XP computer - problems after power surge!

May 5, 2011 at 16:44:13
Specs: Windows XP Prof, Pentium Dual Core 2
I was working on my PC when we were hit by a power surge that lasted only a few seconds.
The machine does turn on ok, then goes on to the black screen where it says that Windows was not initiated correctly bla,bla, bla and if I want to start it in SAFE MODE and other option are offered etc. I select an option and enter, it then displays the Microsoft Windows XP screen and flickers quickly and briefly through a blue screen which it gives me no time to see what it says. It then goes through the whole process again. I have tried all options offered to no avail.
Can anyone help me please? Please advice.

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May 5, 2011 at 20:13:14
Can you enter the BIOS (setup) screens and stay in there with stability?

The surge could have damaged hardware or just corrupted your Windows installation. There are Live versions of Linux that run off a CDR. Download and burn one of them to CDR. If your computer can run OK that way then your problem is just a corrupted installation of Windows. You can perform a repair or if you maintain backup images you could apply one of them.

Below is a link to Puppy Linux. Also possible to install some versions of Linux to a flash drive, if your BIOS allows booting from a USB flash drive.


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