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My computer, AOpen Bare Bone System Model TABM2G, about 4/5 years old, became very infected with spyware. While trying to remove it the following message came on the monitor: "Windows is shutting down in order to avoid any damage to your computer." After this I cleaned the harddrive with a drive scrubber. Now it will not reboot so that I can re-install Windows XP. I did manage to access the BIOS setup and scrolled through the various items to be enabled. Then I saved it but the computer will not go beyond this point.I have searched the net and found many solutions but none have worked on this computer. Do you have any further advice to get this machine up and going? Thank you for this.

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  • Wally Collett Oct 22, 2008

    I appreciate your advice but........it is not helping now because I already went through those actions after which the computer reverted back to the screen with all the details about the date, time, the main processor, secondary master, secondary slave etc. etc. and nothing I do, or know how to do will take it beyond this. As I stated above, at one point I had it into Windows XP Set up and I have told you above what happened and I can't get out of it. So here's a challenge bigger than I seem to be able to find a solution for. If anyone knows the solution (and so far it seems no one does) I would be more than happy to know what it is. I have been trying for two months to solve this. I'm about to give up on it.

  • Wally Collett Oct 28, 2008

    You see if you read my submission carefully you will notice there is nothing on the hard drive because I already cleaned it with a drive scrubber. So the problem I seem to be having is to now get the drive to recognize the reinstall disk for Windows XP. As I said I can enter the BIOS set up and click on all the necessary items for the set up. But when that is done and I come to click on Save and Exit Setup it just goes around the circle again and I keep doing the same thing over and over with no response to the Windows XP startup disk. Now then does anyone have any solution to this, please?

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In the bios you will have to set the boot sequence to boot to CD first, instead of hard disk. Put the windows CD in the drive and press any key when it says so on the screen. Then just follow install instructions.

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  • patlmail Oct 23, 2008

    I guess the only solution would be to totally reformat the hard drive.
    you could save the information on the drive by taking out the hard drive and putting it into another computer as a slave.


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