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Gateway pc xp 2000, start and stay on problem

My gateway xp2000 pentium 4 will not start...have to turn on at least 75 to 100 times..then each time black screen apears saying .. pick to start on last good configuration.....or safe mode and so forth... i click yes...and it continues to shut down , some times it will not even give me time to click on anything...thats how fast it shuts down.( its about 4 years old but a fast pc and i want to continue to use it ...if it can be fixed at a reasonable cost ? i have no idea who could do a fair fix as i am located in new port richey, fl 34654 and do not know a repair shop......i am not on that pc now to ask question...cause it will not let me start it up.....i dont remember but i have plenty memory and hard disk space......
if i bring it to a shop ...can it be fixed ? can some one tell me what could be wrong ? maybe i can buy a part and replace ......thank you for any help.
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Re: gateway pc xp 2000, start and stay on problem

I've been to Port Richey... and I agree.. no shops..

Try this:

You can boot to the XP cd and when you see the Welcome to setup press the letter R
You will get a dos prompt
Then type "chkdsk /p" without the quotes and hit enter
When that is done type "fixboot" and hit enter
"Y" and enter at the prompt
Then type "exit" and hit enter
The system will now reboot into Windows

If you don't have a cd, there are other methods, but this is just the easiet. Let me know

Posted on Jan 11, 2008

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