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Computer will not boot up

Windows XP will start to boot up, then just goes blank, and tries to boot up again.... over and over!! Driving me crazy!!

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Re: Computer will not boot up

I had a similar problem with my pc at work, we found out eventually ii was a corrupt RAM which was installed that was causing the problem

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Re: Computer will not boot up

Hi Kimbug!

Have you added any new hardware or software? USB printers, drivers, anything like that? If you have added hardware, remove it.
If not.
Try going into safe mode, by pressing the F8 key twice a sec at boot up. You will be presented with several options. Use the up arrow to go to safemode, and press enter. A bunch of text will scroll up the screen, and it will go into safe mode. Click on the your ID and put in password if you have to. A popup will tell you it is in safemode, click yes, and see if it goes completely into windows.
If it does, go to start>run>Accessoris>System tools> system restore. Click on "restore my computer to an earlier date". That will give you a calender. Pick a date in bold where your pc worked and the click ok. You machine will reboot. If it works ok, and you have installed some new software that caused this, remove it.
Let us know what happens!
Good luck!

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Re: Computer will not boot up

Sounds like you have a virus or some kind of spyware. try putting in the XP install disk and booting up, then run a virus scan and a check Disc utility and see if that fixes the problem

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