reboot loop

April 28, 2011 at 20:42:19
Specs: Windows XP pro
I reformatted my hdrive and reinstalled windows xp pro w/ service pack 2. Everything loaded fine, I was running system updates and downloading software off the net when all of a sudden I got the blue screen of death. Rebooted the computer and it brings me to the menu option to start windows normally or choose one of the safe mode options. No matter what I choose it does the same thing, just reboots the computer and brings me back to the menu. I inserted the xp disc and booted up using the cd, tried to run a repair and it said it couldn't find the directory or something along those lines. Went to reinstall windows option and the setup couldn't detect any of my three partitions. I can't delete, create or reinstall windows. I am at a loss. Does anybody have any ideas?

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April 28, 2011 at 22:23:10
Yes, test the hard drive. You need to download the diagnostic utility from the maker of the hard-drive (seagate, western digital etc). Since you cannot load the operating system, you will need to use the utility to make a bootable cd to test the hard drive. Sounds like a dying board on the hard drive. Should it pass the extensive test, then I would make a bootable cd of "memtest" downloadable easily from the net, and test the ram. Thats a good start.

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