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Compaq Presario 700 w/ XP Crash

Need advice, please. My Compaq Presario 700 with XP crashed yesterday. I have Roxio GoBack 3, but it fails to recover---just sits there and runs for hours and hours. I have now disabled GoBack 3 and inserted Norton Systemworks CD (which says it can be used as a recovery CD)--it gave me a WinXP screen at first (with no other words or symbols on the monitor) but now has nothing but a blank blue monitor.
(I'm using another computer in the same household to do this message). Any advice would be appreciated.
(p.s. I have 3 CDs for Compaq QuickRestore, but I a note that comes with those CDs says they will erase all data on my hard drive.)

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Re: Compaq Presario 700 w/ XP Crash

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This is exactly what I use KNOPPIX for. I'll supply a link in a moment. Since you may have a network, a KNOPPIX CD could be booted and you could copy your files out to the other machine. Here's a discussion about such.

http://tips.oncomputers.info/archives2004/0401/2004-Jan-11.htm

I'd love to not a non-destructive XP repair, but saving your files is the first step.

Bob

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I disabled Xp's system restore and installed Go Back 3 on the first computer I owned with XP. I had a crash I couldn't fix and decided to do a complete system restore using the CD set that came with the computer. The system restore CDs wouldn't work with Go Back installed. The only way I finally got it to work was to manually format the hard drive first then put in and run the restore CDs. I don't know if Go Back has the same effect if you use the Windows XP CD to repair a problem.


After I got everything back up and running, I didn't reinstall Go Back. Now I use XP's system restore which I don't like as well. But after that mess, I decided Go Back wasn't worth it.

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