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My Laptop Won't Continue Booting

Hi. I have this old laptop from my late Dad. It's IBM iSeries 1200 Model 1161-92J with 128MB RAM only. I've been using it for quite sometime but just today, when I encountered this problem. It won't continue booting. Normally, when I use this a 500GB external HDD is already connected. It takes a while to finish booting but today is not the normal day as expected. When it starts booting, there is this blue screen that says "STOP......00x..." I can't read it because it change the screen fast. It will continue to the Starting up windows with the logo then it will stop and reset again. Same thing will display the 2nd time around. Just recently, I upgraded my Avast Antivirus and everytime I connect a USB, it will detect the autorun.inf & Recyler but I just ignore it because its not a virus right? Can you please help me with this problem? As much as I want to buy a new laptop, I can't afford it right now...

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  • mizzie_cs Dec 09, 2008

    Thanks freedykru.

    But I don't want to conclude that it's the hard drive that's causing the problem. I tried to reboot my laptop using a CD, format it, install OS..and it worked! I still need to observe though.. the problem might occur again..

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I have had this problem i would say its your hard drive telling you im dying, i cured my prob got a new hard drive well second hand one naughty naughty.but everything ok now,you might find that if you formatted your main drive then tried to load windows,it wouldnt.   ok!

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