Constant restarting loop when loading windowsXP

Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

brougham

Thread Starter
Joined
Apr 29, 2001
Messages
26
I don't post on here much but you guys have saved me many times and I thank you for it :)

Hopefully you can do it one more time.

The computer was given to me and all they said was "It won't start." So i booted it up and it kept getting into post, then tryed to start windows then reboots. It goes in a constant loop. I thought "Ok, probably a boot sector virus." I've had this same problem before and all i had to do was fdisk /mbr then formatting and all was fine and dandy... well that didn't work. So I tryed doing the same thing with gdisk /mbr. That didn't work.

That I can do is format c: /s and have it boot to the prompt no problem, so i think there is no real damage tot he HD (but i could be wrong).

I don't have to worry about the data on the drive so any solution to get this thing to boot would be great.

Thanks,
Brad
 

brougham

Thread Starter
Joined
Apr 29, 2001
Messages
26
It won't even get there, that's what I'm saying. It gets just past post and then restarts.
 

cybertech

Retired Moderator
Joined
Apr 16, 2002
Messages
72,115
Can access the bios? If so see if the ACPI is turned off.
Try a different keyboard if you have one.
Have you tried booting to the floppy drive?
 

brougham

Thread Starter
Joined
Apr 29, 2001
Messages
26
I can access the bios, I can also flash it. I can also boot from CD and floppy. And I've even tried a different keyboard.
 

cybertech

Retired Moderator
Joined
Apr 16, 2002
Messages
72,115
So what is stopping you from reloading the machine? You stated you don't care about the data and the load may just be corrupt. If I'm missing something let me know.
 

brougham

Thread Starter
Joined
Apr 29, 2001
Messages
26
That is exactly what I mean! =)

What IS stopping me.

I reformat, boot from the CD and get to the windows setup. It asks me where I want the windows load and I put it on the formatted HD. Once it loads all the stuff it asks you to restart or it will automatically start you in 15 secs.

The computer restarts, gets past the post...then restarts again...then again. I never even get the windows setup screen that asks for your region and network settings.
 

cybertech

Retired Moderator
Joined
Apr 16, 2002
Messages
72,115
OK, Now I'm on the same page with you :D

Give us some specs on the machine.

When you format the drive are you making one partition? Are you going NTFS or Fat32? How big is the drive? Did you check to make sure all of the partitions are gone? I think you go to option 4 in Fdisk to see the partitions, then 3 to delete.
 

brougham

Thread Starter
Joined
Apr 29, 2001
Messages
26
I have tried formatting the drive in both fat32 and NTFS. And yes I've gotten rid of all the partions. I've used both FDISK and GDISK.

I am usually making one partition, just less confusion that way.
 

cybertech

Retired Moderator
Joined
Apr 16, 2002
Messages
72,115
And this is a purchased original XP CD, not copied/burned, not a restore from a different mfg.?
 

brougham

Thread Starter
Joined
Apr 29, 2001
Messages
26
Original CD, no service packs on the build. Computer is capable of running XP, as it was running it for 4 months prior to the crash.
 

cybertech

Retired Moderator
Joined
Apr 16, 2002
Messages
72,115
brougham,
I gotta split for the day. But one more thing comes to mind.
If you answer yes to my last question....
Try a different video card if that's an option. I'm thinking perhaps a driver problem.

I'll check back tomorrow to see how things are going.
 

brougham

Thread Starter
Joined
Apr 29, 2001
Messages
26
Ok, I've tried another totally different HD and it's doing the same thing...

I'm running out of things to try here. Someone please add a suggestion.

Thanks
 
Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 807,865 other people just like you!

Latest posts

Staff online

Top