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Will not Reboot back into Windows?

My Laptop is Dell CPi A11 version at 192 RAM and 30 GB HDD; It has been running great, but when I put my XP Sp2 Disk back in to "Repair" any corrupted files, now it looks like the OS fell apart on install with the auto reboot points on the Disk? Now everything starts(Boots) normal except at the last point when a Image of Windows starts for 1 second and Windows fails to start? I saw the Partition Table with Boot-up Disk-all is the same as usual since Disk Partition and original XP install. About 20 Gigs of Free Space remain on HDD. I cannot get to my LogOn Screen? I already tried my 6-Disk Bootup followed by the XP CD in the ROM but the XP Disk will not Bootup anymore? Keep in mind that I have the External Floppy hooked up that works good and the Removable CD-ROM stays in place and works for other CD Program installs. I hope this is a piece of cake for one of you GURUs. Please impress me Fast!
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  • supachik Jan 14, 2008

    . Cannot boot into safe mode even using all emergency Disks, AVG, Norton Disk, etc.
    . Normal boot until I reach LogOn screen, then it auto reboots after a second of screen shown-ten computer starts normal reboot again automatically.
    . The 'Repair' option is offered by XP Disk if you do not want a 'Clean' install and lose all you personal settings.
    . I have a small 'Port Replicator' with USB for Laptop and wireless mouse.
    . There are no error messages during all this auto-rebooting which will not stop if I let it go.
    . I used a GUI Utility to see what files are on the HDD still; The GUI results say the Boot.ini file has been deleted? I wonder if the XP Auto install Disk deleted the file without backing it up?

    Keep me posted. I really do not want to blank the disk and partion again if not needed. In DOS the Partition is good and Drives there like usual. What's interesting is that I used my 6-XP Startup Disks and my computer rebooted, but the XP Auto Disk in the CD-ROM did not begin toward the LogON Screen like I expected. I checked the XP Disk on my larger computer and the Files are there. I have three XP Pro Sp2 Disks-tried them all and with the same negative results. HELP


  • supachik Jan 19, 2008

    RE: Dell Laptop CPi A OS will not install

    Turns out the removable CD-ROM Drive was defective. It did not read my Program Disk. Put in another Drive and went to changing Partition in DOS-Was able to save my XP NTFS on the Drive and install an early Upgrade Version of WIN 98 from the new CD-ROM Drive and it took finally. From this version I was able to install WIN ME and then my XP PRO SP2. I was too far gone even for my SpotMau Disaster Recovery Disk-which is Awesome as long as there is some kind of Windows to work with. Spotmau let me have a Floppy NTFS GUI Utility Download which showed me that the NTFS Files were still hidden on the HardDrive. When Windows was finally booted up, the SpotMau CD Disk installed. You got to have this CD Utility. It has to be unzipped, then use their Burn utility to put the Program on a CD that autostarts. It probably matches the quality of Diskeeper Pro, DAP Premium and Incredimail in its own right. Also if you want to Partition, this one is you real magic-It's just too easy to use! Check it out! My problem is solved.
    Thanks guys



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Say, are you able to boot into safe mode? Also, what exactly happens when you try to boot normally. It simply gets stuck? Are there any error messages on the screen?

Posted on Jan 14, 2008

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  • Damen Wong
    Damen Wong Jan 14, 2008

    When you mean "repair", do you mean that you booted into the recovery console?

  • Damen Wong
    Damen Wong Jan 14, 2008

    Also, I would like to know if there are any peripherals attached to your computer externally except for the floppy disc unit.

  • Damen Wong
    Damen Wong Jan 14, 2008

    The boot.ini has to be present for XP to load. Could you please try to boot with nothing attached to your computer? Also...what happens when you try to boot into safe mode. It also doesn't enter Windows and reboots with no error messages?

  • Damen Wong
    Damen Wong Jan 19, 2008

    I am glad it worked out for you =)


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Well you kinda messed up your windws instillation and the only way you are going to get the pc working again as a complete format and reinstall..

1.) boot from the windows xp cd,
2.) delete the partition to remain with one huge unpartationed spcce.
3.)select this unpartationed space and hit enter
4.)do a full format and let windows reinstall it self.

this will remeover everything on your harddrive including the messed up files and boot sector, rewrite you mbr etc..

so you will need to reinstall all your drivers and software..

if you need further help or details reply here ..

Posted on Jan 14, 2008

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  • Rishi Roshan Ali Jan 14, 2008

    To boot from cd rom,
    step one Enter the Setup (enter bios, bios settings)

    it says what ket to prees when you turn on the system its eighter del, F1, F2 or something like that it will tell you what key.

    Go to the boot options, and set the cd rom as the first boot device..

  • Rishi Roshan Ali Jan 14, 2008

    Try reinstalling windows on the same same trive without changing the file system, you will recover all your files where you can back them up and then you can format and reinstall,,, OTHER than that i dont see how you can recover your mbr..

    you can try booting of thw windows cd

    select repair

    then when the command prompt comes up type

    fix boot

    fix mbr

    and that might help you get past the log on screen, actually it should give you a full bot but it will run kinda sloppy

    proberally a defragment might help a bit

  • Rishi Roshan Ali Jan 15, 2008

    OK If you barve enough enough and you want to try this,,

    1.)Put the harddrive on another system where you can get axcess to the files

    2.)copy any boot.ini file from any system and paste in on your harddrive.. other files needed as well as autoexec.exe..

    3.) replace harddrive in your system.




    7.)TYPE fixboot or fix boot

    8.)enter fixmbr or fix mbr

    9.) enter fixboot or fix boot again

    10.) TRY BOOTING type exit and your system will restart..

    That will get it to boot and you will be able to get off your personal data ...

  • Rishi Roshan Ali Jan 15, 2008
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