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Safe-mode... Windows protection erorr... normal... auto-reboot?

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Sociailbrium, Sep 6, 2004.

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  1. Sociailbrium

    Sociailbrium Thread Starter

    Sep 6, 2004
    Hey so I was looking through the forum but couldn't find an instance where this had happened although I am probably not looking hard enough I received a call last night from a friends dad asking me if I could come over and fix or take a look at his Pc, he told me it wouldn't load and kept going in to safe-mode so I thought it was just a case of fried Ram or he just didn't know a thing. However having just returned from their home, it is infact quite different. Upon booting the screen goes to typical normal, logging, safe-mode screen however choosing normal re-boots the Pc and it starts over again, logging does the same and safe-mode brings up a 'Blue screen of death' but says :Windows protection error, please restart your Pc. I fiddled with Cmos and Bios for an hour trying to change cache settings and alike but to no avail, so I went inside it and nothing is wrong, no fried cards, motherboard although a little dusty is in perfect shape... So I'm clueless which is why I have turned to this forum, can anyone help me with this? He says that he was just checking his E-mail and it re-booted... and I'm stumped as to what the problem is.. Oh and he can't re-install either apperently he has tried to and it has shown the same screen... So does anybody have any experience with this problem that can help me? Thanks
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    Sep 9, 2004
    I always suspect a virus when the statement is "everything was fine, I was checking my email and then suddenly the computer is toast." Makes no logical sense as the OS just doesn't go kablooey for no reason. So, I suspect a virus in an email attachment, but regardless of what it was, reboot>F8>Command prompt only>format C: should do the trick, then just reinstall windows.
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