Power Failure now reboot Loop

July 22, 2007 at 14:25:18
Specs: XP, ?

Had a power failure for about 2 seconds and my computer turned off. When I turned it back on it says,

We Apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfuly. A recent hardware or softwar change might have caused this. If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files, and folders, choose last known good configuration to revert to the most recent setting that worked. If a previous start up attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the power or reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the prob. choose start windows normally.(Then it gives you these options)
Safe Mode
Safe Mode w/ Networking
Safe Mode w/ Command prompt
Last Known Good Conf.
Start Windows Normally

I've tried all of these and it looks like it will start after showing the eMachine picture, but goes back to the same pages as above. The only other screen I can get it to is if I hit Crtl+Alt+Delete. That takes me to PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility. But not familiar with this page. Help!!

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July 22, 2007 at 14:55:29

Is this your first power failure?


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July 22, 2007 at 15:03:23

No, I have them about once every 2 months, but have never had any problems. My other computer was on, during 2 second power failure, but no problems with that computer.

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July 22, 2007 at 15:39:00

Sounds pretty much like the error lsass.exe makes. :S Hmm.
A reinstallation of windows would fix it, but there should be a better way. Fail-safe errors are all *****.
Can you take out the harddrive and put it in another computer? Then you'll have the posibility to check your boot.ini, win.ini and your system.ini plus your statups for problems.


Thor Byrgesen: The one,
oh the one computers and all electronics just hate.

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July 22, 2007 at 15:59:34

You lost me at "can you take out your hard drive" I have no idea where a hard drive is. Don't know what a .ini is. Sorry, I only know the basics, if that, for computers. I'm VERY good at following directions! I have the restore disk that came with the computer. Will that help?

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July 22, 2007 at 16:25:54

Oh. :)

Yes, that'll surely help.
What I was talking about, was the hardware where your computes saves its data. If we could check your data at another computer that didn't loop, it would be great. But ever since you don't know what you're doing, it won't be quite easy. It'll require that you take off the site of your computer, and finds all the right cables and such. The restore thing would be alot easier, but if you will save some programs and files, it could be a little bit risky. So wait and see a while, it could happen that someone comes up with a quicke solution.


Thor Byrgesen: The one,
oh the one computers and all electronics just hate.

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July 22, 2007 at 17:04:28

I wouldn't mind doing a quick restore, but there are a couple programs on the computer that I can't get back. I have a start up floppy disk. Not sure what that is. I put that floppy in the computer and it took me to A:\ but I don't know what to type...

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July 22, 2007 at 19:06:40

Before you do anything drastic like ripping into your hardware, try this:

There's a lot of "hopefullys" coming up, so be prepared.

As the machine is trying to start Windows, repeatly tap the F8 key. Hopefully this will take you into a slightly different text screen that will give you Safe Mode as an option. If it does, choose Safe Mode and hopefully it will take you to a log in screen that will have Administrator as a choice. (It may ask you about booting into Safe Mode somewhere along the line. If it does, obviously click Yes.) Hopefully you will be able to log into Safe Mode as Administrator. If you can, let it finish logging in, then log out and restart the computer. Hopefully this will solve your problem.

Don't ask me what logging into Safe Mode as Administrator does to get you out of the looping problem, but it has worked for me on 2 eMachines several times.

Good luck!

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July 22, 2007 at 19:35:34

Thanks for the suggestion, but once I get in that screen it gives me about 4 different choices like safe mode, etc., but it loops again and takes me back to the original black screen with all the writing I listed above. I have a Windows XP professional disk(however I don't think mine installed is prof. I think it's home) that I borrowed from my neighbor and I also have a disk I borrowed from a neighbor that is labeled...

Operating System
Already installed on your computer
Reinstallation CD
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Including Service Pack 1a

Is this something I could use? If so, what do I do?

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July 22, 2007 at 20:25:28

Just to be clear, you do realize that I am *not* talking about the same Safe Mode option screen that tells you about "the inconvenience". The Safe Mode screen I'm talking about is the one that anyone can get to via F8.

As far as the disks you have, I doubt they will work if they came with a specific machine. These "reinstallation" CDs are typically coded to only work with the mother board they came with. There are those folks that know how to fool them and get them to work, but I don't and I'm not sure it's something a novice should try.

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July 22, 2007 at 20:49:10

**"Thanks for the suggestion, but once I get in that screen it gives me about 4 different choices like safe mode, etc., but it loops again and takes me back to the original black screen with all the writing I listed above. "**

You are not waiting long enough.....when it gets to the writing....you may have to wait from 10 minutes to 1 hour for safe mode to come up. It WILL load up...so have patience...then once in safe mode...
do a restore to before the problem. Post back on how you make out.

Hopefully my advice will help you...Please post back with your results as it will help others.

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July 22, 2007 at 21:15:43


I'd like an explanation of this. Are you saying that if he lets the screen that gives the "inconvenience" message loop for up to an hour it will eventually go into Safe Mode or are you saying that he has to request Safe Mode at that screen over and over again for up to an hour?

I know for a fact that an XP Pro machine will loop for days because we have one at work that's been looping for close to a week. It's nobody's machine, sitting on an unused desk, just looping away, apologizing for the inconvenience every 30 seconds or so, day after day after day.

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July 22, 2007 at 21:31:47

DerbyDad03, if you have a machine that is looping away, why not uncheck automatically restart and see what the error message says when it blue screens?

I can't believe one would let a machine continuosly loop for no reason...sorry, makes no sense to me.

Hopefully my advice will help you...Please post back with your results as it will help others.

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July 23, 2007 at 00:56:07

But there is a reason: Nobody cares. It's an unused machine on an unused desk. We're moving our offices and IT will be taking the machine away in a few weeks cuz we won't need in the new office. It's kind of fun to see it looping whenever we walk by. If you really want to know why it's looping, stop by and uncheck the automatic restart option. I'll buy lunch. :-)

Your response didn't address my request for a further explanation of your "wait from 10 minutes to 1 hour for safe mode to come up" comment. I'm truly interested in what you meant. It might come in handy some day. Thanks.

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July 23, 2007 at 05:37:08

I really appreciate all the response.

DerbyDad: I did get to that second screen you were asking about. I tapped F8 before I got to the eMachine page and it brought up different black page with white MSDOS writing. That is where I had those 4-5 choices to choose from, which looped be back to the very original black screen with the white writing. The CD's that I borrowed from my neighbor...The one that is labeled "Operating System" does have a Dell logo on it. The other one says Microsoft on the top and the bottom says Microsoft Windows XP Professional and has a long key code on it. Has a large Microsoft/Windows logo, nothing else on the CD.

XP User: As for waiting 10 minutes or so, that didn't work. It only gives you about 45 seconds(it actully shows you a countdown of seconds) to select one of the actions. If you don't select an action it will automatically choose the one that is highlighed(normal start) then it looks like it is starting, takes you to the eMachine logo, then takes you back to the original black screen with the MSDOS white writing. We went out to lunch and ran a few errands, came back home and the computer was still automatically looping about every 45 seconds.

My son had a bright idea(ha) that putting one of his game CD's would magically fix the computer. When I took it out and tried to turn the computer manually off for the night It had a new screen on it...

Phoenix BIOS 4.0 Release 6.0
CPU= Intel...
...System RAM passed
...Cashe SRAM Passed
System BIOS shadowed
Video BIOS shadowed
Mouse initialized
Fixed Disk 0: Maxtor 2f040j0
0251: System CMOS Checksum bad-default configuration used
Press <DEL> to set up, <F2> to resume

What does this mean and what should I choose????

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July 23, 2007 at 09:15:15

Okay, I gave up and did a quick restore. I just decided since it was the spare computer there was nothing REALLY important that I needed to save.

More problems. I'll start a new thread.

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