My computer only runs in safe mode

June 4, 2006 at 13:18:46
Specs: Windows XP Prof. SP2, 1.7mhz/1gb ddr ram
Here is a link to a topic on another site... ...I am very illiterate around computer software, I picked out the parts I wanted and had a tech put it together for has two HDs but one is dead, I'm afraid to take it out but i think it may be the source of the problem. I have Adaware Prof. and ZoneAlarm ISS. Neither one of them is finding any viruses or spyware. My computer has given me the same message since I had it put together, but it has only been doing this for a few months, I'm afraid to turn it off because sometimes it just keeps restarting..I was thinking aout takking out the BIOS battery to reset it but i know nothing about BIOS and how to set it up, I did that on an old computer because it automaticly reset itself. Thanks for any help...

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June 4, 2006 at 13:39:26
No problem. Just unplug the machine from the wall, remove the battery for 30 seconds and replace, plug it back in and boot. While the machine is down you may want to remove the bad hdd. Just unplug it from the ide ribbon and the power plug.

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June 4, 2006 at 14:49:54
Are you sure it is safemode, normally a window will appear, informing you that Windows is running in Safe Mode, and the words "Safe Mode" will appear on all four corners of the screen.

If indeed the system only boot up in safemode, you should try a Clean Boot of your machine to help isolate the culprit.

0. From the safemode desktop, click Start, and click Run. The Run window appears.

1. In the Open box, type msconfig and then click OK. The System Configuration Utility appears.

2. From the General tab, click Selective Startup radio button.

3. Uncheck all options with the exception of "Load System Services" & "Use Original BOOT.INI".

When you are done the following should be in an unchecked state, *Process SYSTEM.INI File, Process WIN.INI File & Load startup items* or you've missed something.

4. Click Apply, and then click Close.

5. When prompted to restart the computer, click Yes.

Now if it boot up in normal mode you should get a message to the effect of the changes you just made in msconfig, don't worry about it, but make sure you put a check in the box that says "Do not show me this message again" and click the "OK" button.

If you get as far as above, post back to let us know.

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June 4, 2006 at 16:40:22
I tried post #2, it didn't work. Yes I am sure my PC is in safe mode. It always tried to boot normally, but restarts while it is on the screen that says "Windows Xp" and has the blue bars going across that litte box. After it restarts it gives me the options of start in safe mode, etc.

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June 4, 2006 at 17:07:35
I tried #1 just now, that made it worse, now I cant connect to my messengers, its the only way I can talk to my girlfriend...any tips on how to get MSN messenger back up?

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