Windows XP Pro will not load

August 30, 2013 at 21:44:38
Specs: Windows 7
Late 90's model Dell (Dimension 2400) tower PC from cold boot displays windows screen with traveling bars then the Dell screen followed by blank screen. About a minute later repeats the same process. Repeats endlessly if allowed to. Will not display welcome screen with users names.

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#1
August 30, 2013 at 22:14:21
Have you just been infected?

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#2
August 31, 2013 at 01:38:33
Start tapping F8 after you turn it on. A boot menu should come up. Try 'last known good configuration' and see if it then boots. If that doesn't work restart it, F8 again and choose 'safe mode'. Does it boot then?

Did you make any changes to it or did anything happen to it between the last time it worked OK and the first time it didn't?


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#3
August 31, 2013 at 06:41:22
Bad ram modules can cause cycling as can an old dead or dying hard drive with corrupted boot files. If the computer has more than one ram module try removing one and attempt to boot. If it does not boot swap out the stick or ram with one you removed and try again. You can also make a bootable cd from seatools for DOS and do a quick generic test of the hard drive, if fails the hard drive is caput, if it passes, then run the long generic test and see if it passes that. This will tell us if you have hardware problems or just a corrupted windows.

http://www.seagate.com/support/down...

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#4
August 31, 2013 at 22:42:47
Not likely a problem with a virus; the computer has been off the Internet for quite sometime. It just started this when it was hooked up to a modem to resume an Internet life. I disconnected the Ethernet to see if that could have possibly initiated the issue, however the problem did not resolve so I re-connected the Ethernet. The system had been used daily offline by my elderly friend to play games that I had downloaded for her.

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#5
August 31, 2013 at 22:45:56
I'll try your advice in the morning. It's been so long since I've needed to start in safe mode that I completely forgot about pressing the F8 key at start-up. Thank you for the memory jog.

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#6
August 31, 2013 at 22:54:31
I tended to lean toward the hard drive failing myself, but I don't have anymore IDE drives laying around and I really didn't want to buy a 'Pull'. I may have no choice. If starting safe mode doesn't resolve the issue, I'll try your suggestion with the RAM. Thanks.

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