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Boot screen looping

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by luco12345, Jul 1, 2012.

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  1. luco12345

    luco12345 Thread Starter

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    Hey everyone

    I am trying to help a friend to fix his computer but i am having no luck so far.

    When the computer is switched on it goes straight to the boot screen giving options to start in safe mode etc. When any of the options are chosen it either goes to the windows xp load screen or it goes to a blank black screen and then returns to the boot screen again.

    He does not have the windows xp installation disk

    Running windows xp home edition

    What would be the best way for me to backup all the files on the harddrive??

    Any help would me much appreciated.
     
  2. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor

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    Welcome to Tech Support Guy

    Here is your best way to get your personal data BEFORE we try and solve the problem
    Always best to get your data off first.
    Use Puppy Linux Live CD to Recover Your Data:

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    ***Required Hardware***
    CD Burner (CDRW) Drive,
    Blank CD,
    Extra Storage Device (USB Flash Drive, External Hard Drive)

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    1. Save these files to your Desktop/Burn Your Live CD:
    • Download Latest Puppy Linux ISO (i.e.: lupu-528.iso)
      Download BurnCDCC ISO Burning Software

      There are instructions on how to boot from flash drive with puppy here; http://www.pendrivel...e-from-windows/
      • Open BurnCDCC with Windows Explorer
      • Extract All files to a location you can remember
      • Double Click [​IMG] BurnCDCC
      • Click Browse [​IMG] and navigate to the Puppy Linux ISO file you just downloaded
      • Open/Double Click that file
        IMPORTANT: Adjust the speed bar to CD: 4x DVD: 1x
      • Click Start [​IMG]
      • Your CD Burner Tray will open automatically
      • Insert a blank CD and close the tray
      • Click OK
      Puppy Linux Live CD will now be created
    2. Set your boot priority in the BIOS to CD-ROM first, Hard Drive Second

      • Start the computer/press the power button
      • Immediately start tapping the appropriate key to enter the BIOS, aka "Setup"
        (Usually shown during the "Dell" screen, or "Gateway" Screen)
      • Once in the BIOS, under Advanced BIOS Options change boot priority to:
        CD-ROM 1st, Hard Drive 2nd
      • Open your ROM drive and insert the disk
      • Press F10 to save and exit
      • Agree with "Y" to continue
      • Your computer will restart and boot from the Puppy Linux Live CD

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    3. Recover Your Data

    • Once Puppy Linux has loaded, it is actually running in your computer's Memory (RAM). You will see a fully functioning Graphical User Interface similar to what you normally call "your computer". Internet access may or may not be available depending on your machine, so it is recommended you print these instructions before beginning. Also, double clicking is not needed in Puppy. To expand, or open folders/icons, just click once. Puppy is very light on resources, so you will quickly notice it is much speedier than you are used to. This is normal. Ready? Let's get started.

      3a. Mount Drives
      • Click the Mount Icon located at the top left of your desktop. [​IMG]
      • A Window will open. By default, the "drive" tab will be forward/highlighted. Click on Mount for your hard drive.
      • Assuming you only have one hard drive and/or partition, there may be only one selection to mount.
      • USB Flash Drives usually automatically mount upon boot, but click the "usbdrv" tab and make sure it is mounted.
      • If using an external hard drive for the data recovery, do this under the "drive" tab. Mount it now.
      3b. Transfer Files.
      • At the bottom left of your desktop a list of all hard drives/partitions, USB Drives, and Optical Drives are listed with a familiar looking hard drive icon.
      • Open your old hard drive i.e. sda1
      • Next, open your USB Flash Drive or External Drive. i.e. sdc or sdb1
      • If you open the wrong drive, simply X out at the top right corner of the window that opens. (Just like in Windows)
      • From your old hard drive, drag and drop whatever files/folders you wish to transfer to your USB Drive's Window.
      For The Novice: The common path to your pictures, music, video, and documents folders is: Documents and Settings >> All Users (or each idividual name of each user. CHECK All Names!) >> Documents >> You will now see My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos.

      Remember to only click once! No double clicking! Once you drag and drop your first folder, you will notice a small menu will appear giving you the option to move or copy. Choose COPY each time you drag and drop.

      YOU ARE DONE!!! Simply click Menu >> Mouse Over Shutdown >> Reboot/Turn Off Computer. Be sure to plug your USB Drive into another working windows machine to verify all data is there and transferred without corruption. Congratulations!



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  3. luco12345

    luco12345 Thread Starter

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    Hi thanks for replying. Is puppy linux compatible with the windows operating system?
     
  4. Macboatmaster

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    With respect I would not have suggested you use it if it would not work
    It does not work with the windows system it runs in ram and allows you to access the hard drive to recover your data

    as indeed the heading says
     
  5. luco12345

    luco12345 Thread Starter

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    Ok thanks I will give it a go.
     
  6. Macboatmaster

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    You are welcome and then when you have the data secure we can try to solve the problem
     
  7. luco12345

    luco12345 Thread Starter

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    I probably won't get a chance until the weekend but il keep u posted :)
     
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