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Keeps rebooting before getting to xp welcome screen

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This is generally due to a Driver ir system file corruption, but sometimes it is a motherbaord problem. The easiest way to tell is by looking at the capacitors around the CPU (these usually go first) and the rest of the board. look for the tops to be domed as they should be flat. if you find none then try pressing the F8 key as soon as the very first screen goes away after you press power on. then choose safe mode. if it will boot into safe mode then boot from your XP cd and choosing the repair option. If you dont have an XP cd you can order one from HP. DO NOT us the recovery option that is usually available from the first screen at boot up, this will wipe your drive and copy a fresh install from an image located on the recovery partition.

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There are 2 ways to fix this problem..
1) Try repairing your windows or install it again.
2) you can scan your system with a boot time scanner.( A boot time scanner scan your PC even before the windows load)
You can Download BitDefender disk from http://download.bitdefender.com/rescue_cd/
Just download the bitdefender-rescue-cd.iso file. Burn it on a disk and then boot your PC with that disk.

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The XP operating system could be corrupted. The hard drive could be physically damaged. My guess is the main board got over heated. Where I work have simular DELL computers. These models are too small to have the correct ventilation. We replaced the hard drive twice on one and the other just died. Main board damaged. The one we replaced the hard drive, we leave the side cover open. Did you ever feel the heat coming off of you computer? Heat plus electronics equals serious damage

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    Yes, I did notice alot of heat coming from unit. I called dell support and they think it is the motherboard that has went bad. I tried to reinstall windows and when it went to reboot it just did the looping of starting all over again. Thanks again for your reply.

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