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Keeps returning to safe mode screen

October 16, 2005 at 04:07:44
Specs: Windows xp, pentium 3 i believe

Let me start with a brief history of my computer. I own a dell latitude c840 that was purchased in July 2002. The only major problems that have occured were a busted harddrive and replacing the motherboard (all in 2003). The last two years i havent had any major problems. Last night while surfing the internet my computer froze up. I used the control/alt/delete command but that was also frozen/running very slow so I turned the power source off. I dont normally do that but I have done it in the past without any problems.
When attempting to start my laptop this morning it took me to the safe mode screen ("We apologize for the inconvenience but windows did not start successfully. A recnt hardware or software change might have caused this.....") , with the options of starting in safe mode, starting normally, starting with the previous settings, etc. Every option i attempted did the same thing... attempted to start in the mode i select, a blue screen flashes (for no more than a second) goes to the standard windows is loading screen, and returns me right back to that black screen with the safe mode options. Basically im stuck in this never ending cycle and I have no idea whats wrong with my computer or where to go from here... any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks


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#1
October 16, 2005 at 04:28:31

This may help.
ReInstalling WindowsXP
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/windowsxp_tips.htm
If you need to reinstall WindowsXP and want to keep all your current installed applications and settings:
1. Start WindowsXP
2. Go to the location of your source files
3. Run WINNT32 /unattend
For example, D:\I386\winnt32 /unattend ( copy & paste this command into the RUN box, then press ENTER ) Your computer will do the rest.
Or,
Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.
Copy & paste > D:\I386\winnt32 /unattend
Press Enter.
If you have i386 on your drive, you can replace D: ( if D: is your cd drive ) with the location of it.
I've often need to do this to repair something that had gotten corrupted and didn't want to do a clean install.

Or,

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
An option I highly recommend is creating a Slipstreamed XP CD with SP2.
AutoStreamer mirror link for AutoStreamer Best!!
Step by Step on AutoStreamer
http://www.simplyguides.net/guides/using_autostreamer/using_autostreamer.html
Or, if you hav'nt a slipstreamed Cd of XP, do a repair.
For example, D:\I386\winnt32 /unattend (type this command into the RUN box, then press ENTER) Your computer will do the rest.
Or,
Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt or, Start > click Run, type cmd and click OK.
Copy & paste > D:\I386\winnt32 /unattend
Press Enter.
If you have i386 on your drive, you can replace D: with the location of it.


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#2
October 16, 2005 at 05:25:51

Thanks for the quick reply john. I am studying abroad for a few months and my windows xp disk is not with me. I am also concerned about losing my pictures and music after reinstalling windows... Is there any quick fix just so i can retrieve my files?? Once again my computer wont leave the safe mode screen and when the blue screen "flashes" and i press F2 i am taken to the screen that displays all the information of my computer. those are the only two screens i have access too. Thanks vtdl

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#3
October 16, 2005 at 05:38:41

"If you have i386 on your drive, you can replace D: with the location of it."

i386 is your XP cd & may have been put on your hard drive.

vtdl, as you hav'nt backed up your work, you should really take the hard drive out & slave it to another computer, then copy your stuff onto it. In your situation, no such thing as > No Risk.


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#4
October 16, 2005 at 07:52:01

I had that problem before for some strange reason.
I sorted it by going to contol panel/system/advanced/clicking settings in start up and recovery/clicking Edit

this is what it showed (I have duel boot)

[boot loader]
timeout=3
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP network" /fastdetect /safe settings minimal

I deleted safe settings minimal ,it then went into windows normally.


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