue USB/DVD with it. Boot the laptop with the Macrium rescue USB/DVD. Under the restore menu is an option to fix windows startup problems.
Macrium Reflect Free

Also, Kyhi's Bootable Windows PE might have EasyBCD on it. You can use EasyBCD to create boot files from scratch:
Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums

If you have an UEFI bios you are probably going to need to create a small (150mb) FAT32 partition to hold the boot files. But you can try just putting the boot files on C: drive first.

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On my server, I have a dual boot system with ME (E & XPSP2 (L each on their own partition. My C: Drive is my booting partition the first partition on my hard drive 0. All partitions are FAT32
The system worked until recently and booted fine into either using the XP boot loader. Due to my own error the machine no longer boots into ME. IT does boot into XP. Any attempt to boot into ME results in a totally blank screen without a prompt.
The Windows ME folder on E: is undamaged. It seems the boot loader can not find the Windows ME folder.
All original boot files on C: seem to be in tact. (io.sys, msdos.sys, ntldr, autoexec.bat, boot.ini, config.sys etc....) Actually they are a working backup copy.
My mistake was, that I accidentally formatted the C: partition and restarted the computer. I then copied the backup system boot files back to the C: partition.

What have I done ? Did I destroy the MBR ?
HOW do I fix this to get the boot loader to boot win ME and XP again ?
I am hoping not to have to reinstall the operating systems.
Drive C: should be the active partition ?? correct ?? ( It currently is)
I have backups of everything, boot disks etc.
Is their a way to boot directly into ME with a floppy ?
My problem is I do not understand what is the order of events when ME boots normally.
I tried a "bootcfg" from the XP recovery console and that made things worse by finding and trying to boot my backup windows folders
On drive (I. "Bootcfg" did not find the ME w... Read more

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Desktop will no longer boot. Followed all troubleshooting steps and still inop.

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A few days ago, I started getting some blue screens and quickly made an image of my C:\ drive in the event the disk was going to die. After restoring said image to a new disk, I cannot boot into windows, as after my finagling, I got to the starting windows screen at which time the boot failed and returned the computer to POST. I then disabled the restart and got the error message, which reads:A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screeen,restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controlers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated.Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and thenrestart your computer.Technical information:*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xFFFFF880009A9928,0xFFFFFFFFC000000D,0X0000000000000000,0x0000000000000000)I googled the error message, and after ensuring that letter for letter this is the same message that I am getting, I began to run the fix outlined in this post (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic359932.html) which I had found on google.I will post the log and MBR info when the scans are done. In the interim, can anyone tell me how much more "fun" I am in for with this problem?

A:Can no longer boot to Win 7 x64

one small update...bootsect /nt60 C: - may be unreliable since the drive could not be locked... access denied.

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Hi, for some reason everytime i start my pc up it goes through all the bios check and then come up with, Windows encounterd a promblem, choose from - Safe Mode,Boot Logging,Last Known Config, or Windows normally. Now what ever i choose it just restarts. I Turned off automatic restart and now goes to a blue screen with the error code ' STOP 0X0000007B'.

Now the weird part, i put the HD that the windows is installed on into my spare computer (Packard Bell Pentium II), and it boots up fine without a problem. Any help would be greatful helpful, i have tried checking disk for errors and booting with Windows CD etc but surely if it works in my other computer it has to be something wrong with my original Comp?. Here's some details of what im using..

Windows XP Home Edition SP 1
Fujitsu Siemens 'Scenic' Computer

im not too good with the details as im on the spare computer right now and can't check, but thats the basics.

Thanks in advance.

A:PC Keeps Restarting at Boot


Originally Posted by ilikegirlsyo

Hi, for some reason everytime i start my pc up it goes through all the bios check and then come up with, Windows encounterd a promblem, choose from - Safe Mode,Boot Logging,Last Known Config, or Windows normally. Now what ever i choose it just restarts. I Turned off automatic restart and now goes to a blue screen with the error code ' STOP 0X0000007B'.

These errors are usually problems with RAM. Your RAM may have died or been burned. Any power surges, power outages?


Originally Posted by ilikegirlsyo

Now the weird part, i put the HD that the windows is installed on into my spare computer (Packard Bell Pentium II), and it boots up fine without a problem. Any help would be greatful helpful, i have tried checking disk for errors and booting with Windows CD etc but surely if it works in my other computer it has to be something wrong with my original Comp?. Here's some details of what im using..

Messing with hard drives like that usually won't give you good results, as a reminder for future experiments....

Another thing that supports the idea that the RAM or hardware in your original computer is going dead / is dead. You may want to try this...


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I have encountered several machines, not mine, that have restarted during boot. Typically this will happen after the windows loading screen, the black one comes up, and will often be accompanied by a blue screen of death.

My question is not so much as how to fix it but more of why this occurs.

A:Causes of boot restarting

there are lots of reasons, driver issue - the blue screen, will tell you the stop code and then you can look up on the web possible reasons why


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My wife fired up her PC this morning and it would not complete the boot process. Shows Windows XP page, then COMPAQ page, then black screen, then back to Windows XP page. Just keeps going in circles. I have switched it off and tried again but usually with same results. A couple of times I have gotten page saying there was a problem and asking if I wanted to start in safe mode. I've tried this. Seems to rapidly scroll through a bunch of lines of info, then quickly go back to the reboot cycle.
I can go into setup or recovery from the COMPAQ page. I want to avoid having to reload all my wife's applications though.

I don't have the original XP disk.
I have current antivirus/spyware (AVG paid version, installed about a week ago). We've made no other recent hardware/software changes, although my daughter was on the net last night!

Any suggestions for an amatuer?

A:PC will not boot up, keeps restarting

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After a virus scan my computer stopped letting me log in so I did a repair installation. Now, aftrer my bios flashes onscreen as usual it goes black for a second and the computer restarts itself. The Windows booting screen with the scrolling bar doesn't even show up. I tried F8 and booting last good configuration and Safe Mode but the computer continues to restart before XP seems to even load. MY PC settings are exactly like they were before the installation.

I would really appreciate any help before I attempt a complete clean reinstall. I have a lot of work I'd like to save.

Thanks in advance.

A:XP won't boot and keeps restarting

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recently my pc which is xp 2800 amd athlon with 1.5gb ram has been restarting on boot up and i have noticed that the 2800 actualy drops to 1250 too, to get the system to start up i go into the bios and load optimal settings and fail safe settings and it loads up.

but today i got the msg saying that there is a file missing or corrupt. in system32 i done a search on here and came across a fix which was the repair feature on the bootable disc, firstly i done the chkdsk/r which found one fault and repaired it then i done the copy the txt files and delete similar files and then exited but still i have a problem and that is i no longer get the error msg but i get as far as the xp loading page then the system restarts again, i have taken out each of the 3 ram sticks and tried them in each slot one at a time but to no avail.
any help will be greatly appreciated.

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