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Solved: Ran System Recovery then PC froze at registration process

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by liebjosi, Oct 15, 2008.

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  1. liebjosi

    liebjosi Thread Starter

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    I have a Compaq Presario S4000NX desktop, 2.4 gigahertz Intel Celeron with (1) 40 G hard drive and (1) 4 G (that someone else installed for me 2 yrs. ago). I bought the PC in '03. I ran the System Recovery by going into the Program Files and Compaq instead of using the CDs. I thought I would be prompted to insert the CD once the program started but I wasn't. It took about 20 min. to complete. That was a red flag to me because it was so quick. It restarted and brought me to the registration process. Once through that, I was at a screen that basically said I was done and in order to go to my desktop, I should click on the "Finish" button. I did so, and a large hourglass appeared and my PC froze. I shut it down cold, booted it up again, it went through the same process, I ended up at the same page, clicked on "Finish" and it froze again. I decided to try to use the Recovery CDs before I shut it down again in the hope that I could go through the process with the CDs. When it booted up again with the 1st CD in the drive, there was a black screen that prompted me to type in whether I wanted a Restore, Full Recovery or Quit. I couldn't type anything in because, for some dumb reason, my keyboard didn't work. I ejected the CD, shut it down cold again, re-booted it and my keyboard started working again but I ended up back at the registration screen where it froze initially.

    Sorry this is so lengthy but I want to be as thorough as possible. I also want to add that before I even started the System Recovery process, I backed up my data on the external hard drive. I was going to burn some music and pics for my daughter but found out that the files were too large so I just moved them to my EHD. Once that was finished, I still had files in the "burn" folder so I proceeded to delete them. As they were being deleted, I recvd a pop-up from AVG stating that it had found SEVERAL trojans. It asked if I wanted it to remove the threat and if so, the system could become unstable or crash, and it prompted me to click on "yes" so I did. About 10 seconds later, the same window popped up again so I clicked "yes". About 10 seconds later it happened again. I must've clicked on it at least 20x. It seems to me that it was a loop. That's when I just went ahead with the System Recovery and now it seems that I'm really in deep. I sure would appreciate your help!
     
  2. liebjosi

    liebjosi Thread Starter

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    Well.....I posted this 3 days ago and didn't receive a reply :mad: I solved the problem myself.
     
  3. robo

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    How did you solve the problem?
     
  4. liebjosi

    liebjosi Thread Starter

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    I replaced the CMOS battery
     
  5. robo

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    Thanks for the info. Unfortunately that didn't solve my problem but it was worth a try.
     
  6. liebjosi

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    That's a bummer. Well then, best of luck and hopefully someone will give you the help needed.
     
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