WinXP Repair problem

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wahlroot

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Three different times I have attempted to repair (install over WinXP). Each time it would go part way and stop, screen goes black, and it reboots. Each time it goes back to the same place, and starts over. It seems to load some things. I think it would go on forever if I did not turn off the power. Going into Safe Mode does not work. I heard from my daughter today, and her computer is doing the same thing. I have my Xp on a separate partition, and can blow it away and, reload it. My daughter does not. Can anyone tell me what she can do to fix this problem.
 

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When I have a problem like this the first thing I do is check the hardware. Download and run a memory tester; it runs from a floppy so there is no need for an os to be loaded. Next download and run the hd mgf's utility for checking the drive. If both checkout ok, then remove everything except for one hd, one cdrom, video card, ram, and floppy. Now do the install. Add in cards, printers, etc after the os is loaded.
 

wahlroot

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Checked RAM with Simmtester, and HD withWestern Digital. Both passed. Removed Modem, Printer, and disconnected CD burner. No help. Reconnected CD burner and disconnected CD-ROM. No help. Everything else is part of motherboard. Both computers are Compaq model 7478, and the same age.
 

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Rather than repair, have you tried to do a parallel install? You would install to another folder such as windows1. This would be a clean install and allow you to copy files that are needed. Once this is complete, then delete all partition [unless you have one of those compaqs that keep bios info on a hidden part of the hd] and clean install.

Is this a full version of xp or one of those recovery disks?
 

wahlroot

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crjdriver The XP discs are full. The parallel install might work if my daughter had not allready tried a repair and is experiencing stop, reboot, stop reboot etc. It seems the only way to get out of this is to poweroff. Startup goes back to the same place.
MINz The same applies to Windows XP Repair. It might work the next time,
but she can not get it started.
 
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The repair guide I posted is for when you can't boot into XP at all. It starts off by using the recovery console. You should check it out.

MINz
 

wahlroot

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MINz I talked to my daughter, and she is sending her computer to her son. I e-mailed him the web address that you recommended. Will see what happens there. I loaded my WinXP CD to a file on my backup partition. I can reach this from my Win98 partition. Can I start this from there, and how would I do that. I heard from someplace it is in file folder 1386. Do not know if this is correct, or where to look in there. A lot of stuff in there.
 
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