My laptop has Windows XP and it randomnly shut off one day. Now, when I go to turn it on it loads the compaq screen then it goes to a black screen asking me to start windows: safe mode/safe mode with networking/safe mode with command prompt/last known good configuration/start windows normally. However, I have tried each of those choices and it brings me to the screen to load windows then just goes back to the initial compaq screen. I've tried f10 Setup but nothing there has helped.
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Re: Will Not Boot/Keeps Rebooting
Suspected hard disk faulty or OS corrupted.
to check, take out your hard disk and put it in other laptop. if the problem persist your OS is corrupted. In that case, you need to reformat your OS in a defaulty factory settings.
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It could be a problem with the harddrive and memories ,if you enter the DELL bios setup page when the computer starts up does it have an option to test the hard drive if so test it. Also if you have two memory sticks then try with only one and vice versa.
Try booting with another boot CD like the ultimate boot CD it has some hard drive testing tools too.
You're computer is booting that's not your problem. Its just not booting into Windows which is a different subject, so a boot disk will not do you any good. You have some corrupted files at the Windows end not the start up end. The only way to correct the Windows corrupt files is to use a Windows disc. So you'll have to buy/borrow a portable DVD/CD player and a copy of windows. Once the Windows disc loads then its just a matter of clicking on "repair" when the disc asks..that one of the drawbacks of netbooks..If you have any questions let me know..
When XP gets into the rebooting mode, you will have to run a chkdsk or do an XP repair. You will not lose your data. But you do need your recovery cd or a WinXP cd.
Take the Windows XP disk. Boot from it, then DO NOT select F2 (automated system recovery) but continue through the procedure until you get to the point where you can choose between installing Windows XP and entering the Recovery Console. Once you get into the Recovery Console, do chkdsk and fix potential errors on your disks! Type chkdsk C: /R at the prompt in the recovery console.
XP repair When you boot with the Win XP install CD-ROM, it loads a minimal operating system, similar to DOS, but compatible with Win XP. At the first screen you select install Win XP (not Recovery Console) and at the next screen it will find that you already have Win XP and offer to attempt a repair. This repair should not touch your Applications or data; it just reinstalls the Windows files. This is great because when it works you don't need to reinstall all your software. Lastly, your drive can be taken out of the unit and set into an enclosure or adapter. The data can be saved, the your hard drive can be formatted and programs and data reinstalled. Good Luck, If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe
Can you boot into safe mode? If not then the reason it continually reboots may not be software. I've seen a number of laptops that exhibit the behavior because the CPU is overheating. Intel CPU's shut themselves down before they burn up. If you're comfortable opening the laptop you might try cleaning out the CPU cooling system. They tend to get clogged up with dust so that there is no airflow to cool the CPU.
If your Usb port works, then the mobo is working, so possible graphics problem.
Try booting up in safe mode(normally pressing F8) on boot up then highlight 'start windows in safe mode', to see if Windows will load with only minimal drivers, if so restart again, pressing F8 again, but this time highlight 'start windows with last known good configuration'
Doing any of these 2 things can be done in any order, either last known good config first or safe mode.