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Repeatedly restarts after Windows loads

I have a new to me/used computer that I know works, because before this issue everything was fine. When i put in the Windows XP download cd, halfway through i get an error message, so i figured that i'll take the HD out of my other computer which i use every day & just use the other HD as a slave for music, pictures, etc.

When i hook the new to me HD up as a slave, everything's fine on my current computer. But when I hook up my current HD with Windows XP on it, i get the "Safe Mode / Last Known Good Configuration / Start Windows Normally.. etc" screen.

When I click ANY of these, it gives me the little white windows loading bar & then restarts back to that same screen. I know that neither of the HDs or the RAM is corrupt & I'm completely at a loss.

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  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers May 11, 2010

    Have you tried, in addition to putting your second HD on the secondary connector, setting both HDs to Cable Select? This is how the South Bridge chip on newer machines expects them to be jumped.

    So you know, when you start an install of W2K or XP/Vista, the installation program creates a temporary folder for storage of the software. This is normally on the root HD of your system C: and looks like this $????$ where the question marks are specifc to your install but always preceded by a dollar sign and followed by a dollar sign. There is also temp files in the root directory of the primary hard drive that instructs the installer to pick up where it left off. By adding a second hard drive you have confused the installer and it gives up, starts again and then repeats like Ground Hog Day.

    If you can find a copy of Hiren's Boot CD to use, boot off that in your CD Tray and then navigate around the menus to get familiar with the programs located on this CD. As techs we all carry this tool with us, but you may find one to borrow for your needs. What you want to do is access the File Managers on Hiren's and use one that supports NTFS. Then you can access the files on your Primary Drive, delete all the temp folders and files and then try again. This is what I have to resort to when a PC shows up because a user has ended up in the same boat as you.

    Feel free to follow up by using the comment box below.


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