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Wont boot into safe mode, hold up at loading driver acpi multiprocessor PC

I have a laptop with XP Home edition installed as the OS. One day it decided not to boot up properly. When trying to boot normally, it just restarts, due to some kinda problem, obviously... I try booting into safe mode and it stops at loading the acpi multiprocessor PC. I've tried to reinstall the OS, repair it, etc... Doesn't work. Any suggestions?

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  • dolphinsgt61 Oct 29, 2008

    I've reinstalled this again and again, repaired with the disk, I've moved RAM sticks already. I will now run check disk command from the recovery console. I'll keep you posted. Thanks



    David

  • dolphinsgt61 Oct 29, 2008

    Didn't seem to work, no sectors were bad, nothing was corrected. Any other suggestions? I"m thinking of running a killdisk on the drive and reinstalling it again.



    David

  • dolphinsgt61 Oct 29, 2008

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Hi,
Try resating the memory modules on the system. check with each memory module one bu one.
If the problem is still there , check the harddrive for errors or bad sectors .



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Do you have XP bootable CD? If yes goto BIOS settings and select primary booting device CD Drive and save settings and exit. After restarting your system You will be asked to press any key for installing the OS.

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===================

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Hope this answers all your questions,
please rate my answers.

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