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System wont boot

My system wont boot, turn it on and it gets to the Windows XP screen and reboots, its a constant loop. Even in safe mode. I have run chkdisk and repaired any errors, does this mean my hard drive is bad or could their be another explanation?

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  • Cyndi Jensen Jan 12, 2009

    I turned the computer on one day and it just started continuously rebooting (it would get as far as starting windows screen) I finally booted fro Windows XP CD and formatted the hard drive, reinstalled windows and checked the disk. Everything worked great until I was almost finished with all the windows upgrades and it started again

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    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    any upgrades to the system recently including software ?

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    are you getting a bsod (blue screen of death) just before it reboots ?

    and is that a new system build or this just happened out of the blue (pardon the pun).

    also any recent upgrades that you have made to the system ?



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I have the same problem and it isn't your hard drive. I used two separate hard drives to test the theory. The first was bsod'ing at windows boot screen. Tried a repair and a clean install. It got so far as loading windows and died (no bsod). Used another brand new hard drive and did a clean install, it gets to the loading of windows and reboots. Both drives work like champs in other setups. If someone solves ur problem please post. Hope I helped narrow your issue some.

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I would slave the drive into another system revmove the data off it that i want to keep and then repartishion the drive and do a fresh install.

regards, daniel

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