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computer continuously restarts

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by TooClueless, Feb 7, 2005.

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  1. TooClueless

    TooClueless Thread Starter

    Feb 7, 2005
    I inherited a computer from a relative recently that is running windows 98SE. It was working fine, but now...

    When the computer is turned on, it begins to boot like all computers do. Then a screen comes up stating that windows will now start in safe-mode because the computer was not shut down properly, and gives you the options to choose to start-up, such as 1.load windows normal, 2. boot log, 3.safe-mode, etc. The computer then goes straight to scan disk and runs standard scan disk and upon completion the screen goes black, with a DOS cursor (?) in the top left hand corner and the computer then starts to reboot all over again as if I had just turned it on. It will do this forever.

    When I turn the computer on with a start-up disk in it goes to the A:/ prompt. I've typed in the few DOS commands I know and they all come back with bad command or file name. This is about as far as I've ever had to go with a computer that wouldn't even boot in safe-mode.

    Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.
  2. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Mar 19, 2001
    Hiya and welcome

    Did you install any new hardware/software prior to this problem? When you get to the A prompt, what happens if you type

    cd c:\

    Does it give the C prompt? If so, what happens if you type


    or even



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