System logs on then off staraight away!!

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February 16, 2010 at 01:01:48
Specs: Windows XP professional
On an IBM ThinkPad T42 Windows XP loads and gets to the user log on screen and then just flashes on the desktop screen and returns to the user screen. It does this in Safe mode and last known good configuration. I do not have the XPcd as the machine was supplied ready loaded, nor are there any backup disks. Also I am broke and a complete novice so please keep any replies simple to follow and if possible free.

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February 16, 2010 at 01:10:05

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#2
February 16, 2010 at 01:50:54
Thanks for the link but the Access IBM button only brings up a 'Startup Interupt Menu' with 3 options Esc- to resume normal startup F1 to entre BIOS setup Utility and F12 to choose a tempory startup device. Any more help please

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#3
February 16, 2010 at 05:09:50
... what happens if you tap the <F11> key @ bootup?

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#4
February 16, 2010 at 05:59:14
Thanks but the article said to use F11 key which I tried a few times but it has no effect at all, just beeps.

Is there any other key stroke combination that is used to access the Product Recovery program


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#5
February 16, 2010 at 08:46:29
... found this worth reading and looks free click here Recovery 3.1 << thats as far as I got.

... not sure if this applies to you Battery recall

... let us know how you get on!

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#6
February 16, 2010 at 11:01:58
Thanks mavis007. I have looked at the article suggested and it seems that you have to have downloaded the product first and as far as i am aware this has not been done. I did try F12 as an alternative but still no joy with getting to the recovery page.
PS I am in UK so this may affect things also times of contact.

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#7
February 16, 2010 at 14:06:11
... have you got a bootup win98 floppy or win98 bootup cd?

... if so bootup with it type fdisk from command prompt

... option "4. Display partition information" to see if the other partition exists on your drive

... might aswell see if its there!

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#8
February 16, 2010 at 15:00:25
Thanks for the tip, I do not have either but may be able to get hold of one of them tomorrow. Will let you know how I get on

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#9
February 16, 2010 at 15:05:21
... you can download and create them from the links above!

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#10
February 16, 2010 at 15:45:33
That would be an option if the Laptop had a floppy disc drive or I had a CD writer that worked on this old desk top unit I am using at the moment but as I have neither... Back to plan B but thanks for the help so far

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#11
February 18, 2010 at 13:41:48
Hi Mavis007
Got XP cd no partions and so have to go for complete reload but now my product codes do not work when needed any sugestions

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#12
February 19, 2010 at 06:33:05
... when you say "no partions" you do mean that there is of course your one main partition (not just the spelling!) guessing you mean that there are not any others!

... just incase your xp cd ca'nt see any at all!

... I could send you a link of an "iso" bootup cd image, you'll need a cd writer and one blank cd to create the disc.

... suggesting that you bootup with it retrieve the xp serial from you installed xp which this has the ability to do.

... open windows explorer on the desktop (has gui interface) navigate to your c:\windows\i386 folder and open/run the file "winnt32.exe" which should start windows installation.

... I would also suggest that you copy the entire "i386" folder to a usb (cheap as chips flash drive?) device (about 550MB) which you'll be able to do for safe keeping incase something goes wrong.

... let me know and I'll pm you the link!


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#13
February 21, 2010 at 07:36:19
Mi Mavis007
I did mean no backup partion so reloaded and have now sorted out product key problem AND I am sending this from the machine that would not work. I have made a copy as suggested of i386 file just in case. Your help has been much appreciated

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#14
February 21, 2010 at 07:39:19
... well done!... glad you're sorted thx for letting me know!


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